In what Donald Trump fans will likely see as a brilliant political move on his part, the Republican presidential nominee made the mainstream media furious by "tricking" them with his 'birther' speech.
After being badgered Thursday to restate his position on whether or not President Barack Obama's Hawaii birth certificate is legitimate or not, Trump announced that he would make his stance on the issue clearly known during a speech Friday. In that speech, Trump said he does believe that Obama was born in the U.S. but blamed Hillary Clinton for starting the whole "birther" controversy.
But the mainstream media had to wait breathlessly by to show that on TV. According to Breitbart, CNN was forced to wait a full 20 minutes with their cameras airing a live broadcast of veterans talking about how great Trump is — something that had to be incredibly painful for the CNN anchors and reporters.
Their anchors could be seen on live TV whining and expressing their frustration that Trump hadn't said anything about "birthers" yet. At one point, they finally cut away, but had to immediately go back to their lives cameras at the Trump event as he finally took the podium for his big speech.
It was 35 seconds long.
The media was stunned.
"This was absolutely repugnant!" BET News host Marc Lamont Hill. "First of all, Donald Trump has never give a speech this short before on any issue! He talks for hours sometimes when it’s supposed to be five minutes.”
“I really don’t quite know what to make of that except for that we got played, again, by the Trump campaign, which is what they do,” said CNN correspondent John King. "We just got played! We just got played!"
CNN anchor Dana Bash exclaimed, “What they did was tease us that he was going to say something, and then as John said, played us by making sure that everybody who has an ability to show Donald Trump actually took 20 minutes or got 20 minutes of very important decorated veterans praising somebody who they think should be the next commander-in-chief, which would not have been live on cable news otherwise.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper had also commented, "It's hard to imagine this as anything other than a political rick-roll."