THE BIGGEST DAMNED LIE: Donald Trump Continues To Insist That Pres. Obama Was Born In Kenya (VIDEO) | Roland Martin Reports

THE BIGGEST DAMNED LIE: Donald Trump Continues To Insist That Pres. Obama Was Born In Kenya (VIDEO)

For most of us, just saying the name “Donald Trump” makes us think “liar,” “idiot” — you could go on and on. But this week, he outdid himself. After the President released his long-form birth certificate and then humiliated Trump at last year’s White House correspondent’s dinner, we thought Trump would shut up and move off the birther lie on to other lies. But, no, he went there again. It started when a right-wing website found an old brochure from an agency that represents authors, that stated that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was raised in Indonesia.

MR. MARTIN:  — speaking of code – I[’ve] got to deal with this – it’s time for our –

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MR. MARTIN:  — “The Biggest Damn Lie.”

I want you to weigh in on this – for our panel.  So, hold tight one second.

For most of us, just saying the name “Donald Trump” makes us think “liar,” “idiot” – you could go on and on.  But this week, he outdid himself.  After the President released his long-form birth certificate and then humiliated Trump at last year’s White House correspondent’s dinner, we thought Trump would shut up and move off the birther lie on to other lies.  But, no, he went there again.  It started when a right-wing website found an old brochure from an agency that represents authors, that stated that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was raised in Indonesia.  That got The Donald going:

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MR. DONALD TRUMP:  A publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given to them by Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the ’90s:  born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia.  [Chuckles.]  I mean this was a statement.  This was from Obama.

[END OF AUDIO CLIP.  CHUCKLING.]

MR. MARTIN:  First of all, it was a literary agency, not a publisher.  So, Donald, if you’re going to lie, at least get your facts straight.  Then he says, quote, “This was from Obama” – unquote.

Let’s take a look at what the person who actually wrote the bio had to say.  Quote:

“This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me.  There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”  — Miriam Goderich, Dystel & Goderich Agency

Trump admitted he knew about this statement from the bio writer, but chose to dismiss it.  But as bad as this lie was, this next lie is even better.

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MR. TRUMP:  I’ve been known as a very smart guy for a long time.”

[END OF AUDIO CLIP.  CHUCKLING.]

MR. MARTIN:  Seriously, that’s a lie!

Donald, you, certainly brought –

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MR. MARTIN:  — I mean the hits keep on comin’.

Surely, Mitt Romney can try to say, “I disagree with some of my surrogates,” but you can’t have loudmouth Donald Trump constantly dominating the news cycle, and you’re standing next to him at a fundraiser, and then say it’s no big deal, when you’re playing right into these racist folks who believe the President wasn’t born here, and he was layin’ up in a Kenyan hospital.

MR. PRESS:  Tell me one vote –

MR. MADISON:  It’s amazing –

MR. PRESS:  — that Mitt Romney –

MR. MADISON:  — how quiet our –

MR. PRESS:  — gets –

MR. MADISON:  — Republican –

MR. MARTIN:  Right.

MR. MADISON:  — friend got.

MR. PRESS:  Yeah.

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MADISON:  [Laughs.]

MR. JACKSON:  Wow!

MR. PRESS:  — one vote – one vote –

MR. JACKSON:  [Chuckles.]

MR. PRESS:  — that Donal- — that Mitt Romney gets for standing alongside of Donald Trump.  You can’t name me one.

MR. MARTIN:  Well – and the polls show that Trump will have a – a negative –

MR. PRESS:  [Crosstalk.]

MR. MARTIN:  — impact on it.

And – and, Raynard, is this clearly Trump playing to the idiots, playing to the liars, playing to these crazy birthers?  And shouldn’t Mitt Romney say, “Okay.  Enough is enough, Trump.  Shut the hell up.  You’re not helping my campaign”?

MR. JACKSON:  I agree.  I thought, politically, it was a horrible move.  Anytime your surrogate gets more media attention than you –

MR. PRESS:  [Chuckles.]

MR. JACKSON:  — there’s a problem.  There’s a problem.

MR. PRESS:  Yeah.

MR. JACKSON:  So, we lost two or three days in the news cycle because everyone’s talking about Trump.  It was a horrible move –

MR. WILLIAMS:  Well –

MR. JACKSON:  — horrible.

MR. WILLIAMS:  — I think two or three days are going to come back again, because Trump is going nowhere.  And hel- — ha- — having Donald Trump on your team is like holding a live hand grenade with the pin pulled out.  You never know when it’s going to go off –

OFF CAMERA:  That’s right.

MR. WILLIAMS:  — and – and explode.

But, to me, one of the supreme ironies, very quickly, is that this is the same sort of howling nonsense that got Rev. Jeremiah Wright dismissed.  People were afraid that his racist – [unintelligible] – it racist – but his presence was going to hurt the President.  He had distance himself immediately –

MR. PRESS:  But I think it – it says something about Mitt Romney’s character, too –

MR. MADISON:  Yes.

MR. PRESS:  — which is when s- — when Rush Limbaugh –

MR. MADISON:  Yeah.

MR. PRESS:  — called those awful words for Sandra Fluke – right – Mitt Romney said, “Well, those weren’t the words I would have chosen.”

MR. MADISON:  Yes.

MR. PRESS:  Right?  When that woman called Pres. Obama a “traitor” – right to his face – R- — Mitt Romney – no reaction at all.  Right?  And now [with] this thing, the best he can say is, “Well, you know, I don’t agree, but” –

MR. MADISON:  Well, let me –

MR. PRESS:  — “I need” –

MR. MADISON:  — tell you – [crosstalk] –

MR. PRESS:  — “Well, I need” –

MR. MADISON:  — lack of leadership.

MR. PRESS:  — “50.1 percent.”  Come on.  Get some backbone!  Stand up and say, “This is wrong.  I have nothing to do with it.  I” –

MR. MADISON:  Like Raynard

MR. JACKSON:  Ri- —

MR. MADISON:  — just did.

MR. PRESS:  — “disassociate” –

MR. JACKSON:  — right, right.

OFF CAMERA:  Yeah.

MR. JACKSON:  [Chuckles.]  Romney –

MR. PRESS:  Like Raynard did.  Why don’t you teach –

MR. MADISON:  [Chuckles.]

MR. PRESS:  — your man some – you know.

MR. JACKSON:  I can lead him to the water, but I can’t make him drink.

MR. PRESS:  Whoa!

MR. MARTIN:  [Laughs.]

MR. MADISON:  [Chuckles.]

MR. JACKSON:  But let me tell you something.  If –

MR. MARTIN:  Final comment right now.

MR. JACKSON:  — i- — i- —

MR. MARTIN:  Final comment.

MR. JACKSON:  — if Romney loses the election, it won’t be on all these extraneous matters.

MR. PRESS:  Oh, whoa, whoa.

MR. JACKSON:  It – I mean – I mean it will be on these extraneous ma- — it won’t be on the issues.  If it’s on the issues –

MR. MADISON:  Make up your –

MR. JACKSON:  — Obama loses.

MR. MADISON:  — mind, Raynard.

OFF CAMERA:  Oh, no.

MR. MADISON:  [Chuckles.]

MR. JACKSON:  But the –

MR. PRESS:  If it’s on jobs –

MR. JACKSON:  — reason I say –

MR. PRESS:  — if it’s on jobs, Obama wins.  He’s –

MR. JACKSON:  — no.

MR. PRESS:  — created more –

MR. JACKSON:  If it’s on –

MR. PRESS:  — jobs –

MR. JACKSON:  — jobs, the Republicans win.

MR. PRESS:  — than Mitt Romney.

MR. JACKSON:  But if [it’s] on all this birther stuff, because the Republicans won’t keep their darned mouths shut, we lose.

MR. MARTIN:  Well – look.  If you keep – if you t- — keep, you know, gravitating to crazy people, crazy people will keep talkin.’