Donald Trump Gets Even More Birthery, Wrong

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Donald Trump has quickly moved from mere curiosity over President Obama's origins into full-blown, raving birtherism. "I brought it up just routinely," he told the completely uncritical Fox and Friends hosts this morning, "and all of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging, and I'm starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country." One of the "facts" that has emerged to Trump, because he apparently only just discovered this conspiracy that has been going on for at least three years, is that the birth announcements in Honolulu newspapers after Obama was born could be meaningless.

"That ad that was placed in the Houston [sic] paper, that was placed in the paper days after he was born. So he could have come into the country and they did it for social reasons, they put it in, they did it for whatever reason. There are a lot of reasons you could have put an ad in."

Again, a quick Google search — something Trump has shown himself entirely incapable of performing — could easily put his mind at ease. As Dave Weigel wrote in 2009:

The problem with this? Parents and relatives don’t, and didn’t, get to place birth announcements in the Honolulu Advertiser or the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. As a Star-Bulletin employee explained to WorldNetDaily, the editors “print what we receive from the Department of Health Vital Statistics System,” and did so in 1961. And the Advertiser worked the same way.

Trump told Fox that "people now are calling me from all over saying, please don't give up on this issue." We couldn't agree more. Keep at it, Donald. Don't relent until every last shred of your credibility has been destroyed.

Trump Goes Full Birther: 'I Am Really Concerned' Obama Not Born In USA [TPM]