Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski reignited the birther conspiracy theory last night — in his new job as a full-time political commentator on CNN.
While trying to defend his former boss from President Obama’s strong criticism earlier the same day, Lewandowski suggested Obama was hiding his birth place because he never released his Harvard transcripts, as Trump had once demanded of him.
When Angela Rye reminded him that Trump began attacking the president the president long before he became a presidential hopeful, most notoriously as a leader of the birther movement, Lewadownski tried turning the tables once again, digging up a years-old conspiracy.
“Did he ever release his transcripts from Harvard?” Lewandowski asked.
“You raised the issue. Did he, did he ever release his transcripts or his admission to Harvard University. You raised the issue, so just yes or no? The answer is no.”
Of course, any Trump surrogate should avoid talk of transcripts. Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking a traditional practice by presidential candidates since Watergate.
Rye had just two words to respond to Lewandowski: “Tax returns.”
But Lewandowski went on like a broken record. “Have those ever been released, and the question was did he get in as a U.S. citizen or was he brought into Harvard University as a citizen who wasn’t from this country?” he once again asked, as other members of the panels cringed, calling his accusations “blatantly disrespectful.”
“You think he’s Kenyan. You think he’s not from here!” Bakari Sellers responded.
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