Michelle Obama slammed Donald Trump in a Wednesday speech for his “insincere” walkback of his long history of boosting birther conspiracy theories.
“There are those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years, whether my husband was even born in this country,” Obama said in remarks while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She slammed the birther movement for asking “hurtful, deceitful questions, deliberately designed to undermine his presidency,” before turning her attention to Trump in particular.
While the first lady did not mention the GOP presidential nominee by name, she said that questions about Obama’s legitimacy as President “cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference.”
In a much-ballyhooed thirty-second “announcement” earlier in September, Trump said that he “finished” the birther movement, claimed credit for Barack Obama releasing his longform birth certificate and blamed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for starting the movement.
The idea that Clinton’s 2008 campaign started the conspiracy theory that Obama cannot legitimately serve as President because he was not born in the United States has been thoroughly debunked.