Friday, September 16, 2016

You Can't Erase History

This was Hillary's statement in front of a black women's group this morning.

Obama always says 'Don't boo, vote' and she did her version of this too, pointing out that black women voted at a higher level than any other group in 2012. Certainly we need to see that again in 2016.

But as for history, Donald Trump is trying to do that now. He's trying to see if he again gets to have it not just both ways but 12 different ways. More 'Yes, no, maybe so' politics.

Last night he played more coy games about whether or not the President was born in America. Now he finally admits the truth to much fanfare and he thinks everything he's said for 5 years is erased?

Like Colin Powell said in those damn emails: Trump thinks he can play the black community for fools.

Now Trump expects accolades for finally admitting the President was born in America. Last night his campaign was still taking credit for making Obama publicly release his long form birth certificate.

"Now, Donald's advisers have the temerity to say he's doing the country a service by pushing these lies. No. He isn't. He's feeding into the worst impulses, the bigotry and bias that lurks in our country. Barack Obama was born in America, plain and simple. And Donald Trump owes him and the American people an apology," Clinton said.

"In a statement released Thursday night, the Trump campaign credited him with being a “closer” in 2011, after engaging in months of speculation and questioning whether Obama was born in Hawaii. “Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” senior adviser Jason Miller said.

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This is the new game. Trump is now admitting Obama was born in America but is taking credit for putting an issue to bed that Trump lyingly blames on Hillary Clinton.


"Trump acknowledged no factual error, expressed no remorse, and introduced new misinformation about the subject."

The new lie is Hillary was the birther and he wanted to correct the record.

NBC's Mark Murray:

"Agreed. That was the bigger news from today. Not the reversal."

Seems like the media is finally catching on a little.

"CNN anchor Jake Tapper called Donald Trump’s decision to trot out an array of military medal winners before addressing his long-held questions about President Barack Obama’s birth a “political Rick-roll.”

“While these American heroes are, you know, people that we should all show reverence and respect, they are much greater men than Rick Astley, it's hard to imagine this as anything other than a political Rick-roll,” Tapper said.

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And as is often noted the NY Times was late to Watergate and basically put to shame. This has also been the case with 2016 election coverage.

Brian Beutler notes the very different headlines coming out from each paper from Trump's latest fake news event.

Point isn’t to spin for anyone, but to bear witness faithfully. The Post is putting on a master class for the Times."

As for Hillary as the real founder of birtherism, as Chris Hayes says, it's an execrable lie.

"This is execrable garbage and everyone should call it that."

Dave Weigel:

"Just think about this "Hillary invented birtherism" conspiracy theory. So... Obama made the conspiracy's founder his Secretary of State?"

Chris Hayes:

"Birtherism is what launched Trump's current political career. It's what made him."

I totally agree with Legum here:

"But somehow we've decided, OK, you are still holding onto this racist conspiracy theory but lets talk about your childcare plan."
He can play all the Rick Roll games he wants, Donald Trump will never escape the taint of birtherism.

"You demanded he show you his papers. You didn't believe him when he showed you. Now you won't show us your taxes."

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