Birtherism comes from a dark, dark place in the white racist’s heart, and Trump led it. He led it. For years. And today, he didn’t apologize for the damage, racist debasement, coarsening, and poisoning of public discourse his birtherist movement caused.
Remember, he entered politics on birtherism, and he rode it to victory in the Republican primaries. His street cred as the true alt-right candidate in the race came from his birtherism.
And now it’s finally hurting him politically (only two days ago, he refused to say that Obama was born in this country). So all he did today was to tersely and without elaboration admit the obvious to stop his political bleeding: Obama, obviously, was born in the United States. No apology for the defamation. No apology to the African American community. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
That this is coming up now, and how he handled it today (again, not a single word of apology), ought to be a bracing reminder of what’s at stake in this election. This man has repeatedly broken the social contract with groups of Americans–and should never, ever be rewarded for his evil behavior with the White House.
Make no mistake, birtherism is an evil. And Trump led it. He led it. Birtherism is a deliberate and grotesque evil visited upon African Americans, not just President Obama, tapping into the worst aspects of white racist attitudes toward the status of blacks in America. It seems to me unthinkable that a man who could do this could also get a majority of Americans to elect him as President. Maybe this has come up at just the right moment to wake up Americans as to who this man is.