by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 26, 2016) — At 10:00 p.m. EDT during Monday night’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, moderator Lester Holt asked Trump why he allegedly claimed that Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” by calling for Obama to release his birth certificate in 2011.

In his question, Holt acknowledged Trump’s public statement last week that he accepted that Obama was “born in the United States,” claiming that Trump’s conclusion is what “most Americans” know to be true.

Trump responded by framing as an accomplishment the release of an image purported to be Obama’s long-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH), which was done by the White House on April 27, 2011.

When it was Clinton’s turn to speak on the subject, she said that Trump had shown “disrespect” for the “first African-American president” by doubting his birth narrative, also invoking the frequently-used pejorative  of “birthers.”

Trump responded to Clinton by stating, as McClatchy News reported, that Clinton’s 2008 campaign had circulated a photo of Obama in Muslim garb as well as launched the rumor that he was born in Kenya.

The opening question of a 2008 primary debate between Clinton and Obama confirms Trump’s assertion, according to then-moderator Brian Williams.

Neither Holt, Trump nor Clinton acknowledged that an investigation commissioned by Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio found in 2012 that the long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery.”

Last week, Arpaio told a Tea Party group that his office is “still investigating” the birth certificate image.


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  1. I am thankful for Holt bringing up the “Birther Issue”.
    To me, he did CPR. This is a somewhat of a gift.

    The cherry on the top was mentioning the phrase “Natural
    Born Citizen”. As Rush Limbaugh has said, “Living In Their
    Head Rent Free”.

    Just having a Birth Certificate does not make one a Natural
    Born Citizen. Our Choir know this, but perhaps others may
    get educated on this issue and the tide will be turned.

    Perhaps Trump could have done a bit better, but I am bias
    and think he did well. Further, I think he will do better
    and better on the next two events.

  2. All Trump had to say is “What’s it got to do with Racism Hillary? As far as I recall John McCain was white and was sued, Ted Cruz was brown and was sued, Barack Obama was black and was sued. That makes it a Constitutional Issue not a Color issue”

    Hillary would have been framed right there and then as a Racist.

  3. Trump in my opinion really blew it last night in the Debate on this question which was central to his being framed as a Racist.

    It was clear evidence he’s unprepared to battle Hillary Clinton on this issue and Principle.

    He could have caught her so hard when she referred Obama as an American Citizen by simply stating,” But the Qualification is [natural born Citizen] Hillary, and you still are not a Champion for the Constitution.”

    That would have painted her as un-American. She might be be American but she sure has no courage for the Constitution. . Neither did Trump last night.

    By trying instead to “blame Birthers” on her and her 2008 Trump’s set on his heels in defense & joins the pejorative of Birtherism rather then the high ground and no one’s better then Hillary at that.

    Trump blew being able to score on Offense and lost a very easy battle to win Publically. It’s Trump’s fundamental flaw not to demand Congress entertain in a Congressional Investigation Obama’s Ineligibility based on the inherited Kenyan or foreign Citizenship from his father.

    Trump showed everyone there his weakness and if it costs him the Presidency how much was it worth? What was it’s Value?

  4. INDICTABLE CRIMINAL ILL ILLegal hILLary mentioned in this debate, intended to legitimize her and demonize Trump, “…the birther lie…”.

    Let’s ask INDICTABLE hILLary and all her THEFT LEFT supporters to explain how a proven forged birth certificate is sufficient to be a legal “natural born” presIDent for ID Thief-in-Chief Soetoro-Obama:

    hILLary’s Great American Sedition 08-28-08- TODAY


    hILLary and her THEFT LEFT: “IN LIES WE TRUST”

  5. But Holt really blew it when he said that ‘the President must be a natural born Citizen’, showing that the media (and Congress) knows the meaning of that simple phrase in the Constitution, but are unwilling to address it.

    It’s a tragedy that no one, not even Trump, picked up on it.

    But We The People sure as hell should!

    Holt said ‘natural born Citizen’. Let’s hold him to it … and have him explain what he means by it. We should all inundate Holt and the media with the question … and then hit them with the facts and the truth.

    The Law of Nations provides the meaning, and Article 1, Section 8, Clause 10 of the Constitution requires that the Congress abides by it.