Tracking The Rebirth Of The ‘Birther’ Conspiracy

From NPR:

Specifically, allegations the Republican presidential nominee made five years ago that President Obama lied about his birthplace to make him eligible for the presidency. (Obama was born in Hawaii.)

It’s a theory that those close to Trump — who was one of the most well-known “birthers” — have tried to distance from the candidate.

On Friday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the GOP nominee no longer believes what he once did.

“He believes President Obama was born here,” Conway said of Trump. “He was born in Hawaii.”

But Trump himself hasn’t actually confirmed that.

When pressed on why Trump wasn’t addressing his past comments outright, Conway said, “You have to ask him. But I find the entire topic really amazing. I guess it’s because the new CNN polls shows us beating her by 3 points.”

Conway redirected the conversation.

“There’s no question to me he was born in the United States,” she added, “but he’s not been a particularly effective president, and that’s what this campaign is about.”

Conway found herself fielding questions on the theory after reporters asked Trump to clarify his stance on Labor Day, but he remained tight-lipped.

“I don’t talk about it because if I talk about that, your whole thing will be about that,” he said. “So I don’t talk about it.”

That may have prompted former presidential candidate and Trump surrogate Ben Carson to tell CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that Trump could improve his standing with African-Americans if he apologized for suggesting that Obama was not born in the country.

“I think that would be a good idea, absolutely. I suggest that on all sides. Let’s get all of the hate and rancor out of the way so that we can actually discuss the issues,” Carson said in the interview.

That night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly …

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