Before he officially entered the race for president, Donald Trump built his political reputation by peddling the racist birther conspiracy against President Obama.
The strategy was so successful that it made him the hands-down candidate of choice for white supremacists and bigots nationwide. Trump even bragged openly about the shameful campaign, including this line in his company’s official bio for him:
“In 2011, after failed attempts by both Senator McCain and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump single handedly forced President Obama to release his birth certificate, which was lauded by large segments of the political community.”
In fact, Obama’s birth certificate and birth announcement have long been publicly available. A second, long-form birth certificate was added to the overwhelming proof of Obama’s Hawaiian birth in 2011 when then-Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie changed the law to release the the document and shut Trump up.
Despite the overwhelming proof that Trump had perused a transparent lie for years, the line remained on his website until it mysteriously disappeared in January after Trump’s rampant race-baiting had served its electoral purpose.
In a review of the website’s archive, CNN found that the line was deleted around the time of Trump’s inauguration, sometime between January 13 and 24 of this year.
Trump was the last and loudest of voices claiming that Obama was not born in the United States, a claim made with no evidence and refuted with ample proof but allowed to continue by playing on people’s worst racist inclinations.
The deletion of Trump’s vile brag at least indicates that he understands that his birtherism is something to be ashamed of. Sadly, that has not stopped him from enabling America’s white nationalist movement or empowering the worst parts of American society.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com