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Michelle Obama: One 'insincere sentence' doesn't wipe out Trump's birtherism

"An insincere sentence" at a news conference doesn't wipe away years of Donald Trump challenging whether President Obama was born in the United States, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday.

At a Pennsylvania campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Obama called questions about her husband's birthplace "hurtful, deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency, questions that cannot be blamed on others."

The Republican nominee began saying he doubted that Obama was a natural-born citizen in 2011. Even after Obama released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate that year, Trump continued to question Obama's birthplace.

Trump finally acknowledged on Sept. 16 that Obama was born in the U.S. with a single sentence at a Washington news conference.

Democrats have repeatedly pushed the issue, labeling Trump's long history of repeating the suspicions racist and hurtful.

During Monday night's debate, moderator Lester Holt asked Trump what he would say to people offended by the challenge to Obama's legitimacy. Trump cast the issue as one he'd put to rest.

"I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing," Trump said.

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