At the opening of the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago today, former President Barack Obama opened his speech by cracking a joke and, in doing so, taking a swipe at Trump’s birtherism campaign.
President Obama at opening of Obama Foundation summit in Chicago: "This isn't where I was born. I was born in Kenya."
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) October 31, 2017
Trump most infamously launched his baseless birtherism campaign against Obama as early as 2011, only three years into his first term.
“His grandmother in Kenya said, ‘Oh no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ Now, she’s on tape and I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon …The grandmother in Kenya is on record saying he was born in Kenya,” Trump said, incorrectly, in 2011.
“A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book, he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital,” Trump again lied in 2012.
While the claim was easily debunked when Obama released his long-form birth certificate, the move solidified Donald Trump as utterly untruthful and eager to pander to his racist base.
While Trump continues to spew this same brand of nonsense, Obama has shown no hesitation in calling out Trump’s abhorrent foolishness.