Trump convened some of his top campaign brass, including Hope Hicks and Jason Miller, on a conference call that month as he was patched in from his executive perch at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Behind The Scenes
Then the inevitable eruption came.
“I WANT THAT GODDAMN FUCKING STATEMENT”: Behind the Scenes of Trump’s Secret Birther Implosion
He had achieved what John McCain, Bill Clinton, and so many others could only dream of doing, he thought.
Hicks-a top confidante and a bitter and vexed, still itching to one day unleash his lengthy and unalloyed comment on his birther past and present. In the moment, Trump was press and comms hotshot whom Trump had for years treated as a surrogate daughter and whom he affectionately called Hopey and Hopester-was the brave one. He blamed Hillary Clinton for being the godmother of the racist birtherism craze and for starting it in the first.