Ever since Republican nominee Donald Trump questioned President Obama's birthplace in 2011, I've wondered what could have been the source of this strange "birther" rumor. And I got part of that answer on Friday, Sept. 16 when Trump finally came forward and told us all the truth behind this story that has had so many Americans questioning the president over the years. First, Trump admitted that Obama was born in the U.S. and then argued that Hillary Clinton actually started the rumor. But Harry Reid's response to Trump's birther comments is what I've really been waiting for.
Just to get things straightened out, Trump didn't apologize for the rumor. He just clarified that we should stop questioning Obama, and start questioning the person who started the rumor in 2008, which he claimed was Clinton. During this highly-anticipated, history-making press conference, Trump said, "President Obama was born in the United States, period." And in an epic turn of events, he added, "Hillary Clinton, and her campaign of 2008, started the birther controversy. I finished it."
Senate Minority Leader Reid of Nevada had some words for The Donald, though, and I am here for all of it. In an interview with CNN, Reid said: "What a liar. You know, he never questioned the citizenship of anyone else running for president. No one else. He is just such a phony." I don't know if you all remember, but wasn't Texas Sen. Ted Cruz born in Canada? (And isn't he also — not really — the zodiac killer? I digress.)
This is not the first time Reid went off on Trump. He has consistently gone after Trump in recent weeks. On Sept. 7 he referred to the GOP nominee as an "American nightmare ... the most unqualified party presidential candidate from a major party that anyone can remember." And it didn't end there. Just one day before Trump decided to end his outrageous birther conspiracy theories about Obama, Reid went on an epic rant about the former reality TV star, and he did so on the Senate floor. On Thursday, Reid said Trump is "a human leech who will bleed the country and sit at his golf resort laughing." So descriptive, so maniacal. He also noted, "I know these are harsh words, but look at this man." My inner detective has got me thinking that Reid might not be Trump's biggest fan.
In light of the news that Obama really is a U.S. citizen, Reid told CNN on Friday, "[Trump] is one of the most unbelievably immoral people I've ever heard deal with politics." Thanks, Reid, for being so honest about your feelings. And everyone else: raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by Trump.