The Trumpists have been trying to backstop their lie that Hillary started the birthers by saying that Patti Solis Doyle “even ADMITTED” as much when she said the campaign fired ONE VOLUNTEER who forwarded an email that WAS NOT ABOUT Obama’s birthplace. Or, as fat fucking liar Chris Christie puts it, Hillary Clinton injected the issue “in a very direct way” (transcript here):
Even when Tapper called Trump for being a horrible, obvious liar, Christie stuck with it (transcript here):
It turns out that Christie and Trump are worse liars than previously believed, because while Solis Doyle did say the campaign fired a volunteer who forwarded an offensive email, that email wasn’t actually about then-Senator Obama’s birthplace at all, and even more to the point, the first time an actual Clinton campaign staffer saw the email, his reaction was this:
From: Ryan Callanan
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject: RE: Meet Barack Obama]
I’ve gotten this forward before. It’s racist and ignorant. I can’t believe that people believe this stuff.
The Trump campaign also likes to point to an internal memo from strategist Mark Penn, one which was never acted upon, that suggested Obama’s worldly and diverse image could be used against him by highlighting Hillary’s American roots. What hasn’t been reported much is that the memo in question actually says this:
We are never going to say anything about his background.
That’s about as open and shut as it gets. Unfortunately, Trump surrogates are good at sticking to their lies long enough for interviewers to simply run out of time to call them out on them.