Donald Trump lies. We know that. His most recent lie, about his role in the "birther" movement, is among his most brazen.
To Donald Trump, everything is a game. Asked about his position on President Obama’s country of birth, he promised a statement later in the day, saying this: “We have to keep the suspense going.”
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) September 16, 2016
It is reprehensible that the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency would treat as “suspenseful” his position on a racist conspiracy theory designed to delegitimize the nation’s first Black president.
Cable nets played along with this ruse and got humiliated. As they waited for him to appear, he forced them to play an extended campaign commercial with a series of speakers who lauded his “leadership.”
When he finally stepped up to the microphone, he lied with an audacity surprising even for him.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 16, 2016
Trump actually blamed Hillary Clinton for starting birtherism, an utter falsehood.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 16, 2016
Trump is playing the national media for fools. Everyone knows it.
Donald Trump said twelve false things yesterday – before the lie-ridden birther statement. Here's a list. pic.twitter.com/HRYfjAmhYy
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 16, 2016
When will they finally stop playing along?
I actually think this might have been the final straw for many in the media – they're tired of being played for fools by Trump.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 16, 2016
The Clinton campaign put out this statement in response to Trump’s absurd spectacle:
Trump’s actions today were disgraceful. After five years of pushing a racist conspiracy theory into the mainstream, it was appalling to watch Trump appoint himself the judge of whether the President of the United States is American. This sickening display shows more than ever why Donald Trump is totally unfit be president.