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Trump Forced To Bury 5 Years Of Bigotry Against Obama — Timeline Of His Sickening Birther Conspiracy

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Trump Forced To Bury 5 Years Of Bigotry Against Obama — Timeline Of His Sickening Birther Conspiracy

With the first general election debate 10 days away, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attempted to neutralize a likely Clinton attack line — that he spent five years questioning the American citizenship of the country’s first African-American president. And with just nine words, Trump tried to reverse his long-held position on President Obama’s birthplace after years of promoting his sickening birhter conspiracy.

“President Obama was born in the United States, period,” Trump told reporters during a press conference on Friday. His concession to reality came only after he leveraged the spectacle of his walk-back into 30 minutes of live cable coverage that served as a branding opportunity for his new Trump Hotel in Washington — where the event was held — and for himself (this guy calculates everything!)

Image: Trump Campaign.

Image: Trump Campaign.

The statement followed a chaotic 24 hours during which Trump refused to acknowledge that president Obama was born the U.S. And when reporters pressed on, Trump falsely claimed that Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, started the birther conspiracies.

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Trump said. But Politifact rated that claim “false” in 2015.

The truth is, Trump has perpetuated conspiracy theories about whether Obama was born in Hawaii, as his public birth certificate says, keeping the issue in the spotlight for years of his presidency.

Here’s a timeline of Trump’s sick conspiracy in 65 times Tweets commenting about the birther movement:

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