As the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally admitted that President Barack Obama was born on U.S. soil, he was very widely criticized for the way he did it, as virtually all of what Trump said but for his admission that President Obama was born in the U.S. was demonstrably false.
Here are five important facts about the movement to question the President’s birth place, a movement led by Donald Trump.
1. Trump has for years claimed that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement. This is a false claim that has been debunked for as long as Trump has made it. Trump has pointed to Clinton’s chief strategist in 2007, Mark Penn — not Clinton herself — as the origin of birtherism. In fact, the only thing that Penn stated that is being related to the issue was whether as part of a campaign strategy something should be made of what he called Obama’s “limited” relationship with American values because of his upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia — saying nothing of Obama’s birthplace. That proposed strategy was never employed by the Clinton campaign, even though it would not have questioned the President’s place of birth had it even been.
2. President Obama’s citizenship has never been in question outside of Trump and the birther movement’s claims. There has never been credible evidence presented by any source that would support the claim that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.
3. Even though Mr. Obama’s short-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health in 2008. However, Trump disputed the document prompting the President to produce his long-form birth certificate in 2011.
4. Stunningly, the man who introduced Donald Trump at the event where he finally admitted that Barack Obama was born on U.S. soil was a retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney who himself wrote an affidavit in 2010 challenging President Obama’s authority, due to “widespread and legitimate concerns” regarding his origin of birth.
5. President Obama’s reacted to Trump’s birtherism on Friday by saying “I’m shocked that a question like that would come up at a time when we’ve got so many things to do … Well, I’m not that shocked, actually. It’s really typical … I was pretty confident about where I was born. I think most people were as well, and my hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that.”