Let’s try this again.
After failing to release his actual birth certificate yesterday — but saying he did — Donald Trump took a second stab at it today. And it appears he got it right.
That’s a lot different than a hospital certificate of live birth, and Trump’s camp acknowledged as much in a memo to ABC:
“A ‘birth certificate’ and a ‘certificate of live birth’ are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words,” wrote Trump staffer Thuy Colayco in a message to ABC News. “One officially confirms and records a newborn child’s identity and details of his or her birth, while the other only confirms that someone reported the birth of a child. Also, a ‘certificate of live birth’ is very easy to get because the standards are much lower, while a ‘birth certificate’ is only gotten through a long and detailed process wherein identity must be proved beyond any doubt. If you had only a certificate of live birth, you would not be able to get a proper passport from the Post Office or a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, there is very significant difference between a ‘certificate of live birth’ and a ‘birth certificate’ and one should never be confused with the other.”
It’s worth noting that the memo could come across as suggestive — insinuating that maybe what Obama has been using is the certificate of live birth instead of an actual birth certificate. Key word, “could.”
That begs the question: was this part of Trump’s plan all along?