President Obama hasn’t been President of the United States for more than a year.
Donald Trump has been President for more than a year. Yet Trump is still lying about Obama. For years Trump has been critical of Obama, telling lies that had no basis in fact. It started in 2011 with Trump’s claim that Obama was not a U.S. citizen. Here are a list of things he said and did:
1. “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”
2. “He’s spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”
3. “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”
4. “I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding … I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility … then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.”
5. “His grandmother in Kenya said, ‘Oh, no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ She’s on tape. I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon. Somebody is coming out with a book in two weeks, it will be very interesting.”
Note: On April 27, 2011, President Obama made public his long form birth certificate. The Trump campaign in his statement portrayed this as the event that resolved the situation.
“Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” Miller said.
But as the following comments demonstrate, whatever he thought personally, Trump continued to gin up birther issues for years after.
6. “He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said … He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia … Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her, she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”
7. “A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate. … Many people do not think it was authentic. His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And frankly if you would report it accurately I think you’d probably get better ratings than you’re getting.”
11. “Well, I don’t know — did he do it? … Well, a lot of people don’t agree with you and a lot of people feel it wasn’t a proper certificate.”May 2014, in an interview with TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick in Ireland,
12. “There are three things that could happen. And one of them did happen. He was perhaps born in Kenya. Very simple, OK? He was perhaps born in this country. But said he was born in Kenya because if you say you were born in Kenya, you got aid and you got into colleges. People were doing that. So perhaps he was born in this country, and that has a very big chance. Or, you know, who knows?”
13. “Who knows about Obama? … Who knows, who knows? Who cares right now?… I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I will write a book, I will do another book, and it will do very successfully.”– January 6, 2016, in aninterview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
14. “I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet … I don’t talk about it anymore. The reason I don’t is because then everyone is going to be talking about it as opposed to jobs, the military, the vets, security.”
It was September of 2016 before Trump finally acknowledged that Obama was an American citizen. Trump suffered NO negative consequences as a result of the lies he told about Obama’s place of birth. Every time Trump lies about Obama, there seems to be benefit to Trump by creating a general sense of distrust of Obama by the public. People remember the repeated claims associated with the birther issue, and after it continue for such a long time, it became part of the national dialogue, even after Obama’s birth certificate was produced.
Trump followed the birther controversy by raising questions about Obama wiretapping his phone, In four tweets on March 4, 2017 President Donald Trump alleged “President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump called this a “fact,” and compared the alleged wiretapping to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” However Trump failed to cite a single source for this allegation. It was James Comey of the FBI who testified that there was no evidence to support the allegation of wire tapping. Comey said:
“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said. “The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets.”
The Department of Justice repeated that statement in a court filing.
By September of 2017 there was still no evidence that Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump or Trump Tower. To this date there has been no evidence that any of Trump’s conversations were picked up by the FBI.
As the Robert Mueller investigation closes in on Trump, it seems that Trump has gone on the offensive once again. This time, he has cited ZERO EVIDENCE to support his allegation. Trump has stated that the Department of Justice should consider whether the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign in 2016.
Trump’s power play injected fresh intensity into his escalating political offensive against the Justice Department and renewed worries he is barging across long-held boundaries between the judicial system and the Oval Office.
It also raised potential scenarios that would threaten the integrity of US governance: first, that Trump could use his power to go after a political opponent and, second, that he means to derail or even end a criminal probe into his own conduct.
His gambit Sunday also fits into an effort by the White House, Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill and conservative media cheerleaders to muddy the reputations and any eventual findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as well as to cement the President’s political base.
But some critics believe that Trump’s repeated pattern of leaning on the Justice Department and the FBI over the Russia investigation could come close to showing intent that could amount to obstruction of justice. If the allegations were true, they would potentially mean that someone in the Obama administration had ordered the FBI to spy on the Republican nominee for political reasons and the bureau had agreed to do it.
That would be a stunning political crime if it were true. But given that no one has offered any evidence for such an outlandish scenario, it seems not to be rooted in fact at this point.