Klavan On The Culture

Just Because Hillary's a Birther, That Doesn't Make Her Racist!

Okay, yes, Hillary Clinton’s people started the birther movement, raising unfounded suspicions that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and not the U.S. Sure, Hillary’s chief campaign strategist suggested in 2007 that Obama was “not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and his values,” and thought Hillary could emphasize that by making sure “every speech… contain the line that you were born in the middle of America.” And all right, the former editor of McClatchy says Clinton’s evil pet gnome Sidney Blumenthal urged him to investigate whether Obama was from Kenya.

But that in no way means Hillary Clinton is racist!

This is an old mainstream media trick. First, they accuse people of being racist if they do or say something that endangers their pet candidate, then they build that unproven assumption into their reporting as if it were an established fact. Thus, debate moderator Lester Holt felt free to ask Donald Trump (why Trump I’m not sure when Hillary was standing right there, but anyway…): “Mr. Trump, for five years you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black president was not a natural-born citizen.” By mentioning Obama’s blackness, Holt implied that Hillary’s birther creation was inherently racist.

But is it? Or was Holt being unfair to Hillary?

I say it’s unfair. The suggestion that Obama was born overseas is not a reaction to his skin color. It’s a reaction to the fact that he hates America. For 20 years — approximately a thousand Sundays — he attended a church where the pastor routinely damned America. When caught out, Obama said he’d never heard the pastor say this, but it was central to the pastor’s theology so Obama was almost certainly lying. Likewise, Obama became close to and launched his political career with an anti-American radical who committed a number of terrorist bombings and then remarked that he wished he had “done more.” Obama also lied about this close association.

When a man has so many anti-American ties that run so deep, and then lies about them, it’s perfectly reasonable to suspect that he’s hiding something about himself that’s, well, unAmerican.

Hillary’s birtherism is wrong — Obama was born here. But her sense that something is unAmerican about the president is completely understandable.

It’s time the mainstream media let Hillary off the hook!

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