As he often does, Donald Trump tweeted about his ongoing conspiracy theories regarding President Obama’s birth certificate on Friday. In an awkward case of bad timing, however, it came right as Mitt Romney joked about the issue, prompting criticism from the Obama camapign over Romneys’ refusal to condemn birther supporters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2012
Romney accepted Trump’s endorsement earlier this year and has publicly praised his role as a campaign surrogate. While Romney has always stated he believes the president was born in the United States, he has been reluctant to criticize supporters for promoting debunked conspiracy theories claiming otherwise.
“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters in May when asked about Trump’s birther tendencies. “But I need to get to 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”