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Hardball Panel Crushes Jack Kingston's Lame Defense Of Trump's Birtherism

Jack Kingston, Trump surrogate, didn't get away with claiming Trump wasn't a birther but Hillary is.

Trump surrogate Jack Kingston stuck to the Trump/Republican script on birtherism. The script says "I know you are, but what am I?" They claim Donald Trump didn't depend on birtherism for his political rise, and that in "fact" Hillary Clinton started it in 2008 (she didn't).

Jack Kingston embellishes the script with a super secret Hillary Clinton campaign memo that he has read. No, really, he'll show it to you "later."

I wish to God I was making that up.

Joy Reid brought us back to reality:

“[Birtherism] is an article of faith among enough Republican-based voters and enough Trump supporters that I think Donald Trump doesn’t want to walk away from it. It’s the reason he’s popular with them. It rocketed him to the top of the pile among 17 Republican candidates for president and it has created and built his cult of personality.”

Katy Tur, (who'd better have her choice of jobs after this election -- after following Trump through the primaries and general election) concurred, based on her experience with him on the campaign trail, and in spite of Kingston's attempt to interrupt:

“Let me tell you what Donald Trump supporters tell me on the campaign trail often. They often say they believe he was born in Kenya, they often say they believe he’s a Muslim. Some of them go on to say he’s an undercover operative, a Manchurian candidate. That being said, Donald Trump has not backed away from this... let me finish this, Mr. Kingston... Donald Trump has not backed away from this because he’s never backed away from any statement on this campaign trail so far.”

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