• The biggest “birther”of all – Donald Trump

    September 23, 2016

    By Urban Media News Staff

    Since the election of America’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, fringe figures across the

    United States have sought to undermine his legitimacy. From describing his sense of “otherness” to

    questioning whether or not he was born in the United States, every so-called “birther” argument has

    reeked of race based disparagement.

    As his historic presidency winds down and the battle for his successor wages, President Obama’s

    birthplace is in the news yet again due to the biggest “birther” of them all – Republican nominee for

    president Donald Trump. For at least the last six years, Mr. Trump has loudly and frequently sought to

    undermine President Obama’s legitimacy, falsely claiming that he was not born in the United States and

    therefore was ineligible to serve as Commander-in- Chief.

    Even after President Obama released his long form birth certificate, proving unequivocally that he was

    born in Hawaii, Mr. Trump has continued to lie about the President’s birthplace. Mr. Trump falsely

    claimed the birth certificate was a forgery, and even encouraged hackers to break the law in a desperate

    effort to try to prove his false claims.

    Recently, Mr. Trump tried to erase his sordid history leading the “birther” movement by finally stating

    that, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.” The mere fact that a major party

    nominee for president had to utter those words in the final 60 days before an election is astonishing –

    unless you consider Mr. Trump’s long history of seeking to undermine President Obama’s legitimacy.

    Rather than acknowledge the error of his ways and admit to lying about the President’s eligibility to

    serve, Mr. Trump used the occasion of his announcement that President Obama was born in Hawaii to

    tell an even bigger lie. Mr. Trump now falsely claims that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “started” the

    birther movement.

    Every major news outlet in America has debunked this latest falsehood from Mr. Trump. Hillary Clinton

    and her campaign did not start, and did not peddle the false conspiracy clung to so desperately by right

    wing opponents which posited for years that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Desperate candidates

    for public office sometimes say desperate things. But there is no excusing Mr. Trump’s attempt to

    obscure his own history of lying about the nation’s first President of color by accusing anyone else of

    birtherism.

    What does President Obama think of Trump’s latest antics? According to Politico, in an appearance

    before the Congressional Black Caucus Mr. Obama declared that he would consider it “a personal insult,

    an insult to my legacy” if minority turnout falters for Hillary Clinton.

    With the election officially underway – early voting in Wisconsin began in some communities September

    19 th – communities of color have must now decide whether or not to send a message at the ballot box to

    those like Donald Trump who have sought to undermine the legitimacy of our first non-white President.

    Early voting begins in Madison and Milwaukee on Monday, September 26 th at a variety of polling

    locations. To learn where to vote, how to register, and what to bring with you to your polling place, visit

    www.myvote.wi.gov

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