Trump in February 2015: ‘I Donâ€™t Know Where He Was Born. I Would Like to See His College Records, I Think Thatâ€™s Important.’
Donald Trump’s campaign late Thursday night released a statement saying the GOP nominee not only “believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” but that Trump is the one who deserves credit for “bringing closure to the issue.”
Just for the record, Trump is one of the main advocates for birtherism, the racist lie that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen and was not born in America. Behind it? The deeply-rooted desire to “prove” Obama isn’t “one of us,” he’s an “other,” and illegitimate.Â
If the Trump campaign statement were not stunning enough, it continued with this:
“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.”
So Trump is trying to re-write his own ugly, nasty, racist birther history.
One campaign spokesman Thursday night said Trump was unaware how deeply the African American community was hurt by Trump’s birther statements. So he’s doing this to try to win more African American votesÂ â€“ or stir up more racist agitation.
Already, pundits like Bill Kristol and Don Lemon have said Trump will get credit, or deserves credit, for putting the birther issue behind him.
Hopefully they’re wrong.
Because Trump’s campaign statement is an outright fabrication. A lie.
Trump not only did not bring the birther issue to a conclusion in 2011, as recently as last year he continued to make public statements saying he doesn’t know where Barack Obama was born.Â
Here’s a collection of comments, including a wide variety of tweets, all from Donald Trump, all proving he either was lying when he claimed President Obama’s place of birth was unknown, or he’s lying now claiming he believesÂ Obama was born in America.Â
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama‘s birth certificate is a fraud.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Why do the Republicans keep apologizing on the so called “birther” issue? No more apologies–take the offensive!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2012
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
â€œIf you like your healthcare plan you can keep it.â€ = â€œI was born in Hawaii.â€
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2013
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obamaâ€™s â€œbirth certificateâ€ died in plane crash today. All others lived
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check “place of birth”
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014
“Hey look,” Trump told Sean Hannity at CPAC, President Obama “wrote a book when he was a young man and it said â€˜born in Kenya,â€™ blah blah blah. I donâ€™t know where he was born. I would like to see his college records, I think thatâ€™s important.
“As far as the birth certificate, Hillary Clinton wanted his birth certificate. Hillary is a birther. She wanted it but she wasnâ€™t able to get it. John McCain fought really hard and really viciously to get his birth certificate. John McCain failed. Couldnâ€™t get it. Trump comes along â€“ and Iâ€™m not a sitting senator, Iâ€™m not a sitting anything else, Iâ€™m a good businessman â€“ but Trump comes along and I said, â€˜Birth certificate.â€™ He gave a birth certificate.
“Whether or not that was a real certificate, because a lot of people question it, I certainly question itâ€”but Hillary Clinton wanted it, McCain wanted it, and I wanted it. He didnâ€™t do it for them, he did it for me. So in one sense Iâ€™m proud of it. Now all we have to do is find out whether or not itâ€™s real.”
There is more, this is just a quick first look.
Have a Trump tweet we didn’t include? Email NCRM via our Contact page.Â
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.
NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.
Justice Clarence Thomas Believes Media Criticism of Decisions ‘Jeopardizes Any Faith’ in the Supreme Court
Justice Clarence Thomas complained about the harsh criticism the Supreme Court has received since allowing a controversial anti-abortion law to go into effect in Texas.
Thomas delivered the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, where he complained about media criticism, The Washington Post reported.
“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” Thomas said.
“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions,” he said.
A second Post report on the speech noted Thomas’ remarks on the ongoing mistrust of the court.
“The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous,” Thomas said. “And I think that’s problematic.”
The newspaper noted the lecture was interrupted by protesters who yelled, “I still believe Anita Hill.”
‘Genius’ Madison Cawthorn Mocked for Claiming the Constitution Prohibits Airlines From Requiring Vaccinations
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is once again being mocked, this time for yet again not understanding the very basics of American democracy.
On Thursday the Republican from North Carolina claimed it is “illegal” and unconstitutional for airlines to require passengers to be vaccinated, because “you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States.”
That last part has a tiny shred of truth to it. Just not in the way Congressman Cawthorn thinks.
Constitutional scholar Madison Cawthorn says it would be illegal for airlines to require vaccines because, “you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States.” pic.twitter.com/CgzrUy7wU0
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 16, 2021
Anyone could take a minute to come up with arguments why his claim is false, including that anyone driving a car is required to have a driver’s license and insurance, and wear a seat belt.
The freshman Congressman was quickly mocked:
Ya think the Founding Fathers signed up for Frequent Flyer miles?
— Lori Kramer (@lorikramer58) September 16, 2021
And your body patted down.
— annned (@flowerpowernan) September 16, 2021
Little known fact: James Madison was the author of the Free Airline Travel Clause of the Constitution. Talk about foresight. https://t.co/7y3zthr00E
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 16, 2021
I do remember reading that the Founding Father’s said everyone should fly freely. I’m still unsure if they meant airlines should be free or we should all get high. Anyway, I’m sure a genius like Cawthorn will clear it up for me
— Becky-lou-lou 💉💉 (@ruatwitt) September 16, 2021
Next up from Cawthorn: why do airlines charge for seats because the Constitution guarantees free travel.
— REDACTED Human Scum/hand washer/mask wearer (@mrshellwinger) September 16, 2021
So airlines having been illegally charging “air fare” for decades? Thank God Cawthorn broke open this scandal!
— Nancy Rutman (@NRutman) September 16, 2021
Even if you have a constitutional right to fly on a privately owned & operated airline (you don’t), that right is subject to reasonable regulation by both the private owner & a regulating govt agency. As long as the reg has a reasonable basis, it is valid.
Cawthorn is an idiot.
— King Clip-on Tie (@RichardClip) September 16, 2021
29 Months Later Bill Barr’s Super Secret Russia Special Counsel Files His Second Indictment – for Alleged Lying
In April of 2019 then-Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut to open and lead an investigation into Russia – not into how Russia has been attacking the United States via cyber warfare, undermining Americans’ trust in American institutions, and using social media to do it, but into whether or not the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been warranted in opening an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including its investigation of Donald Trump.
On Thursday, 29 months after Barr first appointed John Durham (photo, right) to lead that super-secret investigation, 11 months after Barr secretly turned Durham into a special counsel to ensure the investigation would continue past his and Trump’s tenure, and after spending untold millions of taxpayer dollars, the Dept. of Justice has announced Durham has obtained a second indictment.
“A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge of lying to the F.B.I. five years ago during a meeting about Donald J. Trump and Russia, the Justice Department announced on Thursday,” The New York Times reports.
The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, “of the law firm Perkins Coie, which has deep ties to the Democratic Party — is accused of making a false statement about his client at the meeting.”
Mr. Sussmann’s defense lawyers have denied the accusation, saying that he did not make a false statement, that the evidence he did is weak and that who he was representing was not a material fact in any case. They have vowed to fight any charge in court.
At issue is who was Sussman working for when he “relayed concerns by cybersecurity researchers who believed that unusual internet data might be evidence of a covert communications channel between computer servers associated with the Trump Organization and with Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution.”
Apparently not at issue is if the Trump Organization or campaign had a secret communications channel to a Kremlin-linked organization.
Frequent viewers of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are likely familiar with her reporting on Alfa Bank, including this segment from October 2018:
Durham has not obtained any indictment against anyone in Russia, any Russian operatives, any Trump Organization or campaign official, or anyone who may have been involved in Russia’s attack on the United States.
The only other indictment Durham has obtained from his two-plus year investigation? The Times in 2019 reported on a “low-level” FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, who “altered an email that officials used to prepare to seek court approval to renew the wiretap,” on Carter Page, a Trump campaign advisor.
One expert calls the indictment “weak.”
I don't think Durham is politically motivated, but this seems weak and hardly justifies his long investigation. Also a good reminder about the peril of talking to the FBI.
WaPo: Indictment issued. https://t.co/AYAUSodiMs
— Ross Garber (@rossgarber) September 16, 2021
- News2 days ago
Top National Security Attorney Shuts Down Trump’s Claim Gen. Milley Committed ‘Treason’ in Just Four Words
- News2 days ago
Log Cabin Republicans Go Full MAGA With Melania and Mar-a-Lago Event
- RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM3 days ago
Republican Who Blames Mass Shootings on ‘Homosexual Marriage’ Says ‘Just Like Trump, God Is Raising Josh Mandel Up’
- News3 days ago
Top Military Advisor Secretly Had Defense Officials Take an Oath Blocking Trump From Launching Nuclear War Without His OK
- GOING FULL MAGA3 days ago
UPDATED: Republican Falsely Claims It’s a ‘Fact’ Biden Is Mentally ‘Disadvantaged’ – Wants to Know Who’s Behind ‘Puppeteer Act’
- News3 days ago
Madison Cawthorn Crashes School Board Mask Mandate Meeting to Attack Dem Governor: ‘We Will Not Accept Your Edicts’
- RIGHT WING EXTREMISM3 days ago
GOP Lawmakers and Staffers Say Base Thinks Insurrectionists Didn’t Go Far Enough and Are Calling for ‘Civil War’
- ANALYSIS2 days ago
MSNBC’s Morning Joe Breaks Down Why GOP’s California Recall Failure Spells Great News for Dems in 2022