I just got through watching Donald Trump’s press conference live from his new hotel in Washington D.C. He had put out the word that he was going to address the Obama birther controversy and so the media dutifully broadcast the whole event live. But at the outset the event consisted of a bunch of Medal of Honor recipients praising The Donald. The media got so made thinking they got played and that Trump wasn’t going to address the issue. Well, they did get played…but it was even worse than they thought.

He did address the issue right at the end and he put the heat squarely back on Hillary Clinton’s frail shoulders

Donald Trump on Friday declared that President Obama was born in the United States, after raising doubts for years about whether he is an American citizen.

Hillary Clinton in her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Trump said at a campaign event in Washington.

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

The media reaction since has been truly spectacular to watch. In fact, it may be the most brilliant thing he’s done throughout this entire campaign.


Oh yes. They mad. They very mad.

Also, this is a rather rich talking point considering Hillary Clinton almost never has press conferences.

I’m gonna keep updated this article for the next couple of hours, because I’m just scratching the surface so far. Stay tuned.


UPDATE: The media seems very preoccupied with denying that Hillary Clinton started up the birther rumors back in 2008. The only problem is, they’re lying their asses off. The birther stuff did indeed originate with the Clinton camp.

In 2007, a full year before anyone would know the name Orly Taitz, Hillary’s chief campaign strategist Mark Penn would craft a wide-ranging strategy memo that included questioning the very American-ness of then-Senator Barack Obama, who was even then seen as Hillary’s chief rival for the nomination.

The Atlantic:

[Penn] wrote, “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.” Penn proposed targeting Obama’s “lack of American roots.”

From Bloomberg’s 2012 article: “The Democratic Roots of the Birther Movement

Penn also suggested how the campaign might take advantage of this. “Every speech should contain the line that you were born in the middle of America to the middle class in the middle of the last century,” he advised Clinton. “And talk about the basic bargain as about [sic] the deeply American values you grew up with, learned as a child, and that drive you today.” He went on: “Let’s explicitly own ‘American’ in our programs, the speeches and the values. He doesn’t … Let’s add flag symbols to the backgrounds [of campaign events].”

2. Hillary’s Hardcore Supporters First Raised the Question of Obama’s Birth

As the contest between Obama and Hillary became increasingly ugly, it was Hillary’s hardcore supporters who first raised doubts about the origins of Obama’s birth. Hillary gave her blessing through her silence. It wouldn’t take long, though, before her campaign became directly involved.


That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.

“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site in April 2008.

The Daily Telegraph’s 2011 article: “The Birther Row Began With Hillary“:

It was not until April 2008, at the height of the intensely bitter Democratic presidential primary process, that the touch paper was properly lit.

An anonymous email circulated by supporters of Mrs. Clinton, Mr Obama’s main rival for the party’s nomination, thrust a new allegation into the national spotlight — that he had not been born in Hawaii.