At around 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning, after a brief intro, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave possibly the shortest speech of his career. He concluded the speech by saying "President Obama was born in the U.S., period. Now we want to get back to making America strong and great again. Thank you very much."
The micro-speech came after hours of buildup and left many observers stunned and consensus quickly formed that the event was really just an excuse for the former reality TV star to shill his new hotel.
That Trump speech was the purest rendition of The Aristocrats ever performed— NowThis (@NowThis)1474040100.0
CNN finally pulls back from live infomercial of Trump hotel/rally, conceding they were misled. @jaketapper calls it a "RickRoll."— Brendan Nyhan (@Brendan Nyhan)1474039740.0
The spectacle that we just saw was an embarrassment to American democracy— Ben Jacobs (@Ben Jacobs)1474040411.0
#Trump: Many thanks to US networks who gave #Trump campaign hrs of free publicity. https://t.co/bZpGBgfwJg . Got ya https://t.co/8Pt7jCnkjN— bmaggiemay (@bmaggiemay)1474041113.0
So Trump just manipulated cable TV to give him free air time, then lied about origins of his birther libel against Obama.— Nicholas Kristof (@Nicholas Kristof)1474040264.0
Trump didn't finish the birther movement. It was finished August 4, 1961.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari Sellers)1474040495.0
Trying to convince the media that Trump is scamming them is like trying to explain to your parents what an email scam is.— Steven Schapansky (@Steven Schapansky)1474041343.0
The big takeaway from Trump's comments was 2 more lies. Hillary started it. I finished it. Both false. https://t.co/MzmO6n4Mgr via @TPM— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1474041342.0