Hillary stumbled along with the press into this trap after accusing Trump of leading 'the birther movement' early Friday morning.
This spectacle serves as another example of Trump's masterful manipulation of the media, who must tread carefully into the dangerous waters of birtherism.
Beginning like a reality TV plot, the entire episode started when Trump declined to answer a question about Obama's birthplace during an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump foreboded. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”
"In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate. Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in the statement.
“I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning.
Expecting an official apology statement, the media unintentionally broadcasted a series of generals, medal of honor recipients and military wives expressing their support for Donald Trump.
Journalists suddenly spiraled into complete outrage and panic as they realized the extent of the nimble trick.
After giving a speech about the US military, Trump then wrapped up the entire spectacle with these words:
“Now, not to mention her in the same breath, but Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it, I finished it, you know what I mean,” Trump said.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong again.”
That same morning, the Clinton campaign desperately reacted to the entire birther controversy during one of her rare appearances.
“No, he isn’t,” she said. “He is feeding into the worst impulses — the bigotry and bias that lurks in our country.”
Enraged by Trump's masterful manipulation, the already disoriented press is now forced into skirting around the birther controversy, because Hillary once again failed to “recall” her own "history" with speculation over Obama's birthplace.
“I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values,” the 2007 Clinton campaign memo reads.
“Let's explicitly own 'American' in our programs, the speeches and the values. He doesn't," the memo continued.
Clinton staff also spread photos of Obama in Muslim garb during his time in Kenya. The photos drew criticism from the Obama campaign at the time.
Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe described the tactics as "the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we've seen from either party in this election.”
Washington Editor for Injustice Watch, James Asher recently tweeted Clinton insider Sidney Blumenthal personally told him that Obama was born in Kenya.
Since he enjoys a long history of questioning Obama's roots, Trump has no reason to deny any of these accusations. He simply owns it and moves on with his life.
As with other politicians, Hillary Clinton relies on a mist of virtue-signalling to cover all her misdeeds.
Staking her campaign on political correctness, Hillary can only lose ground in bringing up birtherism, considering her original exploitation of the belief.
Whether she can "recall" or not, Hillary has placed the media in a difficult position as they cautiously cover Trump's birther fakeout.
Any trace of the birther movement goes back to the politician who needed it first, Hillary Rodham Clinton.