In a new update to what has been a years-long ongoing headache for the rationally minded, the dead horse that is the questioning of President Obama’s birthplace has once again reared its ugly head.
It’s a strange feeling when Donald Trump says something reasonable and grounded in fact. Reversing his statement about Obama’s birthplace he originally made five years ago (and many times since), Trump finally conceded that the President was, in fact, born in the United States, but not before he made the baseless accusation that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement in 2008. Trump has been a key member of the “birther movement” since its genesis five years ago, when many members of the GOP began a push to delegitimize the President.
“I was pretty confident about where I was born,” remarked President Obama to a group of reporters at the White House today.
Trump’s exact motivations for reversing his stance on Obama’s birthplace aren’t clear, but it seems like he may be trying to clear a few items off the table in preparation for his debate with Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26, and for the the final campaign push. He made the quick statement at an event for the unveiling of his newest hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. But simply acknowledging Obama’s birthplace was not enough for many, as Clinton called for Trump to officially apologize for his previous statements for the birther movement.
The reversal follows Trump’s refusal to answer direct questions about his stance on Obama’s birthplace earlier this week, as well as his campaign’s disavowal of birtherism. His attempt to defuse the negative press he received over his birther remarks and his dismal polling numbers among minorities did not work out very well in his favor. Clinton will surely have something to say about this in their upcoming debate.
Watch video of Trump’s admission below via CNN.