Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Don Lemon that people’s claims about her and her campaign starting the “birther” movement are completely “ludicrous.” Clinton said she had never even heard of that claim and lamented that she gets “blamed for nearly everything.”
Here’s a bit of trivia. Can you identify which campaign’s supporters sent out this email back in 2008?
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth… Obama carries multiple citizenships and is ineligible to run for President of the United States. United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1.”
Probably McCain’s, right? Maybe Sarah Palin wrote it. I mean, obviously it was a “tea-bagger.”
Actually, it wasn’t anyone on the right. They were Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
If you recall, it was Philip Berg, a former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general and a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, who filed a lawsuit claiming that Obama was ineligible based on his dubious origins. Clinton’s supporters were the biggest group of “birthers” there were.
But somehow, all the negative press fell on conservatives. And Donald Trump. Think it’ll be an issue for Hillary Clinton this time around? Of course not. She’s on the right team, so she’ll be mostly protected by the press.
Granted, it wasn’t the Clinton campaign, per se, that questioned Obama’s birthplace. A group of Clinton’s supporters, including an attorney, used it to try to bring Obama down and get Clinton elected. But for Clinton to claim that this accusation – that she had something to do with the birther movement early on – is a “new one” is what’s ludicrous.