Donald Trump may have inadvertently re-energized Hillary Clinton’s supporters by once again deliberately disrespecting President Barack Obama.

In one arrogant sentence, Trump managed to anger many in the African-American community, which included the entire Congressional Black Caucus during its annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C.

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” Trump told reporters last week. “Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

His out-of-line remarks set off a firestorm since it was Trump who five years ago first raised the false issue of Obama’s foreign birthplace, which was a blatant attempt to discredit the nation’s first Black president.

Trump owes Obama an apology, which of course the president will never receive, but it’s yet another example of why there should be a sense of urgency leading up to Election Day in November.

“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first Black president,” Clinton said at an event in Washington. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.”

I don’t need Trump to legitimize Obama’s birth status and, as a friend suggested, this is perhaps a non-story and we should simply ignore Trump’s constant ignorance.

It’s a valid point but because polls indicate that the presidential race is tightening, Trump, some argue, could wind up in the White House.

Polls show Trump closing in on Clinton in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Iowa and Virginia, and some surveys show Trump leading in a few battleground states. It clearly doesn’t mean that Trump will win the election, but it does signal that Clinton must rally the faithful and win over young people who don’t trust her.

Trump blurted out his absurd remarks about Obama around the same time the White House held a briefing for African-Americans who attended the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) annual conference. The subject of the briefing was Obama’s critically-important My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, the president’s ambitious flagship program to empower and uplift black boys and young men of color.

MBK has partnered with community organizations and business leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ensuring that MBK programs will continue – and flourish — after Obama leaves office.

Last week’s session marked the last CBC legislative conference briefing by the Obama administration and while African-American White House aides are proud of the administration’s accomplishments – and rightfully so — it is clearly an emotional time as the Obamas will soon vacate the White House after eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“We will deeply miss the First Family,” said one African-American senior aide.

Meanwhile, in about 50 days, voters will choose a new president and Trump has once again angered the Black electorate.

“He has lived a life of bigotry,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said during a CBC press conference last week. “If you view America as a land of value and equality and justice, this man cannot be elected. We as African-Americans have had enough. He has debased this election, but more importantly, he has disgraced himself in his lack of respect for the President of the United States of America.”

And speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, last week, First Lady Michelle Obama was direct.

“There were those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years up through this very day whether my husband was even born in this country,” she said. “Well, during his time in office, I think Barack has answered those questions with the example he set by going high when they go low.”

We all know the facts: Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

“I was pretty confident about where I was born,” Obama told reporters at the White House last week. “I think most people were as well. My hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that.”

I agree with the president, but unfortunately Trump isn’t a serious person – or a serious candidate — so he can’t muster a substantive discussion on domestic or foreign issues.

For the past eight years, Obama has been vilified unfairly simply because he’s Black and Trump, a bigoted blowhard, continues to take cheap shots at America’s 44th president.

What is gratifying, however, is that Obama will leave the White House the same way he entered it: by taking the high road.

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25 thoughts on “Trump Angers Black Voters With Statement On Birther Controversy

  1. Who should be judge over Black American’s criminals..Are We Black Am’s fair when we use the justice system to acquit or condemn people? Would you hire a black American who is a republican? How would you treat your co worker after November elections if they voted Trump & he wins? the same or different? Should I vote for Hillary and why? For me I rather have Mr Ben Carson as president so maybe I feel as though I don’t want to vote…. would it better for me Not to vote being that I have no interest in Hillary

  2. When people question Barack Obama’s citizenship it’s because to SOME it’s questionable….People have the right to be suspicious of every candidate. I want to know WHY is Black Media so much against Trump??? and is it Black Media’s place to to make assumption that ALL BLACK AMERICANS are flocking for Hillary? When Black Media says get out the Vote or Go vote are you implying that that vote should be a vote for Clinton? What do you call Black Voters who vote Trump Deplorable’s? Smart, godly and decent Black people plan on voting for Trump How do you think the next President should handle Chicago’s crime

    • Are you someone Trump paid to be on here. Did you not just hear him say he is for stop and frisk. We all know who that will apply to. And I keep hearing people saying Obama did nothing for black people, what did you want him to do. Every time he presented a bill that would benefit you, the Republican congress vetoed it. He went alone on what he could approve. I have a problem with Blacks who make a lot money and do not put it back into the communities they come from. Black people need to learn to help themselves because no politician is going to make your household better. The whole idea are the laws that are presently in place for us, we do not want them abolished! So what do you think Trump is going to do for you.

  3. R ALBERT JACOBS on said:

    WHEN TRUMP TALKS ABOUT MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, THOSE ARE SIMPLY THE OLD REINCARNATED JIM CROW, NIXON SOUTHERN STRATEGY CODE WORDS EMBRACED BY DAVID DUKE FOR “KEEPING THEM IN THEIR PLACE” DONT TURN OUT TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!!!!!!

  4. MiaP. First, I am not white. I asked the question because I’ve heard so many AA’s state they would go back to Africa if Trump were elected President. So, Please don’t get offended by my statement.

  5. So, if Trump became President, what are Black people going to do? Go back to Africa? They don’t want us. They’re trying to come here for a better life and they turn their noses up at us. I had on almost call me a n**ger.

    • For the person that ask are we going back to Africa in that case where are you all going back to the caves in Europe the caucasus Mountain where you all came from

  6. CHILD (A 13 YEAR OLD FEMALE AT THE TIME) RAPE CASE LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP FILED AS REPOFRTED BY THE HUFFINGTON POST AND LET’S NOT FORGET TRUMP’S FIRST WIFE IVANNA TRUMP UNDER OATH IN A 1989 DEPOSITION THAT HE VIOLENTLY ATTACKED HER, RIPPED OUT HER HAIR, AND FORCIBLY PENETRATED HER WITHOUT CONSENT…(BASICALLY KNOWN AS RAPE)…AMERICA SHOULD THIS TYPE OF PERSON BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR SHOULD HE BE CONVICTED AND LOCKED UP AS WHAT SURELY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ANY COMMON CITIZEN WITHOUT QUESTION. AND TO THINK THAT HE HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO DOING THIS TO A CHILD. WE ARE WITNESS OF HE PAST/CURRENT REMARKS TOWARD WOMAN. WHERE THERE’S SMOKE / THERE COULD BE FIRE

  7. Michael Lawton on said:

    For those who stated that Clinton started the Birther movement needs to ask yourself why did Trump wait until the last minute to speak to the African American population and why does he need a black person to spearhead a bogus position to try to reach African Americans? Omerosa is a media and opportunistic person who cares less about anybody but herself. If you aren’t part of the solution, then you are part of the problem!

    • Omar Tekoa on said:

      Very true. I am one of them. I think we ought to be very careful about engaging in racial bigotry. I, for one, as as a black person, cannot but feel a sense of absolute betrayal by Obama. What has he really done for black people who voted for him enmass? My grand-mother pays more for her medication under Obamacare. You try check out what Hillary said and did to Obama during the primaries and ask yourself who has shown more racist tendencies, Hillary or Trump. I cannot understand why we cannot as a people seem to look beyond skin colour. More black illegal immigrants have been deported under Obama than under any other president. Go check it out and vote with your head and not with your skin. Why must we lose our heads once anything remotely connected to skin colour is mentioned?

    • A Good Catholic Girl on said:

      Please please, stop misinformation. Don’t follow Trump and his followers. Clinton did not begin the birther movement. Someone make a statement that may have suggested same. But started the movement. THAT IS A FACT, FOR 5 YEARS he has been disrepectful.

  8. Every time that CHUMP opens up his mouth-he puts his FOOT IN IT!!!!

    Chump is simply an IGNORANT/ARROGANT POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I agree, it amazes me how people really believe in this racist, communist lover, and kkk hero. He is really having black people buying his rhetoric. Oh well, if he does win and what little laws protecting blacks now have will be gone. And then we will see what they have to say when the Supreme court overturn what little laws we have for our protection and your local Congress and state officials can do whatever they want to minorities. Then you will want Hillary and see it wasn’t so bad under Obama after all.
      This man just wants your vote!

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