When his surrogates say one thing and the candidate says another, it doesn’t really build up a lot of confidence in his ability to stay on message.
In recent weeks, Donald Trump’s mouthpieces have insisted that he renounced his “birther” status, in regards to President Obama, years ago.
Donald Trump refused to say if he thinks President Obama was born in the U.S. on Wednesday, despite many of his surrogates declaring in recent weeks that the Republican nominee had renounced his “birther” theory.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump said when asked in an interview with the Washington Post if he believes the president was born in Hawaii. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”
In all fairness, a lot of people hang on to the notion that Obama was born someplace other than what his long-form birth certificate shows – Hawaii.
That being said, those people are kinda nutty and the office of the presidency requires a more stable and rational approach.
Then, there’s Trump.
Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s top surrogates and advisers, have all said in interviews recently that the mogul now believes Obama was born in the U.S.
When asked whether Conway’s statement was accurate, Trump responded, “It’s okay. She’s allowed to speak what she thinks. I want to focus on jobs, I want to focus on other things.”
“I don’t talk about it anymore,” he added. “The reason I don’t is because then everyone is going to be talking about it as opposed to jobs, the military, the vets, security.
You couldn’t just say, “Sure. He was born in the United States. Next Question”?
Trump said he doesn’t think his comments about Obama’s birthplace will hurt him with black voters.
“I’ve come up with African-American voters like a rocket ship,” he said.
A recent PPP poll had Trump at 97% unfavorable among black voters.
A recent Quinnipiac poll gave him 3% of the black vote.
Like. A. Rocket ship.