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Report says Trump can't let go of the Obama birth-certificate conspiracy

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  • President Donald Trump is privately reviving a conspiratorial crusade that thrust him into the political spotlight, according to The New York Times, which cited sources as saying Trump had recently renewed doubts over the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
  • The Times described one senator as saying Trump had a hard time letting go of the conspiracy.

A New York Times article describing efforts by President Donald Trump to cast doubt on unfavorable stories about him says he has revived the conspiracy theory that thrust him into the political spotlight.

Speaking with senators and advisers in private, Trump recently has renewed his doubts about the legitimacy of former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a New York Times report published Tuesday said. The baseless scepticism over Obama’s citizenship is a conspiracy theory Trump has floated since long before his 2016 presidential campaign and helped the real-estate mogul and reality-TV star attract a political following.

After questioning Obama’s citizenship for several months during the campaign, Trump appeared to finally put the topic to rest in September 2016 by publicly saying “Obama was born in the United States, period.”

But according to at least one lawmaker in the Times report, the subject is all but dead. One senator The Times said listened to Trump rekindle the topic reportedly said Trump had difficulty letting go of his previous assertions. Of those, the so-called birther conspiracy is only one.

The Times last weekend reported that Trump recently had tried to cast doubt on the validity of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about groping women. He apologised for the tape and acknowledged its authenticity during last year’s campaign. Trump has also continually floated the verifiably false theory that he lost the popular vote during the 2016 presidential election because of widespread voter fraud.

“It’s dangerous to democracy,” Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona told The Times on Tuesday. “You’ve got to have shared facts.”

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