Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, September 20th, 2016 - 88 comments
Categories: International, spin, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: Barak Obama, donald trump, hillary clinton
Donald Trump now accepts that one of the most idiotic unproveable falsehoods ever said by by him, and there are a few, is not true. Barak Hussein Obama was born in America and is entitled to be the President of the United States. But Trump is now claiming that Hillary was the original source of the birther theory even though all the fact checking in the world has not come up with a shred of truth.
You have to wonder why it took Trump so long. Obama tried to put him right in 2011 at the 2011 White House Correspondent’s dinner but to no avail.
Various correspondents at the New York Times got stuck into Trump in a way I have not seen the American Main Stream Media do before. Normally they frustratingly report both sides of a story, even if one is true and the other is a lie. But not this time.
For instance Gail Collins said this:
How did we get to this place, people? The big story of the day is that a candidate for president of the United States — a candidate who, according to The Times’s Upshot model, now has a one in four chance of being elected — admits he spent years telling the American people a stupendous lie. And even now, he won’t say he’s sorry.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again,” Trump said abruptly and briefly on Friday. This was at his new Washington hotel, which he has been promoting with an avidity he has never devoted to, say, getting his immigration policy straight.
Then Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton had been first to spread the rumor that Obama was not a native-born citizen. This is a lie. A lie that all the fact checkers in the world debunked when he started saying it long ago.
People, I know some of you get very frustrated that news coverage of this election does not begin every day with: “In yet another total falsehood, Donald Trump …” This is your moment.
Michael Barbaro thought it may be a strategic decision to try and improve Trump’s standing amongst black voters which is at extraordinarily low levels. Clearly the only way is up. Barbaro said this:
Much has been made of Mr. Trump’s casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008.
But for a major newspaper to say that potentially the next POTUS is a liar is a rather unusual event. Imagine on what he will say about important like climate change policy. And just remember. This guy still may be the next POTUS.