While I try be an even-handed reporter of the things I cover on this web site, I think it would be futile for me to attempt to hide the fact that I have no respect at all for Donald Trump. Ted Cruz says that Trump lies every time he opens his mouth. That may be hyperbole, but Trump does seem to say pretty much anything he likes without regard for its accuracy. Imagine having a president of the United States who just makes stuff up, or gets his daily briefing from Internet conspiracy blogs. It’s not a pretty thought.
So Trump’s latest is again blaming Hillary Clinton for the birther movement. Trump said in an interview on CNN:
Do you know who started the birther movement? Do you know who questioned his birth certificate? One of the first, Hillary Clinton. She’s the one that started it, she brought it up years before it was brought up by me.
Whenever someone makes that claim, I ask when and where that happened. No one has an answer to that question. FactCheck.org investigated this story in 2015 and found no evidence linking Clinton or her campaign to the birthers.
I find a moral defect in someone who deflects criticism by saying that someone else is doing the same thing. I don’t think an accused serial killer ought to point to other serial killers as an extenuating circumstance. And in that vein, I don’t excuse Trump for blaming Clinton for the birthers just because Ted Cruz (“Lying Ted Cruz” according to Trump) said the same thing about Clinton in 2015.
But where do these crazy stories get started?