Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted by CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday for starting the rumor that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Appearing with Lemon on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Clinton responded, “No, that’s so ludicrous.”
She called the rumor another “bad example of what’s wrong with the instantaneous reactions and Americans getting all worked up and people feeding prejudice and paranoia like Donald Trump.”
On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the “official historian” for the 2008 presidential campaign and co-author of “Game Change,” John Heilemann affirmed that Hillary Clinton’s team started circulating the the rumors that Obama was a Muslim during the 2008 Democratic primary. (RELATED: ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Blast Hillary Clinton For Starting Rumors That Obama Is A Muslim)
Read the transcript here:
Don Lemon: 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 … whole birther thing, and that … the president-elect actually confronted you about that. Do you care to respond? Did you … or your campaign start the whole birther thing? And did you have a confrontation with the president?
Hillary Clinton: “That is so — no, that’s so ludicrous, Don. You know, honestly, I just believe — first of all, it’s totally untrue. And secondly, the president and I have never had any confrontation like that. You know, this is such a bad example of what’s wrong with the 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. You know, I have been blamed for nearly everything. That was a new one to me, but you know, I will just keep going and talking about what I want to do to get incomes rising and making college affordable and making all the positive changes that we have to be worried about.