Trump finally admits Obama was born in the U.S. and says the scandal is over

The whole reason Republican nominee Donald Trump is even in the political lexicon is because way back in 2011, the real estate mogul questioned the nationality of President Obama. Now, leading up to the 2016 election, Trump is finally admitting Obama is American. And how could he go totally, 100 percent back on his word about that? It looks like with the first debate just weeks away and his attempt to reach out to African American voters, Trump had to start walking back at least some of his ridiculous comments from over the years at some point. This is a good place to start, since it’s one of the most insane things Trump has ever said (over and over and over again).

He was so convinced and had so many Americans convinced that Obama was first, not born in the U.S., and then, that the birth certificate Obama produced was not real. On Friday morning, he finally said President Obama was born in the United States, “period,” at a campaign rally. It’s insanity.

He’s been dodging the question for the entire 2016 campaign, although he used to go on crazy tweet rants and even made a video statement offering Obama $5 million to produce his paperwork in 2011. Trump believed in the Birther Movement long after the release of Obama’s birth certificate.

In an interview with The Washington Post this week, Trump refused to say he was wrong outright (because of course he can’t admit fault), but his campaign said shortly after the interview was published, “Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.” The campaign statement puts the onus on Hillary Clinton, saying it was her campaign in 2008 that started questioning Obama’s nationality. That just never happened.

So, the Trump campaign’s statement Thursday night, saying the movement was started by Clinton and that Trump was content with Obama’s documents, is also false. The campaign wrote:

“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate. Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised.”

That’s BS because well into 2012, Trump was still questioning Obama in a way that only Trump could. So when he said on Friday that Obama was born in the United States, “period,” it’s all just a way to redirect blame and attention and a blatant disregard for reality. Look at some of this shit, all from after 2011, when Trump’s campaign claims he acted as a “closer” and was finished with the whole ordeal:

He even called on hackers to help break into American servers to “solve” the “mystery.” How very patriotic of him.

There are many more tweets where he goes back and forth with people on social media defending his claims. Blaming Clinton and pretending that he “finished” the “scandal” that he really created is out of control. He’s clearly delusional, but there are voters who actually believe him (they’re the ones in the “Make America Great Again” hats). Trump rose to political fame on the racist claim, he dragged it on for years, and now he’s calling the game and not even apologizing to the president for pretending there was a scandal when there was never any question that Obama was born in Hawaii. He didn’t even wait around Friday to be asked questions about why or how he’s finally come to this conclusion.

All Americans have learned from this is that Donald Trump is a quack. But much like Obama’s birthplace, everyone already knew that.