Trump was known for his reality TV show but came to political prominence by advocating "birtherism
," the false claim that Barack Obama was not born an American (he was born in Hawaii).
He was an early endorser of "birtherism
," the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the US.
Trump only gave up on birtherism
during the presidential campaign by preposterously declaring that it was his political opponent, Hillary Clinton, who had first raised doubts about Obama's origins.
In 2011, he flirted with "birtherism
"--the discredited Trumpian conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the United States.
Critics painted Meadows' remarks as an endorsement of "birtherism
" - a term for the baseless belief that Obama was not born in the U.S.
In 2012, he echoed Trump's racist birtherism
, declaring, "We're going to send Mr.
His first major political cause was birtherism
, the noxious and false claim that President Obama was secretly a Muslim born in Kenya.
is the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States or was born to Kenyan parents and smuggled into the country as a baby, and therefore cannot he a "natural born citizen." There are a number of variants of the theory, of increasing offensiveness, all incredible.
Unencumbered by any deep ideology of his own or any ethical qualms -- as demonstrated by his embrace of birtherism
, for example -- Trump was able to adopt these issues far more quickly than his 16 competitors in the Republican primaries.
This isn't the first time that Arpaio has aired his opinion on "Birtherism
," something which the president(http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/15/politics/donald-trump-obama-birther-united-states/index.html) reneged on in 2016 , just before the presidential election.
In a world where Republican Trump critics are treated to vein-throbbing lectures by figures on the left--MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell in August eviscerated Flake for not having done "enough" against birtherism
, even though the senator was initiating symbolic legislative action against the pea-brained conspiracy theory as far back as July 2009 - it's no surprise that a decent-minded fellow might choose simply to walk away.
, the homespun conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, was picked up by Russian state news media and then cited by right-wing groups.
Donald Trump was a highly discussed figure for many years, before he discovered birtherism
, DiPrima said of the comment made before Trump ran for President.
"Trumpocalypse Now!" takes a look at Trump's career as a conspiracy theory celebrity, his trafficking in such notions as birtherism
, Islamofascism and 9/11, the conspiracies of the Clinton era, and the JFK assassination.