On Thursday night Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller sent out a statement declaring that the Republican presidential nominee believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Miller's statement credited Trump with heroically pushing Obama to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011, putting an end to a "vicious and conniving" smear first crafted by Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Here's the statement:
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.
Except that's not true. Indeed, virtually every line of the statement is a lie.
Hillary Clinton did not allege that the president was born in Kenya. Trump did not compel Obama to release his birth certificate "when others had not"—Obama had already released a copy of his birth certificate, but critics, including Trump, believed it to be a fake. So Obama released a longer birth certificate in 2011—but that release did not bring "closure" to the issue.Instead, Trump called it a forgery, citing "Israeli science," and announced that he was sending a team of investigators to Hawaii to uncover the truth. He suggested that a Hawaiian health official who knew of the cover-up had died in suspicious circumstances.
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama's “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
Donald Trump Jr.'s position on women and diapers is in keeping with the view held by his father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a 2005 interview unearthed by BuzzFeed, the senior Trump told radio hosts Opie and Anthony that he doesn't change diapers because it's a woman's responsibility. "There's a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife, and you know, there's a lot of husbands that listen to that," he said. But not Trump.
In a later interview with Howard Stern, Trump emphasized that his wife, Melania, is responsible for all childcare: "She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs."
But the most telling Donald Trump Jr. came a year after the one above:
At dinner w our greenskeeper who missed his sister's wedding 2 work (luv loyalty 2 us) "No big deal hopefully she'll have another someday";)
Clinton opened herself up to attack with her "deplorables" comment, but not this attack.
Tim MurphySep. 15, 2016 4:22 PM
Donald Trump dropped by the Waldorf Astoria in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday to outline his economic proposals to a roomful of New York businessmen. Most of it you've heard before: He'll cut corporate taxes and pay for it by renegotiating trade deals and demanding that foreign countries like Japan and South Korea reimburse 100 percent of the cost of stationing American troops there. ("They don't pay us! I say, 'Why? Because we don't ask!'")
But Trump also took some time to disparage his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for heaping "scorn and disdain" on tens of millions of Americans. Trump was referring to Clinton's comments last Friday, at a fundraiser just a few miles away hosted by Barbra Streisand, when Clinton said half of Trump's supporters were "irredeemable" on account of their racist, sexist, or homophobic views. (This was all a way of saying—if you've been living under a rock—that those voters were a "basket of deplorables" she had no shot at winning.)
Clinton has received a good deal of blowback for those comments. But speaking to an almost entirely white room on Thursday, Trump ripped into Clinton in a way that severely distorted her comments.
"My opponent described tens of millions of American citizens as deplorable and irredeemable," he said. "How can Hillary Clinton seek to lead this country when she considers its citizens beyond redemption? The hardworking people she calls deplorable are the most admirable people I know. They are cops and soldiers, teachers and firefighters, young and old, moms and dads, blacks, whites, and Latinos. But above everything else, they are all American. They love their families, they love their country, and they want a better future."
Trump on Clinton: "The hard working people she calls deplorables are the most admirable people I know." https://t.co/qhf20TjJIL
Except Clinton wasn't referring to black and Latino voters as "deplorables." She was referring to people who don't like black and Latino voters as deplorable. It's a difficult dance: Trump is trying to deflect his campaign's documented embrace of white nationalist supporters and the like—his campaign CEO ran a website that has a "black crime" vertical—by recasting Clinton's criticism of such bigotry as bigoted.
Trump, one day removed from a visit to Flint, Michigan—and just a few hours after disparaging the pastor who had welcomed him to her church—used the embattled city as both a cautionary tale and a punch line. Telling the affluent attendees of Thursday's event that he "spent a lot of time in the city of Flint," he pivoted to a discussion of Ford's announcement Wednesday that it was moving much of its small-car manufacturing from Michigan to Mexico.
"It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn't drink the water in Mexico," Trump said. "Now cars are made in Mexico and you couldn't drink the water in Flint."
After the speech, as he was interviewed onstage by the hedge fund titan John Paulson, Trump returned to the idea of political correctness he had attacked earlier. PC thinking was ruining America, he said. "People are afraid to walk, they're afraid to talk, they can't speak," he said. It's deplorable.
He lavished praise on the rapper Pras, then admitted he'd never heard of him.
Tim MurphySep. 13, 2016 6:00 AM
Donald Trump doesn't listen to hip-hop. "The problem is my life is so wild I just don't have time," he told Vibe in 1999. But that didn't stop him from making cameos on two hip-hop albums in the 1990s: Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgment Day, and Pras' 1998 classic Ghetto Supastar.
Trump's appearances on both albums were limited to short voicemail messages that play during interludes.
"Hey Method Man, this is Donald Trump and I'm in Palm Beach and we're all waiting for your album," he said on Tical 2000. "Let's get going, man, everybody's waiting for this album!"
On Pras' album, the singer's first solo effort after the Fugees broke up, he lavished praise and made a bold prediction. "Hi, this is Donald Trump and I have no doubt that you're going to be a big success," he said. "Now after knowing you, I know that you're going to be right up there, and I hope very soon you're going to be in the leagues with me. So good luck."
Trump's prediction was off. While fellow ex-Fugees Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean went on to big things, it would be seven years before Pras released a second album, the disappointing Win Lose or Draw. Trump confessed to Vibe afterward that he had never listened to Ghetto Supastar and had no idea who Pras was.
Pras, for his part, appears to have soured on Trump. In May, he told the TV network Showtime that its "corporate bullying" was responsible for Trump's lead in the polls:
He's promoting the latest Clinton conspiracy from Alex Jones' InfoWars.
Tim MurphySep. 8, 2016 11:59 AM
On Thursday morning, Donald Trump Jr., the son and adviser of the Republican presidential nominee, shared the latest Clinton conspiracy theory with his 637,000 Twitter followers: Hillary Clinton may have been wearing an earpiece during the candidates forum held the previous night. Just as surprising was Trump's source for this latest news flash: the website of Alex Jones, the nation's top conspiracy theorist. Jones is a 9/11 truther who has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre never happened and that the government is deliberately turning kids gay by sneaking estrogen into juice boxes.
The article that Trump Jr. promoted cited conservative actor James Woods for drawing attention to the supposed earpiece, and it suggested that Clinton needed the earpiece for secret coaching or to receive lines she might forget.
Trump Jr.'s tweet is the latest evidence that the Trump clan views Jones as a legitimate news source and a media figure who deserves courting. Jones was a special guest at the Republican convention in Cleveland. In December, candidate Trump called into Jones' radio show and said to the host, "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down." The older Trump has cited Jones to support his claim that thousands of Muslim Americans danced on rooftops in New Jersey after 9/11. (They didn't.) Many of Trump's recent talking points, such as his questions about Clinton's health and his warnings of a "rigged" election, were first raised by Jones, who has collaborated with Roger Stone, a longtime adviser for the senior Trump and a well-established conspiracy theorist in his own right. (Stone wrote a book saying that LBJ killed JFK.) Jones has told listeners that he recently spoke with Trump—an assertion the Trump campaign did not deny. As Jones put it in a segment last month, "It is surreal to talk about issues here on air and then word-for-word hear Trump say it two days later."
The earpiece theory quickly took hold among Trump loyalists, including senior adviser AJ Delgado, who asked Clinton on Twitter, "When will you stop cheating the public?" (The tweet was later deleted.)
Trump backer John Nolte, a former editor at Breitbart News, tweeted, ""What do YOU think was in her ear? Maybe the sniper fire damaged her hearing."
By the way, Jones' Infowars website has long claimed that the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual confab is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers, is a key part of a covert scheme to create a "scientific dictatorship" that will exterminate the "useless eaters," that is, 80 percent of the human population—and that in 2008 this cabal hand-picked Barack Obama to become president, "with the plan being that Hillary would essentially pick up as president for a third Obama term."
Back on Earth, the Clinton campaign quickly shot down the earpiece rumors: