That is right. For sixteen years, Barack Obama lied about the country of his birth, finally admitting he was born in the USA only after he announced he was running for president, which requires natural citizenship.
But Hillary Clinton needed a diversion from her failing health and falling poll numbers, and so Jeff Bezos's Washington Post and others revived the birtherism nontroversy to deflect attention from her.
Trump's folks issued a response on Thursday night:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President. 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. Even the MSNBC show Morning Joe admits that it was Clinton’s henchmen who first raised this issue, not Donald J. Trump.
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. Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised. Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer. Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.
Mr. Trump is now totally focused on bringing jobs back to America, defeating radical Islamic terrorism, taking care of our veterans, introducing school choice opportunities and rebuilding and making our inner cities safe again.The media -- whose unfavorables are worse than Trump's -- said no, Hillary did not raise this issue in 2008. That is a lie. She peddled it to the networks and only Fox News bit.
But the source of all this is a public relations handout from 1991 that stood for 16 years:
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.Not until 2007 did the Associated Press correct its bio on Obama, whom the AP called the "first Kenyan born senator" upon his election in 2004.
But of course the truth is not what the press pursues in this century.
Today, Trump opened his newest hotel, a renovation of the Old Post Office in Washington. Reporters tried to ask him about birtherism. He refused. Instead he brought out veterans and Medal of Honor recipients who back his campaign. Libby Nelson of Vox wrote a lengthy denunciation of the event, which likely echoed the feelings of a press corps that is growing more openly hostile by the day as their candidate tumbles.
“Nice hotel,” he opened his remarks, which were part of a ceremony honoring Medal of Honor winners. He went on to call it one of the best hotels, maybe, in the world.
Most presidential candidates — well, most presidential candidates wouldn’t need to make this speech in the first place. But if they did, they’d find some kind of neutral ground to do it, somewhere like the National Press Club.
Of course, Trump does own the hotel, so there’s nothing wrong with him having an event there instead of somewhere else. But using the speech, and the Medal of Honor winners he honoring, to actively promote his own business and brag about how great it is is part of a long history of Trump using his campaign and his foundation to personally enrich himself. (Ivanka Trump, who’s using his policy platform to promote her own brand, is following in her father’s footsteps.)I am curious as to why reporters think someone would hold an event opening his hotel at some other place like the National Press Club.
Later, the networks refused to film a tour of the new hotel.
It gets crazy in Washington when the establishment candidate is flailing and the rebel is winning.
Time magazine did a piece on the hotel:
Sitting at a the long marble bar at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a woman on a plush Royal blue bar stools shared a thought with her date.
“It’s really nice, despite the name on the building” she said.
That was not the reception that Donald Trump was aiming for when he announced the renovation of the old post office building on Pennsylvania Avenue back in 2014, a time when he was better known as a reality TV star and occasional Obama antagonist than the Republican presidential nominee.
Now that he’s seeking to move in down the street, Trump’s brand has taken a hit in this politically minded town. But even people who aren’t fans of his politics found some things to like in the upscale hotel.Of course they "found some things to like in the upscale hotel."
For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the opening of the hotel. That was the reason for the event -- not to discuss birtherism, which was the Clinton Camp's topic of the day.
Citizens meanwhile want American to be great again. Reporters covering Trump don't. Got it.
If the media were interested in the truth, Obama's role in birtherism would be part of the story, as would Obama's hostile ridicule of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Association Dinner, in which Trump was a "guest" of the Washington Post, which set him up for the attack.
The press said Trump gamed them today with this event. But the hotel opening has been on the calendar for months. Crazy. Clinton is writing their script.
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