Donald Trump's campaign renounced birtherism today in a statement from spokesperson Jason Miller. The campaign released the statement late Thursday, following Trump's appearance on The Tonight Show. The statement says that Donald Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States. It contains numerous falsehoods, beginning with the accusation that Hillary Clinton was the first to allege that Obama was not born in America. That's untrue. The statement also says that Trump has believed that Obama was born in America since 2011. That's also untrue. Notable is that the statement is not attributed to Trump, and Trump has never verbally admitted that Obama was born in the United States. That includes yesterday, when he declined to answer that question. Here's Trump, a year after Obama's long-form birth certificate was released.
Trump on Fox News promoting birtherism more than a year after the long-form certificate was released: pic.twitter.com/SZfrhvKN9z— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 16, 2016
"Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States." pic.twitter.com/ialpmv3aYG— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) September 16, 2016
Donald Trump did not release a statement disavowing birtherism. His comms advisor did on his behalf. That's different.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 16, 2016
Weird, this tweet is from months after Trump brought "this ugly incident to a conclusion." https://t.co/zwgawJJEWe— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 16, 2016
Trump never "obtained" Obama's birth certificate. After alleging he hired investigators who "couldn't believe what they were finding" 1— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 16, 2016
Trump renouncing birtherism is classic non-apology. Not sorry, going birther was a HUGE success, also Clinton is the REAL birther somehow.— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 16, 2016
I would really like to see Trump pressed on this insane, racist conspiracy theory at the debates.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 16, 2016