February 25, 2016

On This Day Eight Years Ago: Clinton’s “Most Shameful” Smear

This year Clinton’s campaign has been marked by ever increasing negative attacks against Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s history of nasty, negative campaign is nothing new though.

Eight years ago today, February 25th, 2008, the Democratic primary was convulsed by one of the biggest scandals of the entire presidential race. That was the day that the Drudge Report made public that “Clinton staffers” were circulating a photo from 2006 that showed then-Senator Obama “dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.”

The Obama campaign took this as a sign that Clinton’s campaign was “feeding into false claims on US websites that he is a Muslim.” Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe strongly condemned Clinton’s attack, saying it highlighted “the kind of divisive politics” Americans had come to expect from the Clintons:

“Plouffe said in a statement: ‘On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,’ said Plouffe.”

On the eight-year anniversary of this sad chapter in Clinton’s political history Clinton is running against a different senator for the Democratic nomination for president. Yet what has stayed the same is that the Clinton machine will do or say anything if it serves their political purposes.