With businessman/would be GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump resurrecting the erroneous birther conspiracy theory in particularly fact-challenged ways, the president’s half-sister was asked about the lie that will not die.
“I think it’s unfortunate,” President Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said in an interview with CNN. “He was born in Hawaii. There is a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented. I think that it is time for people put that to bed, to rest completely.”
Soetoro-Ng’s comments come amid a renewed focus on the well-trod ground of the President’s birth certificate. A Fox News poll this month showed 37 percent of Republican voters don’t believe the President was born in the United States. Trump, the Real Estate mogul and reality TV star flirting with the idea of a Presidential run, and has used conspiracy theories surrounding the birth certificate issue to gain publicity. Trump has fanned the flames by falsely claiming the president’s certificate of live birth doesn’t have a serial number or the signature of an official. It has both.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is on a publicity tour for her children’s book, has joined in.
We took a look this morning on Good Morning America at the latest and why GOP officials are concerned about the myth’s persistence: