She Started It…

After reading and hearing about the fact that Donald Trump claims President Obama was indeed born in the United States, many thoughts came to mind. To get perspective that some say is unfair and unbalanced, I read a few articles on Fox News. This particular article focused on the fact that Donald Trump on Friday claimed he ended the birther controversy. I wanted to include the entire article and add my comments about this significant sea change.

One other thing to note, Trump and Clinton trade barbs over Obama birther movement is an interesting title in lieu of the fact that Donald Trump has been clinging to the birther claim for about 5 years. One more thing to note, nowhere in the Fox News article does it state Trump has been trumpeting this cause for about 5 years…

From Fox News:

3Donald Trump tried to tamp down a newly revived campaign dust-up Friday over his views on President Obama’s birthplace, declaring the president was born in the United States – “period” – after declining to make that statement earlier this week.

The Republican presidential nominee also tried to blame Hillary Clinton for starting the controversy back in 2008, which her team denies. He cast his remarks as a bid to put the issue to rest once and for all, at a time when his poll numbers are rising.

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Trump said in Washington, D.C. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

So that’s it, you claimed President Obama was not born in the United States for 5 years and you can simply say you finished it and move on?

Should the press move on just because you said it was closed? Do you really think the press will not have many questions about this sudden change in strategy and why now? Will they not want to know your rationale about the birther movement before and after the documents were made public?

He spoke at his new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a visit that began with lengthy remarks from military supporters and veterans. He briefly addressed the “birther” issue at the end.

The statement comes after Trump’s response on the matter in an interview Wednesday revived the issue. In the interview with The Washington Post, Trump was asked whether he believed Obama was born in the U.S. “I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump told the paper. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

Let me get this straight, so on Wednesday he said he’ll answer the question at the right time and then two days later, he claims to have finished the issue saying President Obama was born in the US. Hm, I wonder if he got advice from Kelly Ann Conway who sensed this could get out of hand and hurt his chances in November if they didn’t get closure on this issue.

Trump’s campaign spokesman, trying to calm the waters, said overnight the Republican candidate now believes Obama was born in the U.S. Campaign spokesman Jason Miller said Trump “did a great service to the country” by bringing closure to the debate.

Jason Miller claims Trump did a great service to the country by bringing closure to the debate. I don’t think this was a debatable issue. Trump had claimed for 5 years that Obama was not born in the United States as he was the key birther person. So now we’re going to pivot to talk about more important issues? I think Trump did a great disservice to the country by accusing Obama of being born outside the US. In fact, he’s continuing to do him and the country a disservice by not explaining himself. Why the turn-around Mr. Trump? Do you feel any guilt about your accusations without having solid evidence to the contrary? Will you apologize to our current President?

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“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate,” Miller said.

2But the Clinton campaign seized on Trump’s reluctance to address the issue in his Post interview.

Speaking shortly before Trump across town at the Black Women’s Agenda Symposium, Clinton said Friday the Republican nominee was “feeding into” the “bigotry and bias that lurks in our country” – and should apologize.

“Barack Obama was born in America,” she said. “Donald Trump owes him and the American people an apology.”

Her campaign called his Friday comments “disgraceful.”

The dust-up comes as Trump gains on Clinton in national and battleground state polls, even surpassing her in some states.

A new Fox News poll shows Clinton topping Trump by just one point among likely voters in the four-way ballot nationally.

In the head-to-head matchup, Trump’s up by one point.

Both candidates were fundraising Friday after events in Washington. Clinton has endured a rough week on the campaign trail, after criticizing some Trump supporters last Friday as “deplorables” and then having to take time off from the campaign due to a bout of pnemonia.

She used the birther issue to try and go back on offense.

While Obama was born in Hawaii, Trump several years ago was a key figure in stoking the so-called “birther” controversy. Critics saw it as an attempt to delegitimize the nation’s first black president.

Trump has said repeatedly during the campaign that he no longer talks about the “birther” issue.

If you had brought it up once or twice in the past few years, perhaps a more detail explanation on your motivation for doing so is less critical, however, if you’ve done this for 5 years, you owe the President and American people an explanation and a sincere apology — preferably in person to President Obama.

The Trump campaign’s statement late Thursday claimed that Clinton launched the “birther” movement during her unsuccessful primary run against Obama in 2008.

Wrong, fact checkers from all over the place state Secretary Clinton did not launch the birther movement in 2008. Not only did he not apologize, he quickly pivoted to falsely accuse Secretary Clinton of launching this movement. Obfuscate, obfuscate, obfuscate.

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President,” the statement said. “This type of vicious and conniving behavior is straight from the Clinton Playbook. As usual, however, Hillary Clinton was too weak to get an answer.”

1Clinton has long denied the claim, and fact-checkers previously have found no public evidence that she or her campaign directly pushed the issue. Rather, Trump’s comments appear to refer to reports that Clinton supporters circulated an email during the bitter 2008 primary race questioning Obama’s citizenship.

Yet former McClatchy D.C. bureau chief James Asher said on Twitter Friday that Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal in fact “told me in person” that Obama was born in Kenya.

Obama had released a standard short form of his birth certificate before the 2008 presidential election. Anyone who wants a copy of the more detailed, long-form document must submit a waiver request, and have that request approved by Hawaii’s health department.

In 2011, amid persistent questions from Trump about his birthplace, Obama submitted a waiver request. He dispatched his personal lawyer to Hawaii to pick up copies and carry the documents back to Washington on a plane.

The form said Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu. It is signed by the delivery doctor, Obama’s mother and the local registrar.

Why did you continue to be a birther after president Obama provided proof of citizenship? Did you do investigation after he provided his birth certificate? What did you have to gain by doing this?

At the White House on Friday, Obama declined to comment at length on the issue, saying he’s got other business to attend to – and is confident about where he was born.






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