The theory that President Barack Obama was actually not born in the Untied States started in Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2008, Donald Trump’s campaign manager argued in an interview that aired Sunday, two days after Trump himself conceded that Obama was born in the United States.
“This started with Hillary Clinton’s campaign,
No. 1 ,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“No. 2, it was Donald Trump who put the issue to rest when he got President Obama to release his birth certificate years later. And,
No. 3, he said that “President Obama was born in this country, period.”
According to Politico:
The comment by Conway came two days after Trump, at a press conference, conceded that Obama is an American citizen. During the 2012 presidential campaign Trump was one of the most high-profile figures suggesting that Obama was not, in fact, born in the United States, and, thereby, not eligible to be president.
Trump himself, during his own presidential campaign, has suggested that Clinton’s campaign was the root of the birther theory. But that argument flies in the face of multiple reports and interviews showing that Trump himself fueled the controversy that Obama himself moved to put to rest in 2011 by publicly releasing his long-form birth certificate. (Obama had released his short-form birth certificate years earlier.) There’s also no indication Clinton or her campaign ever supported the idea that Obama was born outside the United States.
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