Is This Proof Hillary Started the Obama “Birther” Conspiracy?
Donald Trump made news the other day when he used the ‘birther’ scandal as a hook to get the press to cover ringing endorsements from many military Generals and other luminaries. But, at the end of the press conference, he made a quick statement that while he finished the birther scandal, it was the Clinton Presidential campaign of 2008 that started it in the first place.
According to Breitbart:
David Goldstein of McClatchy reports on two supporters of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama who pushed the false “birther” narrative that Obama was born in Kenya. One of the supporters was Clinton’s longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal who pitched the story to McClatchy’s former Washington Bureau Chief James Asher.
Meanwhile, former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher tweeted Friday that Blumenthal had “told me in person” that Obama was born in Kenya.
“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.
“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.
“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”
It’s interesting how so much of the Clinton campaign is built around accusing others of what they are most guilty of. It seems irrefutable that the Clinton campaign has started the birther scandal, and by Mr. Trump relentlessly pursuing it, he was able to get Barack Obama to issue a birth certificate to effectively put the matter to rest.
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