What do you call these 2008 Hillary comments re: Obama being a Muslim?

From here:

You don’t believe that Senator Obama’s a Muslim?” Kroft asked.

Of course not. I mean, that’s, you know, there is no basis for that. You know, I take him on the basis of what he says. And, you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that,” she answered.

“You said you’d take Senator Obama at his word that he’s not a Muslim. You don’t believe that he’s a Muslim?” Kroft said.

“No. No, there is nothing to base that on,” Clinton said, adding, “As far as I know.”

I understand that in this video she’s not saying Obama was born outside of the United States but she does hint that there may be information out there that would proved Obama is a Muslim.

And let’s not pretend that this isn’t double speak.  If she’s hinting that it’s possible that he might be a Muslim that’s code for saying that he’s not American.

She’s not going full birther here but this is not great language.  Of course the giant cheese doodle Trump is taking these statements and exaggerating them into ‘she started the birther’ controversy because that’s what he does but if she hadn’t participated in this exchange Trump wouldn’t have been right there to latch onto it.


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