Of late Birthers have tried to deflect accusations of their being racist in two ways. First, they have tried to call Obama supporters, particularly the “Obots” racist. One commenter on this blog said:
The following Israeli science authority defies the RACIST OBOT’S attempts at proving an un-provable accumulation of distorted BC facts.
Face it Obots… you are all; RACIST. anti-American, anti free markets, ignoramuses.
The other deflection of criticism is to blame the left for the birther movement, and we see this often on Twitter and even from more mainstream sources, for example:
The birther movement originated with anonymous e-mails from Hillary Clinton supporters. Although Hillary dropped out of the race, others soon picked up the birther cause, and for more than four years, Americans have been hearing endless allegations about Obama’s alleged ineligibility to serve as president, and now the birther movement is turning to smear Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, etc.
That’s not true. The birther movement started at the right-wing Free Republic forum. Yes, Clinton supporters were early adopters of birther rumors, most of whom fell away after one of them found the newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth in Honolulu newspapers, but they didn’t originate them.
- The Secret Origin of the Birthers by Loren Collins