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    #HRCOriginalBirther: Did Hillary Advisor Sid Blumenthal Start Birther Movement?

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    Social media erupted on Friday night after the former DC-Bureau Chief of McClatchy News spoke out about Hillary Clinton’s campaign originating the "birther" claims about whether President Barack Obama was really born in the United States long before Donald Trump trafficked the idea.

    On Friday, Republican nominee Donald Trump put one conspiracy theory to rest by saying, at long last, that "President Obama was born in the United States, period" – a statement for which he was immediately eviscerated by the Left for making despite Democrats long demanding that Trump just admit that the American President was born in the country.

    Yet, it was a statement that he made subsequently that led to the emergence of Hillary’s own dark history in trafficking in racist mythologies when he blasted Clinton for originating the theory during her 2008 Democratic primary campaign against then US Senator Barack Obama. 

    The Trump campaign cited a memo by her strategist questioning Obama’s “American roots” and smear images of President Obama designed to suggest that he was a Muslim rather than a Christian, but while these campaign motifs were definitely laced in racial bigotry it was easy enough for the Clinton campaign to discard them as remarks by volunteers or secondary staff and that these images and remarks did not question specifically where the US President was born.

    But then like a hammer the Clinton narrative faded into blackness when former DC Bureau Chief of the McClatchy News Service James Asher began Tweeting at Hillary that Sidney Blumenthal had told him in person that President Obama was born in Kenya during the 2008 race.

    Clinton’s campaign refused to comment on the matter and Blumenthal, known as Hillary’s top advisor during her time at the State Department said in a comment to the Boston Globe about Asher’s accusation – "This is false. Period."

    However, in an email statement to McClatchy, James Asher explains that upon meeting with Blumenthal, he dispatched a reporter to Kenya to research the claim made by the controversial Democratic operative who had previously been best known for spreading rumors that Monica Lewinsky had stalked Bill Clinton.

    "During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.," said Asher. "During the 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 Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false."

    Not only was Sidney Blumenthal trafficking the story to the major investigative news outlet, but Clinton’s former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle admitted on CNN on Friday that an Iowa campaign worker for Hillary’s 2008 campaign had passed along emails about the birther conspiracy, but was subsequently fired. The Clinton campaign had long argued that while that content originated in the campaign, that the issuance of it to campaign staffers was a "rogue" and unauthorized act.

    The revelations regarding Sidney Blumenthal, however, open a new chapter in the questionable history that Hillary has regarding matters of race including the phrases "super predator," "bring them to heel," and her husband Bill Clinton suggesting that a few years ago this guy (Obama) would have been getting us drinks suggesting the President’s race made him only qualified to be a servant. Social media also remains fixated on Clinton saying that former KKK leader Robert Byrd was her political mentor.

    Despite the growing concerns about the Democratic nominee’s own history of race relations, Clinton blasted Trump over the issue of birtherism on Friday saying that "For five years, he led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black President. His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie."

    Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, it appears that her own 2008 campaign was predicated upon the same lie with Mark Penn’s memo emphasizing, while her right-hand man Sidney Blumenthal bandied around racist theories, that "every speech should contain the line that you were born in the middle of America."

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