Vermont senator Bernie Sanders just broke down what the “birther” movement is really about: Racists who are unable to accept that a black man is President of the United States.
Donald Trump has championed the “birther movement” for the better part of a decade before finally conceding on Friday that yes, President Obama was indeed born on U.S. soil. The GOP nominee offered no apologies and took no questions, but he did toss in the lie that this particular conspiracy theory was started by Hillary Clinton.
During an appearance on CNN, Sanders told host Chris Cuomo that the birther movement had nothing to do with a belief in a hidden truth that needed to be uncovered and everything to do with the desperate need of racists to delegitimize the country’s first African-American president.
“Let’s all remember that a few years ago, Donald Trump was the leader of the so-called ‘birther movement,’” Sanders stated.
“And what the birther movement was about, Chris, was not about 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,” Sanders continued. “There are racists in the country who could never accept the fact that we had a black president.”
The former democratic presidential candidate then pointed out that just like Obama, his father was born in a foreign country. Yet, for some reason, no one had ever doubted that he was an American citizen.
“My dad was born in Poland, okay? He came to this country when he was 17. Chris, do you know how many people ever asked me whether or not I was born in America? Nobody ever asked me that.”“Maybe it has something to do with the color of my skin,” Sanders concluded.