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Donald Trump's lie that he quit birtherism in 2011, debunked

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton started it — as in, the birther movement. Yes, the very conspiracy-driven movement that launched his national political career. Not stopping there, his campaign claims Trump is the one who brought it to an end.

"Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President," the campaign said in a statement. It went on to say that Trump "was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate."

This isn’t the first time Trump has blamed Clinton for the birther movement. He tweeted it in 2015:

But there is particularly laughable irony to Trump calling out Clinton for a movement he has continuously propped up — as recently as this week, when he told the Washington Post he wasn’t ready to answer whether he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

When asked about it in January 2016, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, "Who knows about Obama?":

WOLF BLITZER: His mother was a US citizen born in Kansas, so was he a natural born citizen?

DONALD TRUMP: Who knows? Who knows? Who cares right now? We're talking about something else, okay? I'm going to have my own theory on Obama. Someday I'll write a book, I'll do another book that will do successfully.

And for someone who is now calling the movement "ugly," Trump has a long — and heavily documented — history of promoting this conspiracy theory. Here is a brief rundown of Trump’s tweets on birtherism:


Donald Trump hates lies, but can't tell the truth