It is impossible to overstate the level of hypocrisy emanating from Hillary Clinton when it comes to the latest birther controversy.
In an effort to divert eyes and minds from Clinton’s sagging poll numbers and troubling health matters, leftists in her campaign and the media have been pushing an old ‘birther’ controversy. A controversy they claim began with Donald Trump.
The Democrat presidential candidate herself even had the hubris to demand an apology from Trump.
“Barack Obama was born in America, plain and simple,” she railed. “And Donald Trump owes him and the American people an apology.”
Clinton even went so far as to claim Trump’s ‘birther’ claims were based on racism.
“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” she claimed. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.”
“There is no erasing it in history,” Clinton added.
Unfortunately for her, there is no erasing it from her history.
Hillary Clinton is the founder of the movement that questioned Barack Obama’s birthplace. She can practically be referred to as the mother of the birther movement.
The following is a list of 7 times that Hillary Clinton – not Donald Trump – was shown to have started the Obama birther controversy…
Penn Strategy Memo
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Meet Mark Penn, chief political strategist for Hillary’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008. A strategy memo released by Penn in March of 2007 contains the following statement: “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”
Penn would later suggest that the Clinton camp target Senator Obama’s “lack of American roots.”
You can view a portion of that memo and see exactly how Hillary’s campaign team plotted to expose Obama’s ‘lack of American roots’ below.
Obama’s Somali Garb
In 2008, Maggie Williams, Clinton’s campaign manager at the time, had to issue a statement regarding allegations that a staffer had circulated a picture of Senator Obama wearing traditional ‘Somali garb.’
Notably, Williams did not refute the claim, and instead argued that the photo was not controversial in any way.
“If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed,” she stated.
One has to wonder if the Clinton would feel the same way today if Trump’s staff was caught circulating that same image.
Clinton spokesman, Mo Elleithee, again couldn’t deny that anyone on Hillary’s staff had sent out the Somali clothing image, instead suggesting that it’d be impossible to determine with a staff of “over 700 people.”
Elleithee added, “We don’t think there’s anything wrong with this photo.”
He also blasted Obama for suggesting that the image should be controversial.
“We think it is wrong for the Obama campaign to say that this is divisive photo,” he said. “It’s not a divisive photo.”
Politico Finds the Truth
In 2011, responding to a New York Times poll that suggested Republicans believed Obama was born overseas, Politico decided to do some digging on the origins of such an idea. They found that the entire concept started with the Clinton campaign in 2008, with supporters looking for any way they could to stop Obama from winning the nomination.
“The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008,” an article by Ben Smith and Byron Tau reads. “At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama.”
Smith and Tau also found that the Clinton supporters began circulating an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship in the Spring of 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,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.
More Rumors Started by Clinton Staffers
Not only does this Slate article from 2008 address the Somali dress issue, but it reminds readers that staffers for Hillary’s campaign had begun circulating rumors that Obama was actually a Muslim.
“But the more fitting precedent was set by other Hillary Clinton staffers earlier in the campaign,” Slate reported, adding that two employees had been forced to resign “after they proliferated rumors that Obama was a Muslim.”
Former Democrat Senator Bob Kerrey
Clinton surrogate and former Senator Bob Kerrey took some heat during the 2008 campaign for calling Obama by his full name and following that up with suggestions that he is Muslim.
Kerrey’s comments led to Hardball’s Chris Matthews inadvertently admitting that Hillary had started the rumors that Obama was born in Indonesia. Watch …
Even MSNBC Acknowledged That Birtherism Started With Clinton
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted Hillary for having the audacity to denounce Trump for wavering on the ‘Obama as Muslim’ issue when everyone knew “it all started with her.”
Host Joe Scarborough called Clinton’s attack on Trump “rich,” saying, “For Hillary Clinton to come out and criticize anybody for spreading the rumors about Barack Obama, when it all started…”
“On 60 Minutes,” co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed, referring to an interview in which Clinton said Obama was a Christian “as far as I know.”
“It all started with her and her campaign passing things around in the Democratic primary; rich,” Scarborough continued. “Now, the Republicans are wrong for doing what they’re doing. This started with Hillary Clinton, and it was spread by the Clinton team in 2008.”
So there you have it.
Next time Clinton claims that President Obama is owed an apology over birthplace rumors because “there is no erasing it in history,” she would do well to look in the mirror.