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Donald Trump claimed Friday that Hillary Clinton and her campaign ‘started the birther controversy’
Former McClatchy newspapers D.C. bureau chief claims Clinton pal Sidney Blumenthal peddled the rumor to him in person
Former 2008 campaign manager acknowledged Friday that a state ‘volunteer coordinator’ got fired for forwarding an email about the birther conspiracy
Said the campaign ‘let that person go’
No evidence has emerged that the Clinton’s 2008 campaign deliberately promoted or started the attack
Trump for the first time Friday said that President Obama was born in the United States
The provenance and early promotion of the birther movement came in for new scrutiny Friday as a reporter accused longtime Hillary Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal of spreading the malicious rumor during the 2008 campaign, just as Donald Trump finally renounced the conspiracy about President Obama Friday.
Trump kicked off a new examination of the myth when he stated Friday that Clinton and her campaign ‘started the birther controversy’ – which Trump himself fanned for years before finally stating Friday that President Obama was born in the U.S.
It’s a position at odds with what fact-checkers have found: that the myth got spread by die-hard Clinton supporters, but not by the campaign itself.
Late Thursday night, former McClatchy newspapers Washington bureau chief James Asher wrote on Twitter that longtime Hillary Clinton friend and advisor Sidney Blumenthal peddled the rumor to him personally in his office.
‘#CNN says #Hillary team in 2008 never raised #birther issue. #SidBlumenthal, long-time buddy, told me in person #Obama born in #kenya,’ Asher wrote.
Asher wrote in another Tweet: ‘#CNN says #Hillary team in 2008 never raised #Obama’s birth in #Kenya. Who is closer to #HRC than #SidBlumenthal, who told me face-to-face.’
Then on Friday, former Clinton 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday that a low-level operative had forwarded an email questioning Obama’s U.S. citizenship during the campaign – but said the person got fired for it.
‘The campaign nor Hillary did not start the Birther movement, period, end of story there,’ she said.
‘There was a volunteer coordinator, I believe, in late 2007, I believe, in December, one of our volunteer coordinators in one of the counties in Iowa — I don’t recall whether they were an actual paid staffer, but they did forward an email that promoted the conspiracy,’ Doyle said.
The Clinton campaign did not provide immediate comment about the claim about Blumenthal.
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