Trump Erasing His Birther Past

CNN reports that Donald Trump’s official biography on his corporate website has been scrubbed of references to his promotion of ridiculous birther conspiracies about Barack Obama. That information, which had been trumpeted for years, was quietly removed from his bio when he was inaugurated.


The Trump Organization this year removed from Donald Trump’s corporate biography a reference to his involvement in the birther movement that sought to prove then-President Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen of the United States.

The line, which had been included in Trump’s bio since as early as August 2015, read, “In 2011, after failed attempts by both Senator McCain and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump single handedly forced President Obama to release his birth certificate, which was lauded by large segments of the political community.”

The line was removed at some point between January 13 and January 24 of this year, a review of the Internet Archive shows. Trump took office on January 20.

The way he has handled that whole issue has been appalling from the start, from his promotion of it to his gun-to-the-back admission that Obama was born in the United States during last year’s campaign. What no one in the press ever asked him when he made that one-sentence admission without any explanation was this obvious question: What changed? What new information did he see between the time he was still promoting birtherism to the time he agreed that Obama was born here that changed his mind?

The answer, of course, is none. There was no new information. The long form birth certificate had been released years prior and he claimed it was a forgery and encouraged Joe Arpaio’s failed investigation into it to prove that. After that, there was no new evidence made available. So if he didn’t believe it then, why did he suddenly claim to believe it during the campaign? Because it had become embarrassing and inconvenient for him.

Remember what I always say about Trump: The truth simply does not matter to him. The only thing that ever matters is whether a claim helps or hurts him at that immediate moment. If it helps him, he will claim it as true, and if it begins to hurt him, he will flip sides and claim the opposite is true, with precisely the same confidence and conviction.

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