In what may amount to one of the greatest pieces of political trolling in modern history (CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “a political Rick-Roll”), Donald Trump hyped a “major” speech in which he would put to rest his controversial statements on President Obama’s birth place – then used the free publicity to hype his hotel.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 16, 2016
The event was covered on every major network. Journalists flocked to the venue (a new Trump hotel, naturally) and got ready to report. And then Trump pulled the rug out from under them.
There was no “speech.” There was no apology. The event was just a series of former members of the military trotted out to endorse Trump.
Then Trump got to the microphone and simply said:
“Hillary Clinton started the birther controversy. I ended it. President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. And now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”
The statement was laughable on its face, but also ridiculous underneath. No, Hillary didn’t start the birther controversy. She never even indulged it. And no, Trump didn’t “end” the birther controversy. He actively indulged it for years.
In fact, in 2014, he was still suggesting Obama not only was not a U.S. citizen, but that he forged his birth certificate.
English network Sky News asked him about it in an interview and his answer was as horrific as ever. The “debate” may have ended for most Americans, but not for Trump. He was still a fervent birther.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 16, 2016
In that brief interview, Trump claims that Obama’s birth certificate was forged. That “a lot of people” believe it’s fake. That Obama is at fault for Trump never giving $5 million to charity. That he would release his tax returns if he chose to run in 2016. And that he would beat Hillary Clinton if he did run.
Every single sentence Trump said was a lie.
Featured image via Sky News