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CNN: Trump Fears 'Birtherism' Talk Would Overshadow Campaign

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By    |   Monday, 04 Jul 2016 12:40 PM

Donald Trump hasn't responded to a lengthy story on the front page of The New York Times Sunday concerning his 2011 "birtherism" push against President Barack Obama, and that's because he doesn't talk about it anymore, CNN Money reports.

That's not because Trump doesn't want to talk about the topic, CNN's Brian Stelter reports, but he told the network last month that "once I talk about it, that's all they want to write about. So I don't ever talk about it."

But he'd "love to" talk about the theories that Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii, but then "we're not talking about the horrible economy. We're not talking about real unemployment in this country, which is close to 20 percent, when you add all the people that have given up looking for jobs. We're not talking about ISIS. We're not talking about the things we have to talk about. So when people ask me, I just say, 'I don't talk about that anymore.'"

The interview was held shortly after the Orlando, Fla. nightclub shootings, when Trump had said he'd ban reporters from The Washington Post from covering his events after the newspaper posted a headline saying that Trump had suggested Obama was involved with the shootings.

And at that time, some critics suggested Trump's comments about the shooting to be close to the "birther" movement, whose believers say Obama was not eligible to be president because they believe he is not a natural-born citizen.

The Times article details how the theory initially began when Obama first ran in 2008, but then took root because of Trump's push for the president to present his birth certificate, including pledging $5 million to charity if the document was produced.

But the birtherism controversy ended quickly, The Times reports, especially after Obama's long-form certificate was presented, but that may not be the whole reason.

The newspaper, citing a "former [NBC] executive with knowledge of the discussions," reported that the network's officials privately called on him to tone down the remarks over fears that he would hurt ratings for his reality show, "The Apprentice" among its more than one million African-American viewers.

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Donald Trump hasn't responded to a lengthy story on the front page of The New York Times Sunday concerning his 2011 "birtherism" push against President Barack Obama, and that's because he doesn't talk about it anymore, CNN Money reports.
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