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  • Hillary: Why Blaming Me For Starting Obama-Birther Rumors Is ‘Ludicrous’

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton denied on Wednesday of being the inspiration for the so-called birther movement.

    Clinton contended in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show that she has had no part in the speculations about then-Sen. Barack Obama’s birthplace and also denied having been confronted by Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign about it.

    “That is so ludicrous,” Clinton said. “I just believe — first of all, it’s totally untrue. Secondly, the president and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that. You know, this is such a bad example of what’s wrong with, you know, instantaneous reactions and Americans getting all worked up and people feeding prejudice and paranoia like Donald Trump. And you know, obviously all of us have to stand against it.”

    “I have been blamed for nearly everything,” she added.  “That was a new one to me. I’ll just go on talking about what I want to do to get incomes rising and making college affordable and making all the positive changes we have to be worried about.”

    Hillary must have conveniently forgotten what her campaign did in 2008 out of desperation when Obama was on his way to winning the Democratic nominatioin:

    False rumours about Mr Obama’s background first surfaced in 2004, in Illinois, where he was a state senator. Andy Martin, a perennial local candidate and litigant, claimed Mr Obama was secretly Muslim.

    Related theories — including that he was radicalised in a “madrassa” in Indonesia — developed after Mr Obama entered the national stage with a speech to the Democratic National Convention later that year.

    In 2005, Mr Obama went to Washington as the junior US senator for Illinois. The rumours about him persisted, but seemingly failed to take hold among political insiders and voters alike.

    It was not until April 2008, at the height of the intensely bitter Democratic presidential primary process, that the touch paper was properly lit.

    An anonymous email circulated by supporters of Mrs Clinton, Mr Obama’s main rival for the party’s

    “Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy,” it said. “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.” Then in August 2008 Phil Berg, an ex-deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania and a renowned conspiracy theorist, filed a lawsuit alleging that Mr Obama was ineligible to be a candidate.

     


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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