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Donald Trump, a bag of hot garbage moldering in the summer sun, has finally sort of admitted –through his PR team – that yes, President Obama was born in the United States.

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In an interview with the Washington Post published Thursday, Trump still danced around the issue of President Obama’s citizenship, flatly refusing to answer the question about whether or not he believed that Obama is a U.S. citizen, saying “I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet.” Now, ahead of the looming presidential debates, the Trump campaign released a statement from senior communications adviser Jason Miller that claimed victory for Trump in getting Obama to release the long form version of his birth certificate in 2011.

The statement starts by harping on the debunked rumor that Hillary Clinton’s campaign started the rumor in 2008, during her first presidential campaign. “This vicious and conniving behavior is straight from the Clinton Playbook” Miller wrote, claiming that Clinton was “too weak to get an answer.” This lie is followed by the most ridiculous thing I’ve read in this entire election cycle:

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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. Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer. Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.

In the interview with the Post, Trump made it clear that the reason he felt so compelled to stop talking about the one thing he’s been yawping about since 2011 is because it’s detracting from the issues at hand, saying “The reason I don’t is because then everyone is going to be talking about it as opposed to jobs, the military, the vets, security.” Clearly, his unwavering perpetuation of a racist lie is an issue, especially as this horrid circus of an election draws ever closer. When asked if this birther bullshit will “hang over his candidacy,” Trump responded in an answer so purely Trumpian and frustrating that I feel compelled to toss my computer into the sea and never look back: “I think it hangs over the reporters.”

It’s plain to see that this sudden change of heart, pooped out in the form of a panicked yet blustery statement by his PR flack, is an attempt at courting communities that he’s otherwise marginalized with his racist, bigoted invective. I’m sure he doesn’t believe this. Perhaps there’s another reason....

Hmm. Interesting.

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Trump, however, has yet to say that he personally no longer believes that President Obama was born in the United States. He probably never will.