During Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign Patti Solis Doyle was her campaign manager. This past Friday Doyle came back into the spotlight when she admitted that a campaign staffer from 2008 had actually participated in circulating the Birther conspiracy theory concerning the then Senator Barack Obama. The Birther theory is something that Donald Trump has largely been castigated for promoting. Turns out, Hillary was playing the same game.
Under the Birther theory many people believe President Obama was not born inside the United States. The former campaign manager admitted to this on Twitter when she responded to Ari Fleischer whose a spokesman for George W. Bush. Fleischer accused Doyle of spreading the Birther rumor while Doyle eventually admitted she fired the staffer who actually did spread the rumors.
No, @AriFleischer, it is not. The one rogue staffer who sent an email was fired pretty damn quick.
This is a lie. https://t.co/Js93dkSVdW
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) September 16, 2016
Doyle went on CNN to speak with Wolf Blitzer about it. Read the interview exchange here,
“Blitzer: Someone supporting Hillary Clinton was trying to promote this so-called Birther issue? What happened?
Doyle: So we — absolutely, the campaign nor Hillary did not start the Birther movement, period, end of story there. 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.
Blitzer: The Birther conspiracy?
Doyle: Yeah, Hillary made the decision immediately to let that person go. We let that person go. And it was so, beyond the pale, Wolf, and so not worthy of the kind of campaign that certainly Hillary wanted to run.”
It has always been Hillary supporters that have been the true heart of the Birther movement. Yet, it is always conservatives who receive flack for endorsing such a theory. Their is nothing more liberal than doing something oneself and then passing the back and trying to make someone else take responsibility. Clinton did the dirty work by spreading the Birther rumors and now she is letting people like Donald Trump take the fall. #liberallogic