Clinton Didn't Fire Up The Birther Movement--Clinton's Staffer Did
[Trump] is visiting African-American precincts and asking for votes with lines like this one: It used to be they made cars in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now they make cars in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint. That scares the daylights out of the Democrats, so what did they do? Suddenly, reporters on the campaign trail are desperate to talk about birtherism.Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle tweeted Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s former spokesman:
Why? Has something happened to make President Obama’s birthplace a campaign issue? No. They just want to change the subject. I wrote earlier today about how Trump snookered the campaign press corps into giving him free television time for endorsements by former military officers, when they hoped he would give a press conference on President Obama’s birthplace.
But that didn’t stop the press: the story was all about birtherism.
Actually, the first person to claim that Barack Obama was born overseas was Barack Obama. His own literary biography said, for, as I recall, 19 years, that he was born in Kenya.
But it appears to be true that later claims about Obama being ineligible for the presidency began with the Clinton campaign, contrary to the AP’s assertion. Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager, Patti Doyle, admitted today what has been long reported: that a “rogue” Clinton staffer spread the rumor during the 2008 primary campaign. The AP’s claim that there is “no evidence” of involvement by the Clinton campaign is simply false. [UPDATE: The appalling Sid Blumenthal, one of Hillary’s closest confidantes, was spreading the Kenya rumor too.]
“@AriFleischer I fired the rouge [sic] [who sent the birther email] & I called [Mr. Obama’s campaign manager] @davidplouffe to apologize 4 said rouge.”And we all know how emails live forever (even Hillary's deleted ones) and get sent 'round the world, true or not, right?
Ms. Doyle appeared about an hour later on CNN with Wolf Blitzer to address the issue once again. She denied that Hillary Clinton had started the birther theory — then admitted that someone in the Clinton campaign had, in fact, been involved.
“There was a volunteer coordinator, I believe, in late 2007, I believe, in December, one of our volunteer coordinators in one of the counties in Iowa — I don’t recall whether they were an actual paid staffer, but they did forward an email that promoted the conspiracy,” Ms. Doyle said.
Jason Miller, a senior [Trump] communications adviser, said in a statement: “Not only was a Clinton campaign worker blamed and fired over the activity, we have now been informed that Secretary Clinton was aware of what was going on, with Clinton’s campaign manager even apologizing to Obama’s campaign manager.”"Alt-left" website Politico states arrogantly that only "some Clinton supporters circulated rumors about Obama’s citizenship, [that] the campaign and Clinton herself never trafficked in it." Funny: Sid Blumenthal, one of Hillary's closest friends and confidantes, and Mark Penn, Clinton's chief strategist at the time, were just "some supporters"?
Penn's memo includes these lines:
[Obama's] roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited...How could we give some life to this contrast [between Obama and Hillary] without turning negative: Every speech should contain the line that you [Hillary] were born in the middle of America...Let's explicitly 'own' American in our programs, the speeches and the values. He doesn't."See how stupid the Alt-Left media and Hillary think you are? They think you can't find and read the truth they want to cover up, for yourself.
Trump was very wrong in promoting the birther conspiracy. Waaayyy wrong. "Huuuge" negative for him. But he backed down from it, awhile ago actually, and publicly just disavowed it. Hillary doesn't usually get quoted because she holds the press at 4-football-fields-length and has lately had her surrogates do most of her talking for her.
Yes, they fired that coordinator in Iowa in 2008. But the damage had been done.
Some are claiming that "every fact-checker" has found all this untrue. Guess they don't read Powerline or believe Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager, Patti Doyle. Alt-left Politico's crowing it was actually some unknown guy in Illinois who started it all, in 2004, before any of us even knew who Obama was. That got so much traction (NOT). We never heard about it or that guy, till now. I mean, really? Think how long and how far Politico had to dig to find this guy as their alt-scapegoat. They had to, to defend Hillary, because when an email comes out from a campaign coordinator, no matter how low on the ladder, the world wonders, "They must really know something. They're inside the campaign. They must have been told something from up high."
Even if it might not be true, and in this case wasn't true, that is what people will think. And that is what Hillary did nothing at the time to stop people from thinking.
If you have even the slightest mistrust of Hillary, do you doubt for a second that she would allow such false dirt to be spread about her 2008 opponent, the first anyone to dare to not only stand up and in her way of winning her coveted prize but to actually snatch it away from her when she was about to be crowned? You can google the routine temper tantrums and tirades of Hillary and read all about that for yourselves. She had to have been spitting nails for months, and would have crucified Obama if she could have, the way she said she'd crucify Gennifer Flowers.
Hillary holds no quarter for anyone standing in her way, and Obama was the only one ever to succeed at that. Think about that a moment. The only reason she's promising to uphold his "policies" is because she'll lose the black American vote without his stumping fake-enthusastically for her. And do you actually believe for a nanosecond that Obama believes that she will be a better President than himself? I got swampland in Florida for you to buy.
It's a devil's bargain they've made:
HRC: You help me win the election and I won't erase your "legacy" from the face of the earth.Does it matter who initiated that conversation? But you know it happened. They abhor each other. They both cottoned to the old adage, something I've never been able to do: "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer."
BHO: I'll help you win the black vote, the all-minorities vote, and you and Bill will call off your "dogs" against me forever and keep in place everything I've done.
Don't let the optics fool you. They're still enemies.