F-words were in the air on late-night television Monday, as both Seth Meyers and Samantha Bee dropped the swear while discussing Donald Trump’s place in the birther movement.
On Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Bee played the clip of Trump commenting on the matter, which he had heralded vocally since 2011. “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it, you know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.”
“Oh, f— you,” Bee said in response. She then decoded Trump’s statement, pointing out its falsehoods. “A decade of racist conspiracy mongering brushed off in a 32-word statement that contained two lies, plus one of those lies repeated, and the half-hearted disavowal of the original lie. Even the part where he says, ‘you know what I mean,’ isn’t really true since nobody knows what the f— he’s talking about there.” Bee closed her comments by calling out Trump for his remarks against Megyn Kelly last year. “The only word that is not problematic is period, which Trump probably shouldn’t be emphasizing given his history with women.”
A short time after Bee’s broadcast, Meyers made similar comments about Trump on Late Night. “‘Obama was born in the United States, period’? F— you, exclamation point!” Meyers said. “You don’t get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it’s over. We decide when it’s over. And it’s certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial. ‘Also, the Travelocity gnome said all Mexicans aren’t rapists, so that’s over now too.’ Saying Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. is your No. 1 hit. Saying you got it from Hillary would be like Bruce Springsteen saying he only wrote ‘Born to Run’ because he heard Bon Jovi say it once.”
Trump spent years questioning Barack Obama’s birthplace, writing on Twitter in 2012, “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” In 2013, he floated a conspiracy theory about the person who “verified copies” of Obama’s birth certificate. “How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died in plane crash today. All others lived.” In 2014, Trump called on “hackers” to find Obama’s college records. “Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check ‘place of birth.'”
Watch Bee take down Trump’s claims below.