This presidential election has been full of lies from both sides.
But this week, one particular fib caught the attention of comedian and late night talk show host Seth Meyers: that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement.
The claim that Clinton started the movement, which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made before finally conceding that Barack Obama was in fact born in the United States, has been debunked several times, by several different publications, in several different ways. Yet, Trump still said it.
"You don't get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it's over," Meyers said on his show. "The bottom line is this: Trump built his career on a racist lie because he's a racist and a liar, and instead of denouncing that lie, the GOP doubled down on it completely... And now Trump is trying to trick people once again that he was never really a birther at all, and that it was Hillary Clinton that started it."
Following Trump's "announcement," his campaign team quickly worked to change the narrative, arguing that he had stopped talking about Obama's place of birth after the president released his birth certificate. This, too, is not true. Trump repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate in interviews and on Twitter.
Meyers, pulling no punches, eviscerated New Jersey governor Chris Christie for trying to claim Trump had stopped talking about it.
"Only a Liemart greeter would claim Trump didn't talk constantly about the birther movement the last five years when thanks to cameras we know he totally did," Meyers said before showing clips of Trump questioning Obama's birth certificate. "And by the way, I'm not sure the guy who holds fake press conferences, has a fake university, a fake foundation, fake hair and a fake tan should be one in charge of deciding what's real."
Meyers' segment is a great reminder that even comedians and entertainers can be a source of informative political journalism in their own way. Similar to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, Meyers perfectly executed a hilarious bit that simultaneously called out a politician for an egregious lie. We hope he keeps it up.