The first presidential debate took place on Monday and it could not have gone much worse for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton battered him from start to finish and he did all he could to help her. At one point, he might as well have handed her a stick to beat him with. When the topic of birtherism came up, the GOP nominee promptly took center state and shot himself in the proverbial foot with an answer that was so bad it is hard to see how he could have said anything worse.
The topic at hand was healing the racial divide and Trump’s “birther” past came to the forefront of the conversation. Debate moderator Lester Holt asked Trump why he continued to peddle his birther bullsh*t until as recently as January, even though President Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.
Well, nobody was pressing it. Nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d ask the question tonight, of course, but nobody was caring much about it,” Trump said. “But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job.”
When asked what he had to say to people of color about his “birther” history and healing the racial divide. His answer made my jaw drop to the floor.
I say nothing,” Trump replied, “because I was able to get him to produce [his birth certificate]. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing.”
Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to slam Trump for his racist attempts to discredit the first African-American president of the United States.
“He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen,” Clinton said. “There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted year after year because some of his supporters, people he was trying to bring into the fold, believed it or wanted to believe it.”
Clinton also hammered Trump over his history of racial discrimination, bringing up the Justice Department’s 1973 civil rights case accusing the real estate mogul of discriminatory housing practices.
“He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one,” Clinton said. “You know, Barack Obama is a man of great dignity, and I could tell how much it bothered him and annoyed him that this was being touted and used against him.”
Watch Trump crash and burn on the debate stage when he is asked about his “birther” past, here:
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