"Trump led the charge on"
Oh, fucking bullshit.
Hey, Daniel Strauss? Yeah. You.
Were you even out of grammar school during the 2012 election cycle?
The birther movement was initiated and going strong long before the Donald hitched his caboose to that trainwreck. Trump thought he could get mileage out of it for his bid in 2012, and he dumped a stupid amount of money into it, but he was one of the last people to sign on to it.
You're thinking of that Oily Taint creature. The birther movement was barely being sustained by right wing life support when Trump gave it one last jolt for a few months.
Here's a pro-tip: "journalism" is not "pulling shit out of your ass." Unless, of course, you're padding your resume to be a Fox News blogger. If so, then please proceed.