Sanders: Nobody's ever asked me where I was born
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday weighed in on the latest outbreak of the "birther" controversy regarding President Obama, saying he was never asked about his birth certificate during the Democratic presidential primaries.

Sanders, who has Polish heritage, said he presumably never faced questions about his citizenship because he's white.


Sanders often used the line during the primary campaign to slam Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE for a "racist effort to try to delegitimize the president of the United States."

"I'm running for president. Guess what? Nobody has asked for my birth certificate," he said to a cheering South Carolina audience in February.

Trump on Thursday reversed on his long-standing view that President Obama might not have been born in the United States.
 
The GOP nominee said Obama was born in the United States and blamed the birther controversy on his Democratic opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE, saying she started it during the 2008 primaries, a claim Politifact rates at false.

Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011 after Trump repeatedly questioned his citizenship.