Seth Meyers on Trump's birther past: "You don't get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it's over"

"And it's certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial," Meyers added


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Brendan Gauthier
September 20, 2016 5:10PM (UTC)

"Late Night" host Seth Meyers on Monday took "A Closer Look" at Donald Trump's recent attempts to distance himself from his past escapades as a birther.

In 2011, the GOP presidential nominee in large part led the charge of conspiracy theorists questioning President Obama's natural-born citizenship. More recently, Trump and his surrogates have falsely claimed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, first suggested that then-Senator Obama wasn't a U.S. citizen during her primary campaign against him in 2008.

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At a characteristically campy press conference at his brand new hotel in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump declared, "Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period."

"Fuck you! Exclamation point!" Meyers responded. "You don't get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it's over. We decide when it's over. And it's certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial."

"'Obama wasn't born here" is your number one hit," he continued. "Saying you got it from Hillary would be like Springsteen saying he only wrote 'Born to Run' because he heard Bon Jovi say it once."


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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