Although popular among some conspiracy theorists, a small sample of conservative voters and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, vice-presidential candidate and Indiana Governor Mike Pence departed from the myth that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen on Wednesday.
“Well I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii; I accept his birthplace,” Pence told reporters on his plane as he traveled from San Diego.
Donald Trump attempted to mainstream the belief Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, had forged birth certificates and had bribed a series of witnesses to prevent his true place of birth from being revealed to the world in 2011.
Popularized by some highbinders and advanced by Mr. Trump with his leadership of the “birther” movement aimed at undermine the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency, the story gained little traction outside small circles and nearly evaporated from the nation’s consciousness when Mr. Obama produced his birth certificate in early 2011.
Following Gov. Pence’s admission on Wednesday, Trump campaign chairperson, Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday that Mr. Trump believes President Obama was born in the United States.
Trump supporter and informal adviser, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews something to the same effect on Thursday evening.
Thank you Captain Obvious.
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