MSNBC's Mika mocks Trump for lying about his dad: 'You're a birther! How do you not know where your parents were born?'
Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC)

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski tried to make sense of President Donald Trump's inaccurate claim that his father was born in Germany -- something he has said many times before.


The "Morning Joe" co-host rolled a series of video clips showing various times the president has misrepresented the birthplace of his father Fred Trump, who was born in the Bronx in 1905.

"You're a birther -- how do you not know where your parents were born?" Brzezinski said. "How can you get that wrong so many times? I'm just -- it's vexing."

Brzezinski asked the other panelists if they had an explanation for Trump's odd claims.

"I was born in Germany, so I can speak to this," deadpanned author Mark Leibovich. "No, I mean, it is curious. It is not kind of a standard variety lie, necessarily. What do you gain from it?"

"He has these asides," Leibovich continued. "'I'm German, my father was German.' Something you can drop into a conversation. It's almost as if he wants it lyrically, the phrase, to include a kind of, you know, falsehood in a weird way. I don't know, I don't quite know where it gets him or what he is trying to do."

MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan said it was one of the many bizarre tics the president exhibited on a daily basis.

"I don't think we've ever seen anyone on the world stage with such a five-minute window of attention span," she said, "where if he thinks in the moment saying his father was German, a blatant lie, is going to gain him praise, he'll do it."