Rudy Giuliani announced that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t a birther anymore.
“I confirm that,” the former mayor of New York City told Chris Matthews in a testy segment on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Thursday. “And Donald Trump now confirms that.”
Trump has never confirmed that.
“I don’t talk about it,” Trump told NBC’s Ali Vitali on Monday.
For a time, Trump was the most prominent backer of the birther movement, a conspiracy theory that claimed President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States. Trump has never publicly backed away from those claims despite the release of both “short-form” and “long-form” birth certificates proving Obama was born in Hawaii.
After several minutes of back-and-forth on the issue, Giuliani began laughing.
“I don’t think this is funny,” Matthews scolded. “I think when you accuse the president of the United States of being someone who snuck in the country and assumed an identity, because that’s what Trump has been doing for years now.”
“Wait, a second. Wait, wait, wait,” Giuliani shot back, then proceeded to blame Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the issue ― another conspiracy theory that has also been debunked.
“Her campaign raised it originally,” Giuliani insisted.
“No,” Matthews said. “You’re wrong.”
See the full exchange above.