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Clinton Falsely Claims No Role In Birther Controversy

- September 23, 2015

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Today, Clinton Claimed Accusations That Her Campaign Was Behind The Birther Movement Are "Totally Untrue." DON LEMON: "This week people have been saying on-air here, and I have been reporting it on CNN, and I have been reporting it here. That you were the person behind the whole birther thing and that the President was Senator at the time, President-elect actually confronted you about that. Do you care to respond, did you or your campaign start the whole birther thing? And did you have a confrontation with the President?" HILLARY CLINTON: "No, that is so ludicrous Don. You know, honestly, I just believe that, first of all its totally untrue and secondly the President and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that. This is such a bad example of what is wrong with 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. You know, I have been blamed for nearly everything, that was a new one to me, but you know, I will just keep going and talking about what I want to do to get incomes rising and making college affordable and making all of the positive changes that we have to be worried about." (Hillary Clinton, "Tom Joyner Show," 9/23/15)

But In 2008, The Obama Campaign Said Otherwise

In 2008, Obama's Campaign Accused Hillary Clinton Of Circulating A Photo Of Obama In Muslim Attire. "Barack Obama's campaign accused Hillary Clinton's team Monday of circulating a photo of the Illinois senator donning traditional attire - clothing worn by area Muslims - as a goodwill gesture during an overseas trip." (Rebecca Sinderbrand, "Obama Camp Slams Clinton Team On Controversial Photo," CNN, 2/25/08)

  • Obama's Campaign Manager, David Plouffe Said That By Circulating The Photo, Clinton's Campaign Was Engaged in "Shameful, Offensive Fear-Mongering." "The picture, which appeared on the Drudge Report this morning, was attributed to sources within the Clinton campaign - although the Web site did not reveal how many, or who, might have received the photo. In a statement, Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, said Clinton's campaign was engaged in 'shameful, offensive fear-mongering,' though he did not point to any proof beyond the original item that appeared on Matt Drudge's blog." (Rebecca Sinderbrand, "Obama Camp Slams Clinton Team On Controversial Photo," CNN, 2/25/08)

The Picture Was Taken When Then Sen. Obama Was Visiting His Fathers Homeland Of Kenya. "The picture was taken when Obama went on a visit to Africa as a senator. Obama, whose father was Kenyan, visited Wajir in the Kenyan north-east, close to the Somali and Ethiopian borders, and was dressed by locals as a Somali elder." (Ewen MacAskill, "Clinton Aides Claim Obama Photo Wasn't Intended As A Smear," The Guardian, 2/25/08)

Volunteers Left The Clinton Campaign Over The Smears

"Clinton Volunteers Left Her Campaign" Due To Emails That Were Circulated That Claimed Obama Was A Muslim. "Earlier this year, some Clinton volunteers left her campaign in those states after circulating e-mails that falsely claimed Barack Obama was a Muslim - an inaccurate rumor his campaign has worked hard to dispel - and suggesting that his drug use as a young man might make him vulnerable to Republican attacks were he to become the nominee." (Rebecca Sinderbrand, "Obama Camp Slams Clinton Team On Controversial Photo," CNN, 2/25/08)

This Week, John Heilemann Confirmed That Clinton's 2008 Campaign Began The Rumors

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