The news media likes to paint the GOP as crazed opposition to Barack Obama.
But the attacks on Obama’s Muslim background didn’t start with Republicans.
And now there is definite proof that the allegations that Obama was a Muslim born in Kenya originated with Hillary Clinton and her supporters.
During the contentious 2008 Democrat primary, Hillary Clinton’s team grew desperate as a nomination, which they believed was hers by birthright, slipped away.
As a result, her team polled attacking Obama on his Muslim background and past admissions of using cocaine.
WikiLeaks released emails obtained from campaign chairman John Podesta that demonstrates Hillary Clinton’s campaign was the first to “go there’ on Obama being a coke sniffing Muslim.
“In an email on January 18, 2008, Kristi Fuksa of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner research company shared a power point presentation with John Podesta and several advisers.
“Obama is not patriotic enough to be our president. His father was a Muslim and he grew up in the world’s most populated Islamic country,” read the question for voters. “At a recent public event he didn’t cover his heart during the national anthem and he has also recently stopped wearing an American flag pin…
…Prior to the poll, the group discussed adding negative Obama points into the survey.
“We’ve reworked the Obama message into the survey, as requested. But on the list of negative facts we need to cut ONE since we separated out gay adoption and his use of cocaine,” wrote Fuksa.
Begala insisted that Obama’s cocaine use needed to be isolated.
“I think gay adoption belongs with the ‘liberal’ hit on Obama, but ‘a little blow’ does not,” he wrote. “‘A little blow’ needs to be tested on its own.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign used the cocaine attack against Obama in December of 2007, as Clinton strategist Mark Penn spoke about in on MSNBC. Clinton herself, apologized to Obama to reduce the damage to her campaign.
In February 2008, the photo of Obama dressed in Muslim garb was published by the Drudge Report. Obama campaign officials blamed the Clinton campaign.”
The birther story – the claim that Obama was ineligible to be President – also originated with Hillary Clinton supporters.
A 2011 Politico article reports:
“If you haven’t been trolling the fever swamps of online conspiracy sites or opening those emails from Uncle Larry, you may well wonder: Where did this idea come from? Who started it? And is there a grain of truth there?
The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008. At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama…
…That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.”
The Clintons will do anything to obtain power.
Her campaign was the originator of the attack on Obama that he was Muslim.
And her supporters pushed the birther theory.
The media’s shameful rewriting of history in 2016 to blame this all on Donald Trump and the Republican Party is but one reason fewer Americans trust the press.