On the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed claims that it was her and her campaign that started the rumor that then-Senator Barack Obama was a secret Muslim who was not born in America.
"That is so ludicrous," Clinton said about the accusation. "It’s totally untrue and the President and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that. This is such a bad example of what’s wrong with instantaneous reactions and Americans getting all worked up and people feeding prejudice and paranoia like Donald Trump. Obviously, we have to stand against it. I have been blamed for nearly everything, but that was a new one."
DON LEMON: That’s right. So then you know what’s going on. I have to ask you this question, because I’m sure it’s something that you thought that had been handled in 2007/2008, but with Donald Trump and with Ben Carson over and over again saying these things about Muslims, about the President’s birthplace. This week people have been saying on air here, and I’ve been reporting it on CNN, and I’ve been reporting it here, that you were the person behind the birther, or the whole birther thing, and that you were, the President was Senator at the time, President Elect, actually confronted you about that. Do you care to respond to that? Did you or your campaign start the whole birther thing? And did you have a confrontation with the President?
HILLARY CLINTON: That is – no. That is so ludicrous, Don. You know, honestly, I just believe that, first of all, it’s totally untrue, and secondly, you know, the President and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that. You know, this is such a bad example of what’s wrong with, you know, instantaneous reactions and Americans getting all worked up and people feeding prejudice and paranoia like Donald Trump. And obviously all of us have to stand against it. And, you know, I have been blamed for nearly everything, that was a new one to me, but you know, I’ll just keep going and talking about what I want to do to get income risings and making college affordable and making all of the positive changes that we have to be worried about.