On Friday, Donald Trump attempted to close the book on his involvement with the Birther movement. In doing so, he simply declared, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” The media isn’t buying this attempt to wipe the slate clean, and this includes CNN’s Jake Tapper, who called the event a “political Rick-roll.”
Donald Trump’s campaign had attempted to claim that he put his birther claims to bed in 2011, but evidence shows how Trump still wasn’t sold on Obama’s citizenship in 2014. To diffuse the situation, Trump did what he did best — gave a speech. The real estate mogul claims to now fully believe Obama was born in the U.S., and he’d prefer to now Make America Great Again. He then passed the mic to several veterans on hand who support him, which amounts to closing the book on a years-long issue in half a minute.