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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

After Donald Trump on Friday admitted that President Obama was born in the United States, while also falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement and that he "finished it," members of the Congressional Black Caucus tore into Trump, calling him a bigot and a fraud.

The lawmakers, who were gathered in Washington, D.C. for their annual legislative conference, argued that by pushing the birther movement for years, Trump made an attempt to delegitimize the first black president, and they called out Trump for peddling lies.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) called Trump's Friday comments about the birther movement "deplorable."

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After Donald Trump spent a mere 30 seconds addressing President Obama's birthplace during a 30-minute event that started an hour late at his new hotel in Washington, D.C., the anchors at CNN tore into Trump and his attitude toward the press.

Throughout Trump's event and after he finally addressed his efforts to fuel the birther movement, the hosts and reporters at CNN called out the Trump campaign for misleading the press and using the event to promote his new hotel.

As Trump let several veterans and military officials express their support for him, CNN anchor Kate Bolduan lamented that the network had been waiting 20 minutes for Trump to make the big announcement that his campaign had been promising. Co-anchor John Berman chimed in to complain about the confusing signals the press had received from the Trump campaign about the event.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday called out Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton and her 2008 campaign started the birther movement, a narrative that has been debunked.

"Hillary brought it up? What a liar. He never questioned the citizenship of anyone else running for president, no one else. He is just such a phony. Here's a man you can't believe anything he says," Reid said on CNN shortly after Trump said that he now believes President Obama was born in the United States, and claimed credit, falsely, for resolving a conspiracy theory he claimed Clinton started.

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President Obama on Friday briefly addressed Donald Trump's recent refusal to say that Obama was born in the United States, saying he wishes the presidential election would reflect "more serious issues."

"I was pretty confident about where I was born," the president observed.

When asked for his reaction to Trump's latest comments about his birth, Obama told ABC's Jonathan Karl that he had "no reaction" before briefly weighing in.

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After Donald Trump mocked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) 2015 freak accident that partially blinded him, Reid came back swinging with a statement attacking Trump's business style and charity.

In a Wednesday night interview, the Washington Post asked Trump about Reid's comment earlier this week that Trump is "not slim and trim."

"Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces," Trump responded, appearing to reference Reid's 2015 injury.

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Donald Trump Jr. on Friday morning repeatedly insisted that his father has said that President Obama was born in the United States, despite the Republican nominee's refusal to do so when asked Wednesday night.

"Why can’t he and won’t he say that President Obama was born in the U.S.?" George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," asked Trump Jr. on Friday, referencing Trump's interview with the Washington Post.

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