CNN’s Acosta: Trump Thinks Standing by Obama Birtherism Would’ve Helped Him in Election

So not only is President Trump‘s birtherism back in the news this week, but now CNN is reporting that Trump thinks he’d have done better if he never held that press conference saying Barack Obama was born in the U.S. This is what the New York Times reported yesterday:
Advisers say he continues to privately harbor a handful of conspiracy theories that have no grounding in fact. In recent months, they say, Mr. Trump has used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate… One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation. The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. The senator asked not to be named to discuss private conversations.

But CNN tonight, Jim Acosta reported the following:
“According to a source who is close to the White House… apparently President Trump, ever since that day when he finally acknowledged that Barack Obama was born in the United States, was questioning, and has questioned since then, the politics of that decision, meaning that he feels he would have done even better in the November election last year had he just stood his ground and insisted that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He feels he would have performed even better in the polls.”
Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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