Seth Meyers continued his biting commentary on all things Donald Trump on Monday’s show, when the “Late Night” host did a segment on the candidate’s event last Friday, during which Trump acknowledged that President Barack Obama was born in the US, ending his five-year birther crusade.
The segment also highlighted Trump’s claims that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her 2008 campaign were the ones who started the birther movement.
Meyers showed the recent clip of Trump saying Obama was born in the US.
“You don’t get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it’s over,” Meyers said. “We decide when it’s over! And it’s certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial.”
Meyers made fun of the fact that a good part of Trump’s press conference was just him talking about his new hotel in Washington DC, where the event was.
And though supporters of Trump have tried in the wake of the announcement to spin that the candidate stopped talking about the birther issue in 2011, Meyers showed a bevy of clips proving that’s not the case, highlighting that Trump had talked about it as recently as last year.
Then there are the tweets, including one in which Trump implied it was a conspiracy that the person who verified Obama’s birth certificate was the only one to die in a plane crash in 2013:
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
“Let’s just step back here and think about how insane that is,” Meyers said. “Trump thinks the president orchestrated a plane crash so accurate that it only killed the one person who could prove his birth certificate was a fraud. ‘Yeah, just bang the plane against the mountain and land it safely. 12E. We wanna take out 12E.'”
“The bottom line is this,” Meyers continued. “Trump built his career on a racist lie because he’s a racist and a liar, and instead of denouncing that lie, the GOP doubled down on it completely, and now Trump is trying to trick people once again that he was never really a birther at all, and that it was Hillary Clinton that started it.”