Republican party candidate Donald Trump has long been a "birther" and questioned the birthplace of President Barack Obama. Trump's campaign has struggled to explain, clarify or cover up the candidate's own positions about President Obama's history.
In an interview with Bob Costa at the Washington Post, Trump reiterated it isn't something he talks about anymore. Costa asked Trump once again where he thought Obama was born and Trump refused to answer.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”
The campaign immediately released a statement trying to clarify Trump's statement, say that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii and blamed his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for birtherism. Politifact notes she did not start the movement.
After all of it, Twitter wasn't having any of it and responded with mockery and brutal attacks. Check out a selection below:
Statement from the Trump Campaign: https://t.co/yidN2quXqG— 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 (@𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫)1473994214.0
@JoyAnnReid The Birther couldn't say he believes Obama is born American. Half of his supporters believe Obama is a Manchurian Candidate.— Bruce Clifton (@Bruce Clifton)1473995987.0
@realDonaldTrump being a birther is racist, you orange shitgibbon.— Donald J. Quixote (LOSER) (@Donald J. Quixote (LOSER))1473995894.0
Trump never rescinded this policy, so the question remains -- despite Giuliani and Conway -- is he still a birther? https://t.co/XHXqLAcmE9— Todd Domke (@Todd Domke)1473995875.0
So he's issuing this statement on the birther thing purely for political expediency. Good to know https://t.co/VhG21dXh1o— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1473995873.0
A prominent birther told me once that Trump's source was the computer guy who designed his golf courses. No joke. https://t.co/qUwUXU1TAw— Justin Duckham (@Justin Duckham)1473995862.0
This is in 2012... Campaign says he stopped being a birther in 2011. https://t.co/MKFd7iJHUT— 🦃 Mixter Premed BabyGroot 🦃 (@🦃 Mixter Premed BabyGroot 🦃)1473995860.0
Trump wants to be both a racist birther and appeal for black votes. Makes him very schizophrenic. https://t.co/Hi0FaDkuzI— Ted Perlmutter (@Ted Perlmutter)1473995857.0
Hey @realDonaldTrump offer to public apologize to @POTUS @BarackObama for the birther nonsense MAN up to your wrong to the one u dissed— GENERAL TY LIGHTWERKERZ (@GENERAL TY LIGHTWERKERZ)1473995979.0
Will 'NEVER FORGET' nor 'FORGIVE' the @realDonaldTrump birther movement2delegitimatize America's 1stBlack President! https://t.co/eWwZ2k9q98— Beauty'sOnlySkinDeep (@Beauty'sOnlySkinDeep)1473995957.0
.@jheil @chucktodd @jaketapper @wolfblitzer if you let @realDonaldTrump get away w/this birther bullshit, you're selling out your country!— Captain Steve Rogers (@Captain Steve Rogers)1473995984.0