Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Started the Whole Obama Birther Movement

Republicans want people to believe that Hillary Clinton started the Obama birther movement, but the Washington Post says um, no.

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Donald Trump, a longtime birther-turned-guy-who, at the very least, does not correct people when they express their own wackjob birther-esque views, is blaming the whole history of the birther movement on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Just remember, the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. She was all in!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015

The birther movement, as you may remember, was that thing where people tried to say that President Obama was born in Kenya. The whole thing should have ended when Obama released his longform birth certificate from Hawaii, a moment we like to call the presidential mic drop. 

But no, even now, we're still talking about it. Except Trump doesn't want to talk about it anymore, so he's trying to push it off on Hillary Clinton, dating back to when she was competing with Obama for the Democratic candidacy. Not so fast, big guy. 

Reports from The Washington Post and Politifact are both calling straight up B.S. on Trump's claim. 

From the Post, which labeled Trump's claim "wishful thinking."

"This is simply not true. Clinton's campaign, one of the most thoroughly dissected in modern history, never raised questions about the future president's citizenship. The idea that it did is based largely on a series of disconnected actions by supporters of Clinton, mostly in the months between Obama's reaction to the Jeremiah Wright story and the Democratic National Convention."

From Politifact, which gave the claim a "false" on its truth-o-meter (but did stop short of giving it a "pants on fire"):

"It’s an interesting bit of history that the birther movement appears to have begun with Democrats supporting Clinton and opposing Obama. But Trump, and others who have made this claim, neglect to mention that there is no direct tie to Clinton or her 2008 campaign.

For what it's worth (which is nothing) Ted Cruz has also said "The whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 against Barack Obama."


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