Trump has a history of questioning Obama’s commitment to his faith and country
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such things resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday
Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
Four years ago, Trump mounted a campaign to pressure Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, even saying he would send investigators to Hawaii to find out the truth. The effort helped fuel the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that held that Obama was born in Kenya — and Trump also floated the idea that Obama’s birth documents may label him a Muslim.
“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
His accusations reached such a high decibel level that in April 2011, Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to denounce Trump and release the long-form version of his birth certificate.
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”
Obama’s staff posted the birth certificate on the wall of the White House briefing room to serve as a permanent answer to reporters who had additional questions. The certificate is accessible on the White House website.
On occasion, the President has turned the tables by lampooning Trump for his statements. During the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2011, Obama announced that he would release his official birth video — and then showed the opening scene from “The Lion King,” to roars of laughter from the audience.
Trump, captured on camera during the dinner, looked unamused — and refused to relent.
In 2012, after Madonna made what she later called an “ironic” remark on stage that Obama was “a black Muslim,” Trump tweeted, “Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said ‘we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”
And during a candidate forum in Iowa earlier this year, when asked about Obama’s commitment to the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t know if he loves America.”
Questions about whether Trump intentionally encourages his supporters to believe such claims resurfaced at a campaign rally Thursday. Trump is under fire after he …Read More