Mother Jones: Bernie Sanders on Trump’s Birther Statement: He’s Still a Bigot and Racist

The following is an excellent article written the the Mother Jones Washington Bureau on September 16, 2016 titled “Bernie Sanders on Trump’s Birther Statement: He’s Still a Bigot and Racist” and I quote:

“Bernie Sanders on Trump’s Birther Statement: He’s Still a Bigot and Racist”

“This is part of his entire campaign of bigotry.”

Last night, the Trump campaign put out a statement saying that Donald Trump now believes President Barack Obama is American-born and claiming that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2008 that started all this birther mess. The entire missive was a lie. Trump has yet to personally renounce his birtherism, he has repeatedly indicated he believes the long-form birth certificate the president released in 2011 was fake, and fact-checkers in various news organizations have on multiple occasions noted the Clinton campaign was not behind the racist birther conspiracy theory. Reaction to the statement was varied. On CNN, Don Lemon shockingly said Trump deserved credit for dumping his birtherism. (To be clear, the statement came from a campaign aide and was not in Trump’s own words.) The New York Times did not fall for this bamboozling and headlined its report, “Donald Trump Again Won’t Acknowledge Obama Was Born in U.S.”

One of the most forceful responses came from Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom Clinton defeated in the Democratic primaries. Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, Sanders was asked to comment on this Trump development. The fiery independent let loose:

Well, isn’t that something. My word, after eight years of having President Obama as president, Donald Trump now thinks he’s a legitimate president. Well, I’m just overwhelmed with emotion. Look, this is pathetic. This goes to the root of what Trump’s campaign is about. Let’s be clear. It’s about bigotry. You remember, let’s all remember that a few years ago Donald Trump was the leader of the so-called birther movement. And what the birther movement was about, Chris, was not being critical of Obama. This is a democracy. We can criticize Obama. It was delegitimizing the first African American president in the history of our country. And the reason for that was clear. There are racists in this country who could never accept the fact that we had a black president. And that’s what Trump was trying to do, delegitimize the president, not disagree with him.

So I think this is part of his entire campaign of bigotry. It’s against Muslims. It’s against Mexicans, attacking women’s—women, you know. It’s not acceptable for a candidate for the president of the United States to be arguing whether or not our president was born in this country.

Sanders will be campaigning for Clinton in the coming weeks. If any Sanders supporters are indeed considering voting for Trump, will such strong denunciations possibly persuade them otherwise?

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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