On Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally conceded that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. But instead of apologizing, he claimed that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2008 that started all this birther mess. The entire missive was a lie, and Bernie Sanders had to respond.
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, Sanders was asked to comment on Trump’s birther statement. The fiery independent let loose:
“Well, isn’t that something. My word, after eight years of having President Obama as president, Donald Trump now thinks he’s a legitimate president. Well, I’m just overwhelmed with emotion. Look, this is pathetic. This goes to the root of what Trump’s campaign is about,” Sanders said.
He continued: “Let’s be clear. It’s about bigotry. You remember, let’s all remember that a few years ago Donald Trump was the leader of the so-called birther movement. And what the birther movement was about, Chris, was not being critical of Obama. This is a democracy. We can criticize Obama. It was delegitimizing the first African-American president in the history of our country. And the reason for that was clear. There are racists in this country who could never accept the fact that we had a black president. And that’s what Trump was trying to do, delegitimize the president, not disagree with him.”
“So I think this is part of his entire campaign of bigotry. It’s against Muslims. It’s against Mexicans, attacking women, you know. It’s not acceptable for a candidate for the president of the United States to be arguing whether or not our president was born in this country.”
According to media reports, Sanders will be campaigning for Clinton in the coming weeks to rally his supporters behind the Democratic presidential candidate.