Fox’s Doocy Falsely Claims Clinton Began Trump’s Birther Campaign, Despite Previously Tying Birtherism To Trump
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Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy blamed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign for starting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s years-long racist birther movement, throughout which he claimed that President Barack Obama may not have been born in the United States and therefore might not be an American citizen.
The claim that Clinton’s 2008 campaign started birtherism has been debunked, and in fact Doocy himself embraced the birther crusade in 2011 several times, crediting Trump for the conspiracy theory and eventually declaring that Trump “ultimately was right.”
From the September 26 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:
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BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): [Hillary Clinton has] got to stop [Donald Trump] in his tracks.
GERALDO RIVERA: She will, I believe, remind people about the birther nonsense. She will remind people about bankruptcies.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Which is ironic because her campaign started it.
RIVERA: Well, be that as it may, I think that that will be her weapon.