The media has spent the last couple hours trying to pretend that the birther rumors didn’t come from the Clinton campaign back in 2008. The only problem is, it’s a complete lie, as you can see from this memo from Hillary’s chief strategist during that campaign, Mark Penn.





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So much for having nothing to do with painting Obama as un-American foreigner, huh Hillary? Oh, and this isn’t the only evidence, either. Even if you want to try to claim the Clinton team never explicitly started the birther bullshit, like this article does, you still have to admit that it came from her supporters. I guess that’s not too surprising after reading the memo above, which came straight from Mark Penn.

John Avlon, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast, explored the roots of the birther movement in his book  Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America. Avlon described a posting on the PUMA website with the heading “Obama May Be Illegal to Be Elected President!” He wrote that a Clinton volunteer in Texas, Linda Starr, played a key role in spreading the rumor.

Starr connected with Pennsylvania attorney Philip Berg in August and Berg followed up by suing in federal court to block Obama’s nomination. The suit was thrown out repeatedly on the grounds that Berg lacked standing and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately refused to hear his appeal.

Keep lying, media. It’s finally catching up to you and your irrelevance is being accelerated by Donald Trump’s meteoric rise.