COULD THEY BE WORRIED?
by Sharon Rondeau
Hopkins holds two law degrees and has worked on both the Obama ’08 and Hillary Clinton ’16 campaigns.
In August of last year during the heat of the presidential campaign, Trump said, referencing the terrorist group known as the “Islamic State,” or ISIS, “They honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS.”
However, Trump has not said that Obama is “a Kenyan.”
An interview from May 29, 2012 between a CNN anchor and former Texas U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who had recently endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, depicts the anchor invoking Trump’s appearance at a fundraiser for Romney in Las Vegas and asking Hutchison if Trump’s having questioned Obama’s birthplace were a problem for Romney. “He’s still not letting this ‘birther’ nonsense go,” the anchor stated to Hutchison.
Although a caption in the upper-left corner of the video states, “Trump contends Obama born in Kenya,” an internet search reveals that Trump does not appear to have said those words, nor that Obama is “a Kenyan.”
The AP, NPR and Obama’s former literary agent originally reported Obama as “born in Kenya.” In late 2007, Obama supporter and MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews said on air that Obama was “born in Indonesia.”
Obama claims that he was born in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961 to a U.S.-citizen mother and British-citizen father, the latter of whom became a Kenyan citizen upon that country’s independence from Great Britain declared on December 8, 1963.
In June 2008, Obama’s campaign reported that the candidate was born a dual citizen of Kenya and the U.S.
Early in 2011, while considering running for president himself, Trump publicly pressed the White House to release Obama’s “long-form,” or detailed, birth certificate to prove that he was born in the U.S. to show that he was eligible to the office he held and for which he sought a second term.
On April 7, 2011, Trump said that he had dispatched “a team of his own investigators to Hawaii” and “warned his investigators just might uncover ‘one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond.'”
On April 27, 2011, an electronic image said to represent Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate was posted at whitehouse.gov to much fanfare, with Obama giving a press conference in which he claimed that the image provided “additional information about the site of my birth.”
Trump immediately claimed credit for the release of the image, stating that his colleagues would examine it for authenticity. “I hope it checks out beautifully,” Trump said at a press conference in New Hampshire later that day.
A month later, Trump told WND that “he believes the “birth certificate” released by the White House is forged.”
As The Post & Email has reported, those on the political left, which includes most major media and entertainment e-zines, have frequently referred to Trump’s “birther” statements in recent weeks and months, raising the issue on talk shows, articles and on prime-time television without provocation.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president and commander-in-chief to be 35 years old, to have resided in the country for at least 14 years, and to be a “natural born Citizen.” Most Americans understand the term of art to mean, at a minimum, “born in the United States.”
Questions have been raised as to whether or not a person’s parents must have been U.S. citizens, by birth or naturalization, at the time of his birth for him to be a “natural born Citizen.”
Obama’s reported dual citizenship with the U.S. and Kenya has been raised by some as a possible preclusion to his “natural born” status.
Since Obama has claimed to have been born to a father who was never a U.S. citizen, Obama supporters have based their belief in his presidential eligibility on his alleged birth in the United States.
While indignantly insisting that Obama was born in Hawaii, the media has refused to report that a five-year criminal investigation determined in 2012 that the “birth certificate” image posted at whitehouse.gov is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form was also found to be fraudulent.
Just prior to the 2012 election, Trump offered Obama $5 million to go to a charity of Obama’s choice if he would release his college and passport applications. After receiving no response from the White House, Trump increased his offer by tenfold to $50 million with the same non-response.
In late May 2014 at the National Press Club, Trump was asked if he regretted questioning Obama’s “citizenship” by means of the “birth certificate” issue, to which he responded, “Not even a little bit. I don’t regret it. Why would I regret it?”
Trump went on to say that he believed that questions remained about Obama’s background in what he saw as three possibilities:
That Obama was born in Kenya; that he “was born in this country” but said he was born in Kenya in order to obtain foreign aid to attend college; or that Obama’s history as stated publicly is “all right,” including his birth certificate.
In 2013, Trump told ABC News’s Jonathan Karl that he believed his publicizing of the Obama eligibility question “made me very popular.”
“I do think I know what I’m doing,” he added.
Last September at a campaign event, Trump said, to much media fanfare, that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States” and that Hillary Clinton was responsible for launching the “birther” issue.
In December 2016, following a third and final press conference in the matter of the birth certificate forgery, then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, who commissioned the investigation, said that the evidence gathered over the five-year probe would be turned over to federal authorities.
Still unanswered is who created the forgeries of Obama’s only proffered personal documents and why.
Whether or not the Trump Justice Department will investigate the forgeries remains to be seen.