Donald Trump has spent years peddling the false — and blatantly racist — narrative that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, but now his campaign wants voters to believe that he’s had a sudden change of heart.
In a likely attempt to distance the Republican Presidential Nominee from the racially offensive birther movement ideals as Trump amps up his futile efforts to sway African-American voters, his communications adviser Jason Miller released a statement on Thursday insisting that Trump now believes the President was born in America.
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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,” read the statement from Trump’s communications adviser, Jason Miller. “Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.”
Many will remember Trump’s relentless pursuit to gain support for the bogus idea that President Obama wasn’t born a U.S. citizen that began well before he announced his run for the White House.
The President even famously mocked Trump’s ridiculous accusations during his 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech.
Most recently, the GOP presidential front-runner dodged a direct question from the Washington Post about whether or not he now accepts that the POTUS was born in the U.S.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet,” Trump said on Wednesday afternoon.
As pointed out by Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton, the possibility of having a man who led the prejudice birther movement at one point in the Oval Office following President Obama’s historic term is indeed a troubling concept.