Things Don’t End Well For Reporter Who Tried To Corner Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was once a strong proponent of the “birther” controversy, often questioning if President Obama was really born in the United States. To this day, reporters still broach the issue, reminding Trump of his past.

On Thursday WPVI’s Matt O’Donnell interviewed Trump in Philadelphia. During a series of questions, O’Donnell decided it would be a good idea to remind Trump of his support for the birther theory.

“You don’t talk about the birth certificate anymore. Do you regret even bringing it up?” O’Donnell asked.

“I don’t talk about it anymore. I don’t talk about it anymore,” Trump said.

“Do you regret bringing it up back then?” O’Donnell insisted, even though Trump looked visibly annoyed.

“I told you, I don’t talk about it anymore,” Trump shot back, ending the discussion.

Since Trump began running for the presidency he has become increasingly less interested in discussing Obama’s birthplace. During a June interview with CNN, Trump explained his reasons for doing so.

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“I don’t talk about it. You know why I don’t talk about it? Because once I talk about it, that’s all they want to write about. So I don’t ever talk about it,” Trump told CNN.

“And I would love to,” he added. “But if I do talk about it, then what happens, is, that takes up — then we’re not talking about the horrible economy. We’re not talking about real unemployment in this country, which is close to 20 percent, when you add all the people that have given up looking for jobs. We’re not talking about ISIS. We’re not talking about the things we have to talk about. So when people ask me, I just say, ‘I don’t talk about that anymore.’”

Theories about Obama’s birthplace started during the presidential election race of 2008. What had started out as fringe groups pushing the idea soon turned into a landslide once Trump began to chime in. The real estate mogul was blamed for giving the theories significance.

Former White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told CNN in May the people “pushing these conspiracy theories were very discredited figures the press wouldn’t take seriously.”

But then Trump “used his huge megaphone” in 2011 and the press took more interest, Pfeiffer added.

The New York Times speculated that the reason Trump eventually toned down his birther rhetoric was because of pressure from NBC executives who didn’t want Trump’s reality show The Apprentice to begin suffering bad ratings.

At one point in the 2008 presidential campaign, strategists for the Hillary Clinton campaign began circulating emails to supporters suggesting then opponent Barack Obama was a Muslim who did not share American values.

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