Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, owes an apology to the US President Barack Obama for lying about the latter’s place of birth, his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton demanded today ramping up the attack on the real estate mogul.
“Barack Obama was born in America, plain and simple, and Donald Trump owes him and the American people an apology,” Clinton said.
Moments later Trump said that Obama was born in the US, but did not say anything about the apology.
The White House said the US President does not care about the apology. The Democratic Party also demanded an apology from Trump on this issue.
At a morning event, Clinton alleged that for five years Trump had led the birther movement to delegitimise the first black president.
“His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie. There is no erasing it in history. Just yesterday, Trump again refused to say with his own words that the president was born in the United States,” she said.
Trump, she alleged, “is feeding into the worst impulses, the bigotry and bias that lurks” in the country.
“There is no new Donald Trump. There never will be. Trump looks at President Obama after eight years as our president, he still doesn’t see him as an American,” she said.
“Think of how dangerous that is. Imagine a person in the Oval Office who traffics in conspiracy theories and refuses to let them go, no matter what the facts are. Imagine a President who sees someone who doesn’t look like him and doesn’t agree with him and thinks that person must not be a real American.
Trump is unfit to be president of the US,” Clinton said amidst applause from the audience.
“We cannot become insensitive to what he says and what he stirs up. We can’t just accept this. We’ve got to stand up to it. If we don’t, it won’t stop. In addition to the President, Trump looks at a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana and he sees a Mexican, not an American,” she alleged.
“He looks at a Gold Star family and sees them as Muslims, not patriotic Americans. He looks at women and decides how our looks rate on a scale of one to ten. I look at America, I see everyone. I see our great diversity which is one of our core strengths, not our burden. We know who Donald Trump is. Now it’s time for our country to show who we are and reject his divisive vision,” Clinton said.