Yesterday US Presidential candidate Donald Trump said that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., and by doing so he “finished a birther controversy” which he said was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it, I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again,” Trump said.
Previously Trump had questioned President Barack Obama’s refusal to publish his birth and school records. The so called ‘birther movement’ always maintained Obama was not born in the USA and thus was not legitimately elected President. Prior to his decision to run for president, Obama had often claimed to be Kenyan by birth. The man generally acknowledged as his biological father was in fact a Kenyan, which according to most interpretations of the US constitution would preclude Omana’s running for president. While the Snopes website, which risibly describes itself as a fact checker (according to Snopes, whatever Obama and the Democratic Party say is a fact is a fucking fact and if you question that very bad things are likely to happen to you and your loved ones OK.
Mainstream media, most prominently NBC and CNBC were very offended that Trump claimed Obama’s birtherism was started by Hillary. As NBC said, “Trump was wrong, however. Hillary Clinton did not start the birther argument. She never said it”, CNBC added that “Trump repeats false claim about Clinton 08 campaign.”
Luckily there is this thing called the internet which allows us to fact check and find precisely what was done and said, even in those long ago days of 2008. And here is the the answer, from a February 25, 2008 article written in the Guardian: “Clinton aides claim Obama photo wasn’t intended as a smear”
Barack Obama’s campaign team today accused Hillary Clinton’s beleaguered staff of mounting a desperate dirty tricks operation by circulating a picture of him in African dress, feeding into false claims on US websites that he is a Muslim.
Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, described it as “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election“. Obama has had to spend much of the campaign stressing he is a Christian not a Muslim and did not study at a madrassa.
Barack Obama – a Christian born in The USA? (Image source)
Lies and deception are the stock in trade of Democrat Politicians (and Snopes) of course, and the amount of shit that has attached itself to Obama and Hillary Clinton after hitting fans in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, and all around the world really, is really starting to stink as the election campaign hots up.
Wikileaks recently revealed this gem among hacked emails.
Obama’s Farewell – The World Breathes A Sigh Of Relief
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