During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sept. 18, 2016:
JAKE TAPPER: “Well, just as a point of fact, again, Donald Trump did not accept when Barack Obama released his birth certificate in 2011. He kept up this whole birther thing until Friday. That’s five years. But we only have a little time left. So, I want to ask you…”
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-N.J.): “No, but, Jake, that’s just not true. It’s not true that he kept it up for five years.”
TAPPER: “Sure, he did.”
CHRISTIE: “It’s simply not true.”
TAPPER: “It is true.”
CHRISTIE: “It wasn’t like he was talking — no, Jake, it wasn’t like — it wasn’t like he was talking about it on a regular basis until then.”
And politicians are surprised that the American people want a change. The current Governor of New Jersey goes on TV and refuses to admit an obvious falsehood, then tries to pivot with inaccurate talking points.
Donald Trump brought the birther issue in 2011, the first time he suggested he might run President of the United States. In an effort to quelch the controversy, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011.
According to Slate magazine, Trump has tweeted about the birther issue almost 40 more times since 2011. He even questioned the president’s background in television interviews after he began campaigning for president in 2011.
It wasn’t until Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, that the Republican presidential nominee admitted that Obama was born in the United States, but even then he didn’t apologize, instead he tried to put the blame on Clinton by falsely accusing her for starting the controversy.