Donald Trump’s campaign is putting his birther crusade against President Barack Obama to rest, but is Trump ready to do so?
Back in 2011, the 2016 GOP presidential nominee began gaining political attention, when he questioned if Obama was actually born in the United States.
Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii in 1961, but Trump continued this birtherism fight over the next few years.
Trump and his staff have been pressed on this issue throughout the campaign. While the press has gotten little information as to what Trump’s thoughts are on this matter now, a Trump official is ready to end this debate.
On Friday, Trump’s senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, released a statement, where he revealed that Trump does believe Obama was born in the United States.
“Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” Miller said in the statement, according to CNN.
Trump has yet to confirm this new belief for himself, but he is widely expected to do so at a campaign rally on Friday.
However, as we all know, anything is possible with Trump. Even Friday morning when the statement was released, Trump still refused to give a straight answer.
“You watch my statement. We have to keep the suspense going. You my friend, you watch the statement. I think you’ll be happy,” Trump told Fox Business Matters’ anchor Maria Bartiromo.
If Trump does in fact confirm the belief that Obama was born in the United States at Friday’s rally, he is likely to place the blame on Hillary Clinton for this birther crusade. Miller also made sure to do so in his statement.
“Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised,” Miller’s statement also read.
Miller was referring to a 60 Minutes interview Clinton did during the 2008 election, when she discussed the possibility of then-Senator Obama being a Muslim.
“No. No, there is nothing to base that on — as far as I know,” Clinton said on the show.
Clinton, however, has since slammed Trump for his reluctance to say that Obama was born in the United States. She has continued to call Trump a bigot over this matter, and she even sent out a scathing tweet about it.
“President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted.
President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2016
Trump can retract his birther statements about Obama all he wants, but does anybody actually believe him? It seems pretty obvious that Trump is only changing his stance on the issue now, because his campaign officials are, most likely, telling him to.
Many believe that Trump’s stint in politics began when he doubted where Obama was born, so could this end up hurting him with his core group of supporters? Only time will tell.