He pulled a huge bait and swicth on the press
Donald Trump’s rise in conservative politics began in 2011 when he stoked the flames of racism by claiming president Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States. His “birther” crusade against the president was a pack of lies aimed at delegitimizing America’s first black president. After today’s disastrous press conference, Trump’s original sin may wind up being the death knell for his presidential bid.
This morning, at his new hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump pulled three moves in just 30 seconds that would make any con artist proud: He attempted to make himself the champion of the racist ‘birther’ crusade, told a monstrous lie about Hillary Clinton, and trolled the press pool, resulting in a revolt.
After saying the event was going to be a press conference where he announced that he thought president Obama was born in the U.S., Trump made a quick statement and took no questions.
Hillary Clinton and her campaign in 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.
After his announcement, he pulled a bait and switch and used the press conference to promote his new hotel. Then a member of his staff physically detained the press pool producer, prompting the major television networks to pull their cameras and erase all footage of Trump’s tour.
Here’s Twitter’s best responses to the debacle:
Then the press boycotted the tour of Trump’s new hotel.