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Local African American Leaders Denounce Trump’s Continued ‘Birther’ Lies

Las Vegas, NV – Today, local African American leaders responded to Donald Trump’s continued refusal to apologize for spreading the racist lie that President Obama was not born in the United States. State Senators Pat Spearman and Kelvin Atkinson held a press conference calling out Trump, the Birther-in-Chief who has led the effort to delegitimize the nation’s first African American President. Nevada Republicans like Congressman Joe Heck, Congressman Cresent Hardy and Danny Tarkanian have consistently refused to denounce Trump’s birther conspiracy theories.

Local birther, Trump surrogate and Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Wayne Allyn Root declined the NV Dems invitation to defend Trump’s actions, citing his “hellacious schedule 24/7” — but we hear he’s available for interviews: [email protected].

Watch video clips here from Senator Spearman and Senator Atkinson.

“Nothing can excuse the years Donald Trump spent peddling racist conspiracy theories against our nation’s first African American president,” said State Senator and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Pat Spearman. “Instead of apologizing, Trump then told more lies about the origins of this hateful conspiracy theory and his role in popularizing it. Unfortunately, Nevada Republicans like Congressman Joe Heck, Congressman Cresent Hardy and Danny Tarkanian have refused to denounce Trump’s rampant lies and continued racism.”

“Last week, Donald Trump again reignited the disgusting and racist birther rumors he brought the national stage years ago,” said State Senator Kelvin Atkinson. “As recently as Wednesday, Trump refused to admit that the President was born in the United States. And on Friday, he duped reporters into listening to a 20-minute rambling about his new hotel before quickly conceding that President Obama was born in the United States – but refused to apologize for years of peddling this racist lie.”