In a post-debate interview, Hardball‘s Chris Matthews cornered Donald Trump with the “birther” question he’s been hammering him with for some time.
“Is Donald Trump honest when he says that Barack Obama isn’t a legitimate president?”
“I should not tell you this, but I do watch you a lot. So I knew you were going to ask that question. And you know what I’ll say: I don’t talk about that anymore. You know the problem talking about that question?…Here’s the story. I don’t answer because you know what? If I do answer, that’s all people want to talk about…I don’t answer that question because once I answer the question, they don’t want to talk about the economy, they don’t want to talk about all the other…I don’t want to answer the question. I don’t want to answer the question.”
Interjected Matthews, before the interview ended:
“I do think that’s a blemish. I think it’s your original sin. I’m an American. I think our president should be respected. And I think there’s a little ethnic aspect to it. I don’t like it…It’s not a good thing about you.”