Quick—someone let Chris Christie (and the entire Republican party, for that matter) know that fact-checking is an actual thing, and their rapid-fire, blatant, calculated lies aren’t doing them, or their floundering party, any favors.
On Sunday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of the many Republican candidates who fell under the blunt sword of Donald Trump, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. And, in what is an impressive feat, even for a Republican, Christie managed to serve up two giant birther whoppers in less than 30 seconds.
And these are whoppers that he expects the American people to eat without question. Christie began with the desperate claim that the “birther issue” was first raised and asserted by the Clinton campaign, using the timeless move known by parents the world over as “SHE STARTED IT.”
“It was a contentious issue, and, by the way, an issue that Patti Solis Doyle of the Clinton campaign in 2008 has recently admitted that it was an issue that Mrs. Clinton also injected into her campaign in 2008 in a very quiet, but direct way against then-Senator Obama.”
Pants On Fire!
No, Chris Christie. We know you are terrified of Donald Trump, but here—we will help you out.
Solis Doyle actually said the following, in regards to the “birther movement” so enthusiastically embraced, pushed, perpetuated and spun by a racist, hysterical reality star who someone found himself as the GOP nominee for president:
“The campaign, nor Hillary, did not start the birther movement. Period. End of the story. There was a volunteer coordinator, I believe in late 2007, I think in December. One of our volunteer coordinators in one of the counties in Iowa, I don’t recall whether they were an actual a paid staffer, but they did forward an email that promoted the conspiracy.”
Furthermore, the person who forwarded that email was dismissed immediately because, even though Obama was her direct competition, Clinton and her campaign realized that pushing a cheap, desperate, racially-motivated conspiracy theory was beneath them.
What Actually Happened With The Clinton Campaign
Not everyone likes whoppers as much as Chris Christie.
“[…]Hillary made the decision immediately to let that person go. We let that person go, and it was so, you know, beyond the pale, Wolf, and you know, so not worthy the kind of campaign that certainly Hillary wanted to run or that we as a staff wanted to run that I called David Plouffe, who was obviously managing Barack Obama’s campaign in ’07, to apologize and basically say this is not coming from us.”
But why let facts stop a Republican? It never has before. And so, after Chris Christie threw that whopper down, he quickly followed it with a second, just as egregious.
Chris Christie Serves Up Whopper #2
Tapper stated – truthfully – that Trump kept the absurd birther issue up for five years after President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April of 2011.
“It’s just not true that he kept it up for five years. It’s simply not true. It wasn’t like he was talking about it on a regular basis until then, and when the issue was raised he made very clear the other day what his position is.”
Just A Few Examples For Christ Christie
But CNN kindly gathered up just a few examples of what Trump said after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate. And again, these are just some examples.
— “He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said … He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia … Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her, she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”
— “A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate. … Many people do not think it was authentic. His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And frankly if you would report it accurately I think you’d probably get better ratings than you’re getting.”
— An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.
— “Was it a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows.”
– “How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died in plane crash today. All others lived.”
— “Well, I don’t know — did he do it? … Well, a lot of people don’t agree with you and a lot of people feel it wasn’t a proper certificate.”
— “There are three things that could happen. And one of them did happen. He was perhaps born in Kenya. Very simple, OK? He was perhaps born in this country. But said he was born in Kenya because if you say you were born in Kenya, you got aid and you got into colleges. People were doing that. So perhaps he was born in this country, and that has a very big chance. Or, you know, who knows?”
— “Who knows about Obama? … Who knows, who knows? Who cares right now?… I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I will write a book, I will do another book, and it will do very successfully.”
See For Yourself
Gee, sounds exactly like Trump did talk about Barack Obama’s birth certificate on a pretty regular basis, Chris Christie.
The Republican party has no shame. Watch Chris Christie lay out his two giant whoppers in the video below.