After spending the last half-decade pushing race-baiting questions about the president’s birthplace, Donald Trump has finally admitted that the Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. But even as the Republican candidate finally comes to grips with reality, Trump’s campaign surrogates are trying to whitewash the racist history of Trump’s birther crusade.
On Sunday Trump’s running mate, his campaign manager, and the chair of the Republican National Committee all appeared on Sunday news shows and asserted that Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign had actually started the birther conspiracy.
Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Trump 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told host John Dickerson, “This started with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, No. 1. 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.’”
Conway went on to continue to assert that “associates” of Hillary Clinton had promoted the issue while also crediting Trump for ending the speculation.
Also on Face the Nation, RNC chair Reince Priebus echoed those comments, “[B]y the preponderance of evidence before us, Hillary Clinton or her campaign were definitely involved in this issue. We can’t keep saying it’s not true. That’s ridiculous.”