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Corruption fighter Andy Martin defends Donald Trump against an attack by Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly

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Andy Martin defends Donald Trump’s criticisms of Chicago and slams a Chicago alderman for attacking Trump

 

(CHICAGO) (October 5, 2016)

 

ANDY MARTIN

Adjunct Professor of Law

30 E. Huron Street, Suite 4406

Chicago, IL 60611-4723

Tel. (312) 440-4124

Web site: AndyMartin.com

E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com

Blog: ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com

 

 

October 5, 2016

 

Alderman Brendan Reilly

Suite 510

325 W. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Email: office@ward42chicago.com

 

Dear Alderman Reilly:

 

I am a conservative Republican who maintains a residence in your ward and generally agrees with all of Donald Trump’s criticisms of Chicago’s governance. I find your petty and childish attack on Trump more embarrassing to Chicago than Trump’s peccadilloes. Don’t you have something more important to do than trying to undo an honorary plaza? Are you auditioning for “corrupt ignoramus of the month on the city council?”

 

The City of New York also tried to retaliate against Trump and found that the Constitution precluded such petty retaliation. You are quite open about using city power to harass and retaliate against Trump because he has exercised his right to free speech and participated in the democratic process. Your behavior is flagrantly unconstitutional; but what do you know? Most members of the Chicago Council are incompetent lawyers. People don’t hold the city council in high regard, but you just dropped that body to a new low with your latest tactic.

 

Point One: Chicago is a mess. Taxes are high, services are deteriorating, and there is little hope in prospect. Cook County also has the highest taxes in the nation, and like Chicago wants to increase more taxes on residents of the city and county. You call this a record to run on? The Mike Madigan-led Democratic corruption in Springfield has made the State of Illinois a national basket case and laughingstock.

 

I don’t agree with everytign Trump says and indeed I am preparing a critical column about him for my blog.

 

But the idea that some low-life local politician would try to harass the man because of his free speech views is repugnant to me and any thinking citizen.

 

Point Two: Contrary to Democratic Party and NBC News propaganda, “stop and frisk” is not unconstitutional. One federal judge made such a claim, but she was removed from the case for bias. So the ruling has zero precedential value. The Soviet-style Mayor of New York, mired in his own corruption scandals, fixed the appeal to prevent a ruling that would have very possibly reversed the district judge and approved stop and frisk.

 

I have had a presence in this neighborhood for 45 years. I am working in Chicago on a full-time, short-term basis. I can assure you that until recently you never saw police on Michigan Avenue. You tell me security is improving. My eyes tell me the contrary. Who do you expect me to believe? You? Or my lying eyes?

 

Why don’t you devote some energy to fighting corruption in the city government and leave Mr. Trump alone? Can’t find any corruption in Chicago? Call me; I’ll show you where it is. Then you can actually do something useful to earn your salary.

 

Tens of millions of Americans agree with Trump about his criticism of this city. Jerks like you might create a backlash and trigger a tourist boycott. How would you like that?

 

I would urge you to revoke your proposed ordinance forthwith. If you actually plan to proceed with your idiocy with a hearing, I ask to be notified so I may appear and speak in defense of Trump and in opposition to your harebrained behavior.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Andy Martin

 

AM:sp

 

cc: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/reilly-moves-to-punish-trump-for-denigrating-chicago/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-donald-trump-honorary-way-remove-1006-chicago-inc-20161005-story.html

 

New citations after emailing:

 

 

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Huffington Post: Obama expert Andy Martin played a “pivotal role” in the 2008 presidential campaign

As Barack Obama slowly slips into history, Andy Martin’s “pivotal role” in American presidential history is slowly being acknowledged by leftists and, ultimately, by historians. In a new analysis of the “Birther” movement by the Huffington Post Andy is credited with creating the “rumor” that Barack Obama’s religious loyalty was questionable. Sam Stein writes that Andy’s TV appearance on Fox News “play(ed) a pivotal role in the campaign.” “What ‘leftists’ do not realize, however, is that their ‘rumors’ are in reality just troubling facts that Barack Obama has never clarified or refused to address. As Stein quotes Obama, Obama always has ‘better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do,’ because in his convoluted mind Obama has always been too high-minded and simply too good for the American people. We have always been beneath him. Respectfully, both I and the American people beg to disagree with President Obama,” says Andy. “I also predict that history will also find that Obama was a failed president. I predicted that outcome way back in 2007.”

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Andy Martin responds to an article in the Huffington Post calling Andy the de facto successor to Republican operative Lee Atwater

 

Andy says the “Birther” movement came into being because, as Barack Obama himself confirmed, Obama was a “different kind of candidate”

 

“I have no quarrel with Sam Stein’s recapitulation,” Andy says, “But Sam understates the extent to which Obama himself was the ‘First Birther’ and created the Birther movement”

 

 

(NEW YORK) (September 23, 2016) “Last week I conducted my ‘last Birther News Conference’ (please see link #1 below) and, absent extraordinary circumstances do not expect to hold another one,” says Andy Martin. “But Sam Stein’s story today in the Huffington Post (please see link #2 below) starts creating the actual leftist ‘history’ of what happened during the 2008 presidential campaign. So a gentle response is called for.

 

“The fundamental flaw in Stein’s article, as with all leftist writing, is that he does not recognize or admit that what the left calls ‘rumors’ are actually ‘facts’ or opinions that the left wants to pretend do not exist. Stein does mention the phony Kenyan ‘grandmother’ that Barack Obama created to confuse the media and to present a false family narrative, a false narrative that later boomeranged when Donald Trump exploited Obama’s own lie.

 

“Stein also places me in something of an aeropagus, as someone whose original research and honest reporting ‘would later play a pivotal role in the [2008 presidential] campaign.’ (please see link #2). Barack Obama was forced to launch a full, frontal attack on me personally, while trying to ignore the historical evidence I had unearthed. Obama’s effort failed. My ‘history’ will endure alongside his own.

 

“And Stein, of course, claims that I live in a ‘fever swamp.’ (I actually live in New Hampshire today.) Where are these ‘fever swamps?’ We need to know because according to the Huffington Post all Republicans and certainly all conservatives’ live in ‘fever swamps,’ en route to some day being placed in FEMA camps by an Obamaite president. I am tagged as the Left’s answer to question, ‘Who is Lee Atwater’s successor,’ as ‘Andy Martin, a dark arts Republican from Illinois who helped spread many of the rumors (facts?) about Obama’s origins.’

 

“Ironically, the reason I have endured as a symbol of the public’s continuing questions about Obama is that I never told a lie. I always maintained that Obama was born in Hawai’i, and I called out those who disagreed because they lacked probative evidence to sustain their own claims. My writing and my analysis have survived the scrutiny of history. Thus, untimely, Birtherism, despite its many branches (e.g., natural born citizen, place of birth, release of birth certificate) was not built on ‘rumors’ but on rock solid truth.

 

“I told the truth about Obama. The firestorm I created played ‘a pivotal role in the [2008 presidential] campaign.’ Unfortunately for them, and for him, Obama and his operatives are stuck with me as we ride off together into the historical sunset. I told the truth about Obama and the truth created doubts that spawned a movement that in Stein’s own admission ‘will likely never fully die.’

 

“While you can call what I do ‘dark arts,’ spinning the truth in a way that creates problems for the opposition has always been a legitimate part of American politics. I am proud of the role I played and continue to play as I analyze Hillary Clinton for a story next week.  I will no doubt be accused of playing a ‘pivotal role in the 2016 presidential] campaign.’

 

“It cannot be emphasized enough that I never said Obama was born anywhere but Hawai’i, which was why I particularly irritated the president. He loved to agitate his base with the more outrageous claims of less scrupulous Birthers. And while Sam says I live in a ‘fever swamp,’ at least its an honest fever swamp in contradistinction to the ‘Sanders swamps’ where Hillary Clintons’ own adherents reside today. (I am working in Illinois over the next few weeks, on a blockbuster analysis of Madame Hillary.)

 

Finally, if you read my Psychological Profile of Barack Obama, prepared in 2007, who today can disagree with my preliminary analysis and conclusions way back in 2007? (please see link #3) The CIA could not have done better job,” says Andy.

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

#1

 

https://contrariancommentary.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/new-york-news-conference-sunday-the-last-birther-news-conference/

 

#2

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barack-obama-birtherism_us_57e55a91e4b0e80b1ba1b470?section=&

 

#3

 

https://contrariancommentary.wordpress.com/2007/02/10/the-mask-of-barack-obama-a-psychological-profile/

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Chicago news conference: Corruption fighter Andy Martin documents once again that Senator Mark Kirk is complete military fraud, demands Kirk withdraw as candidate reelection

Beginning in the summer of 2009 (see many links below) corruption fighting independent Internet columnist and blogger Andy Martin exposed U. S. Senator Mark Kirk as a military fraud and mental case. Andy provided DOD records as well as exposing Kirk on live television in Chicago. Illinois’ corrupt, incompetent and completely gullible media published stories that Kirk had been “fighting” in Afghanistan. “Mark Kirk is more than a Walter Mitty,” Andy charges. “He has had serious mental problems all of his life. Most of his life is a lie. And, in 2016, perhaps hoping that I would stay silent, Kirk is recycling his 2010 lies that he was ‘deployed’ in war zones and ‘fought’ in wars and similar delusional claims.

“My complaints to the Department of Defense prompted an investigation that resulted in a warning to Kirk, to stop abusing his military uniform as a political prop. But Kirk goes on lying and posting ridiculous photos. In 2010 he pretended to be a fighter pilot. CNN caught him this week in full battle dress, another fabrication and delusion. Kirk says it was a ‘mistake.’ And yet the local media in Chicago keep protecting Kirk. What is wrong with this picture?

“I may be a prophet without honor in Chicago, but I am a prophet who deals in the truth based on hard facts and evidence. Chicago’s media are complicit in Kirk’s fraud. The local TV stations and newspapers are equally culpable as liars for promoting and broadcasting Kirk’s lies.

“I have been exposing crooked Illinois politics for half a century. That has to be some sort of record,” Andy says. Andy Moved to Manchester, NH in 2010 but he continues to maintain a corruption-fighting present in the Midwest.

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Announcement of Chicago news conference Thursday, September 22nd

 

September 22 Chicago news conference details:

 

Who:

 

National and New Hampshire corruption fighter and columnist/blogger Andy Martin

 

What:

 

Andy Martin exposes Mark Kirk’s military fraud, says Kirk has mental problems and calls on Kirk to withdraw as a candidate

 

Where:

 

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

 

When:

 

Thursday, September 22, 2015; 9:00 A.M. (promptly)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Andy Martin brings back to public view all of the evidence he created in 2009-2010 that caused the Department of Defense to warn Mark Kirk to stop using his military uniform for politics

 

Andy Martin says the gullible Chicago media published Kirk’s delusions that in 2008-2010 Kirk was “fighting” for “freedom” in Afghanistan

 

Andy Martin demands that Mark Kirk withdraw as a candidate for reelection because of Kirk’s pathological lying

 

(CHICAGO) (September 21, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting independent Internet columnist and blogger who has probably exposed more corruption and incompetence from Hawai’i to New Hampshire and points in between, will hold a Chicago news conference Thursday, September 22 to excoriate the Chicago media for shamelessly promoting Mark Kirk’s lies that Kirk has served in combat overseas.

 

Andy can be reached in Chicago at (312) 440-4124.

 

“At my prompting, the Department of Defense (DOD) opened an in investigation of Kirk and admonished him to stop playing politics with his imaginary ‘deployments’ overseas, when he was never deployed anywhere,” Andy charges. “DOD has stringent rules prohibiting members of congress from ever being placed in harm’s way. Kirk’s claim that he came under fire in Afghanistan was delusional. His claim that he was ‘fighting’ is nonsense. His claim he told General Stanley McChrystal how to fight the war in Afghanistan is delusional. What is wrong with Chicago media that they publish such delusional claims by Kirk?

 

“Over and over again Chicago media scorned me for telling the truth about Kirk’s lies and presenting evidence to confirm my claims, all while exalting Kirk as a military impresario.

 

“I call on Mark Kirk to withdraw as a candidate for reelection. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party. I would very much like to see a Republican U. S. Senate elected in November. But if the price of a Republican senate is having to reelect a liar and fraud, then that price is just too high.

 

“This week CNN caught Kirk lying all over again. Notably, it was out-of-town CNN that exposed Kirk, not the local Tribune or Sun-Times.

 

“In 2010 Kirk was wearing a pilot’s gear. This time Kirk posted a picture in full battle dress (see CNN link below).

 

“There are simply too many links I have generated showing Kirk is a fraud, so without categorizing them I placed all of them below. The top link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgKVBYvJ9mE&NR=1)

shows where I exposed Kirk on live television in Chicago (closing statements at the end). I also highlight the propaganda published by the Sun-Times and the ever gullible groupie Lynn Sweet (http://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times/20100108/281698315868119).

 

“The Tribune’s creepy Rick Pearson was another flack who promoted Kirk and tried to undermine the credibility of my evidence. Mike Riopell is also exposed as a local media idiot. I could go on but the trend is obvious. The links from 2009-2010 are there (see below).

 

“If we want to know why Illinois is a ‘failed state’ and why Chicago is dying, the fact that Chicago’s media have betrayed and corrupted their public trust and duty to present the truth, and instead promoted phonies like Kirk is bitter medicine to swallow.

 

“Kirk should step down. The firestorm generated by his latest lies is, belatedly, going to consume him. He has done so very much damage over the years.

 

“I also call on the Illinois Republican Party to denounce Kirk for his lies, the way they attacked me for exposing the truth about Kirk. The fact that the institutional party supported Kirk is a disgrace to honest and honorable politics. Enough. Kirk must go. And go now. I have more evidence and extensive files but I don’t have them handy, since they were archived long ago. But the DOD records can be retrieved directly from the Pentagon. They are public records.”

 

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

(watch “Closing Statement” for Kirk “blockbuster”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgKVBYvJ9mE&NR=1

 

https://andyforussenator.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/andy-martin-drops-new-%E2%80%9Cbunker-buster%E2%80%9D-ad-on-mark-kirk-kirk-inflates-his-military-service/

 

http://andyforussenator.blogspot.com/2010/01/mark-kirk-called-military-imposter.html

 

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/3192

 

Mike Riopell

 

While one of his Senate Republican opponents was attacking U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk in radio ads this holiday season, the five-term congressman and Naval Reserve officer was serving in Afghanistan. Kirk has now returned and will no doubt hit the media Thursday with his assessment of the Afghanistan war and President Barack Obama’s handling of the failed airline bombing on Christmas Day. This is the second time the Highland Park Republican has served a brief tour in the war-torn country as an intelligence officer. Last year, he also deployed to Afghanistan over the Christmas holidays, making him the first sitting congressman to serve in a war zone since World War II.

 

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=8&f=23&t=371604

 

http://defeatmarkkirk.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-york-andy-martin-explains-latest.html

 

http://www.markkirk.us/images/kirk_letter.pdf

 

http://defeatmarkkirk.blogspot.com/

 

http://defeatmarkkirk.blogspot.com/2010/06/andy-martin-mark-kirk-should-put-up-or.html

 

http://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times/20100108/281698315868119

 

same: http://minx.cc:1081/?post=200339

 

 

DeKalb Chronicle Kirk served in Haiti, Bosnia, etc.

 

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2009/08/07/kirk-says-experience-makes-him-choice-for-senator/a9gbfi7/

 

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/21/politics/mark-kirk-iraq-veteran-website/

 

http://capitolfax.com/2016/09/21/deja-vu-all-over-again-for-kirk-and-military-service/

 

http://nitpicker.blogspot.com/2005/08/jeans-lie-outs-fellow-republican.html

 

http://nitpicker.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-blumenthal-but-not-kirk.html

 

https://web.archive.org/web/*/kirkforsenate.com/coalition/veterans-for-kirk/

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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New York news conference Sunday: The “Last Birther News Conference”

Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement, will hold a New York news conference today, “The Last Birther News Conference.”

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Announcement of New York, NY news conference today, Sunday, September 18th

 

September 18 New York news conference details:

 

Who:                                                      

 

Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement

 

What:

 

Andy Martin says he will conduct “The Last Birther News Conference” today

 

Where:

 

Sidewalk in front of Forest Hills, NY Post Office, 10628 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (Andy is also available at 4:30 P.M. at LaGuardia Airport)

 

When:

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016; 3:00 P.M. (Forest Hills)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Andy Martin says he hopes he can conduct “The Last Birther News Conference” today

 

Andy Martin created the “Birther” movement and then walked away when the issue was taken over by crazies claiming Barack Obama was born in Kenya

 

“I have always stated unequivocally that Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i,” Andy says “The origin of the ‘Birther movement’ was not a so-called ‘Kenyan birth’ but rather my efforts to force the release of Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate”

 

(NEW YORK) (September 18, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting Internet columnist and blogger who first challenged Barack Obama’s family story in 2004 and later created the so-called “Birther” movement, will hold a New York news conference today to conduct what he hopes will be “The Last Birther News Conference.”

 

“Twelve years ago I started exposing President Barack Obama’s lies about his family history,” Andy states. “Did I expect to see Obama’s lies still being dissected in 2016? No. But as the person generally credited with raising the original doubts about Obama’s family history (please see link #1) I would like to ‘take control’ of the latest controversy to place the entire Birther matter in perspective.

 

“1. First, please allow me to explain my dual roles and how I tried to carefully separate them over the past 12 years. I am both a conservative political activist and operative on the one hand, and an independent scholarly researcher in Hawai’i and Illinois concerning President Obama on the other. I have tried to clearly delineate my roles as a political commentator and also as someone doing independent research in Hawai’i and Illinois concerning Mr. Obama. I try to separate my objective facts from my own investigative theories.

 

“2. Although some of my comments below may be seen as critical of Donald Trump, I fully intend to vote for him. I cannot stomach the greed and corruption of the Clinton Family and their liberal media sycophants.

 

“3. I wrote the original independent book on Obama, ‘Obama: The Man Behind The Mask.’ My book never mentioned terms ‘Birther’ or ‘Birtherism.’

 

“4. The terms Birther and Birtherism were invented by liberal media to smear and demean Obama’s political opponents.

 

“5. Birtherism has had three separate and distinct prongs: (a) Was Barack Obama a ‘Natural Born Citizen” as that term is contained in the U. S. Constitution? (b) Where was Obama born? (c) Why did he refuse to release his original, ‘long form’ Hawai’i birth certificate? Both the media and the public have intermixed these separate and distinct prongs under the catch-all label of ‘Birtherism.’ But the mixture itself has created much of the confusion and controversy.

 

“6. Donald Trump’s accusation is that Hillary Clinton ‘created’ Birtherism. Perhaps unbeknownst to Trump, there are two potential prongs to Clinton’s involvement: (a) Did she and her operatives (always used in combination) actually ‘create’ doubts about Obama’s origins? (b) Did Clinton propagate doubts about Obama’s origins during the 2008 campaign and thus ‘create’ the matter on a national scale?

 

“Did Clinton create the original Birtherism? Clearly not. Did her operatives help propagate existing public doubts about Obama and thus ‘create’ the national controversy by seeking to inject the doubts into the mainstream? Clearly she did.

 

“It is by now undisputed (please see link #2 below) that Clinton’s operatives, including one of her closest associates, Sid Blumenthal, sought to ‘sell’ stories about Obama’s questionable origins to the media during the 2008 presidential campaign.

 

“When Trump conflates spreading rumors about Obama with creating those rumors about Obama he is clearly mistaken. Clinton created the efforts to spread the rumors but she did not literally ‘create’ them. We need to maintain this distinction because of current media lies that Clinton did not ‘create’ the rumors when she was actually peddling the lies and ‘creating’ doubts in the mainstream media. The term ‘creation’ is mistakenly being used to describe two distinct activities. She clearly helped create the doubts in the national conversation.

 

“7. The greatest source of Birtherism and Birther confusion was Obama himself: (a) Obama never disavowed repeated claims in Kenya that he was born there; he easily could have and should have done so. (b) Obama used false narratives such as the existence of a ‘granny’ that was not his grandmother to confuse media and later conservative critics, until he later became caught up in his own lies; (c) Repeated claims by Michele and Obama that Kenya was ‘home’ were a wink and a nod to provoke Birther claims; (d) Obama falsely tried to claim that a ‘certificate of live birth’ he released in 2008 was in fact a copy of his original ‘birth certificate’ when that obviously was not true. (e) Obama made no effort to authorize release of or access to his actual birth certificate when it was obvious the lack of transparency was undermining his candidacy. BHO wanted to pretend he had an ordinary family history when clearly he did not.

 

“Obama’s tactics and theatrics have backfired on him and continue to fuel doubts however unfairly so. In the totality of the Birther controversy, the confusion was initially created and then repeatedly aided and abetted by Obama himself.

 

“8. My own role in Obama’s history began in 2004 and continues to this date. In August, 2004 I wrote the original exposition detailing Obama’s lies, please see link #3 below. My research in Illinois and Hawai’i generated considerable attention (please see link #4 below). Amazingly, although I was acting with only Obama’s lies as a starting point in 2004, all of my disclosures/accusations turned out to be correct or substantially correct.

 

“8. Donald Trump’s role has been to focus attention on the Obama story. Trump used his prominence as an NBC TV personality to raise doubts about Obama. Trump’s effort probably started out as an audience-building exercise in his mind, and not as a political attack, which is why he lied about sending ‘investigators’ to Hawai’i when that was clearly untrue.

 

“But Trump rattled Obama in a way that earlier critics such as myself had not. Trump had ‘network’ visibility, we did not. What was a dead issue by 2011 was revived by Trump. The issue has been disinterred once again in 2016.

 

“To give Trump some credit, it is clear that the distraction he created in 2011 ultimately forced BHO to release his long form certificate. Without Trump, there would have been no release of a birth certificate in 2011. That is undeniable.

 

“So why does the Birther controversy endure in the public’s mind?

 

“Neither I nor anyone else has apparently seen the actual, original Obama certificate, the typewritten version. That is why Obama continues to fuel doubts about his origins. Starting in 2007 Hawai’i officials have been totally uncooperative. The original birth certificate is clearly a historical document. Obama is a historical figure, love him or hate him. Most states would proudly display the document and, if needed, ask permission to do so. Instead, Hawai’i officials have actively fostered suspicions about the Obama certificate by refusing to permit any access to the original record.

 

“Hawai’i has done everything possible to obstruct access to the original. The original birth certificate has never been displayed and never been seen by anyone outside Obama’s circle. That is why a smattering of legitimate doubt exists. So while the libel media establishment ridicules doubts about BHO’s origins, these doubts among ordinary Americans will persist until the actual document itself is made public and placed on display.

 

“Efforts by liberal media to ridicule Americans who harbor these doubts have only exacerbated those doubts and helped energize Trump’s rise.

 

“As is so often the case with Mr. Trump, he had a legitimate argument to make (display the original to allay public doubts) but he refused to do the research and analysis to present a reasonable argument. Instead he made accusations which did not clearly delineate the information he was trying to waas Born in Haa’I but I wiuld stilllike to see theoriginal BG disoplaed and examienit for m present in 2011.

 

“The Bottom line:

 

“For myself, I have never doubted that Obama was born in Hawai’i.
“The original birth certificate has never been seen or displayed in public as a historical document, which is why doubts persist. Obama released a copy of the original in 2011.

 

“Hillary Clinton did not literally ‘create’ Birtherism. To the extent anyone can claim to have done so, I did. My Hawai’i lawsuit in 2008 seeking access to Obama’s original document created a firestorm of controversy, and interest, in just what Obama’s original document contained.

 

But Clinton and her operatives clearly tried in 2008 to fuel the Birther controversy by trying to focus media attention on Obama’s place of birth. Clinton’s Birther efforts clearly ‘created’ fuel for the fire. She mainstreamed the controversy, sotto voce. So Trump is partially wrong and partially right. Clinton does not have clean hands.

 

“The liberal media’s attempt to now label as ‘lies’ Trump’s claims about Clinton’s efforts through Blumenthal and others to ‘create’ doubts about Obama’s birthplace are despicable and nothing more than word play. The media are only fostering further suspicion about the media’s own corrupt loyalties.

 

“Clinton did not ‘create’ the doubts about Obama. But she clearly sought in 2008 to use existing concern about his origins to ‘create doubts’ about his legitimacy as a potential president. Obama knows that, which is why he has a problematic relationship with Clinton.

 

“To the extent she was a presidential candidate, Clinton’s credibility was used to ‘create’ those doubts about Obama’s birth in the mainstream media. It is not a ‘lie’ to make that claim. Trump is 50% correct.

 

“This should be The Last Birther News Conference. But it probably won’t be,” says Andy. “Obama added new fuel to the fire Saturday night. I have previously stated that both Obama and Clinton have been grievously wrong in believing the Birther controversy helps them. It harmed Obama, and it has harmed the nation, and it will not help Clinton during the presidential election.”

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Obama expert Andy Martin: “Birther” issue will almost certainly boomerang on Hillary Clinton

Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement and became Barack Obama’s first antagonist, says that toady’s attacks on Donald Trump are almost certain to backfire and benefit Trump. “Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will see their racial politics boomerang and benefit Trump,” Andy predicts. “The CBC and Clinton are engaged in shameless race-baiting and it is going to turn off undedcideds and Millennials. Trump closed the book today. Efforts by Clinton and her media sycophants to revive and reopen the issue are going to backfire.” Andy will hold a Saturday news conference in New York to further address the issue. After losing a congressional primary in New Hampshire earlier this week Andy has rejoined the national political conversation. Watch for his investigative reports on Clinton and Trump.

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Andy Martin says “Birther” issue may boomerang on Hillary Clinton and Congressional Black Caucus

 

Andy Martin created the “Birther” movement and then walked away when the issue was taken over by crazies claiming Barack Obama was born in Kenya

 

“I have always stated unequivocally that Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i,” Andy says “The origin of the ‘Birther movement’ was not a so-called ‘Kenyan birth’ but rather my efforts to force the release of Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate”

 

Andy says that efforts by the Congressional Black Caucus and Hillary Clinton to exploit the Birther issue are almost certainly going to boomerang on Clinton and benefit Trump

 

Andy plans to hold a news conference in Forest Hills, NY on Saturday morning (the 17th) to provide greater depth and detail

 

(NEW YORK) (September 16, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting Internet columnist and blogger who first challenged Barack Obama’s family story in 2004 and later created the so-called “Birther” movement says that today’s efforts by Hillary Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus to harass and harangue Donald Trump are almost certainly going to backfire and end up benefiting Trump. “You heard it here first,” Andy says.

 

“What Clinton is doing and what the liberal media is doing is going to boomerang on her and benefit Trump. She is trying to attract ‘swing’ voters. Will they really be impressed by a lecture from Charlie Rangel and other members of the CBC on the dead issue of Obama’s birth certificate? Very doubtful.”

 

Andy created the “Birther” movement in 2004 when he published his first expose on the misrepresentations Barack Obama had made about his family history. (Please see link #1 below). Andy knew of Barack Obama from Obama’s days in the Illinois State Senate and thus was in a unique position to research and investigate the man who eventually became president, please see link #2 below.

 

“The original Birther movement which I created was based on Obama‘s refusal to release his long-form birth certificate in 2008,” Andy says. “Obama had issued a computerized record, a certificate of live birth, but not the original document. I sued in Hawai’i to release the original document and the Birther movement was born out of my litigation and Internet columns.

 

“I always maintained Obama was born in Hawai’i. Later crazies took over the movement and proposed increasingly irrational and unfounded claims Obama was born in Kenya. I never supported those claims in any way.

 

“Nevertheless the Kenya theorists eventually took control of Birtherism and I walked away and disassociated myself. Donald Trump was a late arrival. He never sent anyone to Hawai’i and no doubt just took my own original research and used it himself. I have asked Trump to release his records and he never has.

 

“Nevertheless until this week the Birther issue was dead-as-a-door-nail until Clinton operatives decided they could use the issue to agitate their ‘base.’ But using Obama’s birth certificate is a desperate and counterproductive maneuver. Voters know Obama is not on the ballot. People are going to be turned off by the Clinton/CBC actions.

 

“Trump dealt with the matter as best he can, and today he finally closed the book. End of story.

 

“The ‘base’ Clinton is trying to agitate is not the base they are losing. So instead of benefiting Clinton, the latest effort to exploit Birtherism is almost certainly going to boomerang on Clinton and the CBC with independent voters and millennials.

 

“I will hold a news conference in Forest Hills, NY York Saturday morning to further detail my beliefs and conclusions.

 

“Ironically, the man who ultimately created the Birther movement was Obama himself. He and Michele would constantly drop hints that Kenya was ‘home.’ They never disavowed claims by Kenyan politicians that he had been born there. They falsely claimed that a ‘granny’ was his grand mother, even though she was senile and claims to have been present at Obama’s birth, which was obviously delusional. Obama fed the Birther movement because he has shamelessly use Birther catnip to irritate and frustrate the right. He is the real ‘founder’ of doubts about his origins.

 

“For myself, he never fooled me. I always believed Obama was 100% American born, even though his emotional and psychological loyalties may lie elsewhere.”

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Ted Cruz Birther Summit draws attention in New Hampshire radio interview

GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin was interviewed by Ben Sarro on WNTK-AM-FM Friday morning. Depending on travel arrangements Andy will hold a New York news conference today, Friday, January 15th (or Saturday) to announce he has been asked to serve as a named plaintiff in a lawsuit testing the constitutional eligibility of Senator Ted Cruz. “Ted is wrong when he says only liberal Democrats have concerns about his eligibility,” Andy says. “Frankly, based on what I have seen, Republicans more than Democrats are the ones worried about Cruz’ eligibility. I have not said ‘yes’ to the lawsuit because I am not sure my campaign can stand the financial stress, but I am taking a serious look at being the named plaintiff in a test case involving Cruz.”

 

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(Manchester, NH) (January 10, 2016)  GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin was interviewed Friday morning by New Hampshire radio personality Ben Sarro on WNTK-AM-FM concerning Ted Cruz’ constitutional eligibility to serve as president. http://www.wntk.com/personalities.php Check with the station for a podcast. Email: bensarro@wntk.com

 

Depending on travel arrangements Andy will hold a New York news conference today, Friday, 15th (or, if delayed, Saturday the 16th) to discuss the progress and preparations for his three-day Ted Cruz “Birther Summit” in Washington, DC January 29-31.

 

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GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin offers a contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate

Republican Party presidential candidate and political analyst Andy Martin offers his contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Andy is probably the most experienced political commentator in America today, with fifty years of national and local political experience to help inform his opinions and analysis.

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(New York) (October 14, 2015) Dear American:

Some of you may have watched the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Actually, it was livelier than I expected. This Letter from the Campaign carries a joint masthead because I will be posting this story both on my presidential blog and my ContrarianCommentary.com blogs.

Of course, the debate exposed the broad gap between the “mainstream” of today’s Democratic Party and mainstream, Main Street, America. Most of the liberal media will tell you Hillary Clinton “won the debate.” Actually, I have a contrarian view. Bernie Sanders won, hands down.

I entered national politics by going to Capitol Hill fifty years ago this year to write an esoteric thesis on the procedural rules of the U.S. Senate. Unlike most media “analysts,” who have little or no political experience, my life has blended independent activism as well as political involvement. I fight corruption, arrogance and abuse, but I almost always fight within the political process, government and the judicial system. So even though I am an “independent” conservative, “maverick” or whatever you want to call me, I know how the system works even if I have always stood apart from the system while fighting abuses within our society. That’s why I call my writing “Contrarian Commentary” and why I am a Republican candidate for president – to keep fighting to make the system work – for every American.

So why are my conclusions about who won the Democratic “debate” so different than the Beltway media? Because I take a broader, most experienced perspective.

There are three reasons why Bernie won. Two are obvious, but one is not. Let me start with my surprising conclusion first.

Bernie won the debate because of guns. Yes, guns. The two first states to “vote” in 2016 are Iowa and New Hampshire, closely followed by Nevada and South Carolina. Over the past fifty years the two parties have largely polarized; there are very few “conservative” Democrats left, and few “liberal” Republicans.

But although conservatives and liberals have realigned themselves, their cultures are not as fully separated. Many “liberal” Democrats in Iowa are still culturally conservative in many ways. Likewise, many “liberal” Democrats in New Hampshire are also culturally conservative. Quick question: are labor union members, who are classic “Democrats,” culturally liberal or conservative? Mostly conservative. And here is what the media missed Tuesday night.

There are a lot of Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada who own guns. After Tuesday night, they are all Sanders voters. By pounding Bernie on guns, Hillary accomplished two goals for Bernie (which even he may not realize since my views are contrarian). First, Hillary confirmed that Bernie is a candidate that can be trusted on guns. Second, Hillary showed Bernie to be a “politician,” and thus someone who is reasonable and can be trusted.

Bernie said he voted for guns because he is from a “rural state.” Of course, more people in rural areas and small towns own guns. Where do you find rural areas (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada)? Democrats in those states who support guns, while espousing liberal policies, can safely vote for Bernie because he pays attention to the specific needs of his state (he’s a politician!) and because he recognizes cultural differences between big cities and small towns.

Very few potential Sanders voters (see my next two points) will abandon him because of his voting record on guns. But now everyone knows Bernie is capable of representing his “rural” constituents and supporting their contrarian views on gun ownership. A very big plus for Sanders. (Ironically, although Jim Webb is really the cultural conservative in the race, his performance was so weak he won’t benefit from the gun issue.)

The second reason Sanders won is because the debate proved beyond doubt that he is driving the national agenda in the Democratic Party and Clinton can’t be trusted to take decisive action. One of the critical exchanges of the debate, which will probably be overlooked by liberal commentators, is when Governor O’Malley and Sanders double-teamed Clinton on breaking up the big banks. Clinton’s response? The same old Clinton. She has a five-point (or some “point”) “plan.” In other words, mush.  When push came to shove, Clinton was “all hat and no cattle” on the need for genuine reform. She would moan about Wall Street but she wouldn’t break up the big banks. (Ironically, a lot of Republicans also agree with Sanders on the irresponsible power of big banks and Wall Street.)

Sanders supporters will pick up on the fact that Clinton is all style and no substance when it comes to taking serious stands on the issues.

Just as Trump is transforming the Republican party (I have an exciting column/analysis in the works!) Sanders, for better or for worse, is transforming the Democrats. Prediction: even after someone wins the nomination (still probably Clinton) Sanders will not withdraw as a candidate. He will stay in the race to launch a platform fight at the national convention and to take his views to the floor of the National Convention. If Hillary thinks “winning” the nomination is the end of Bernie, she is badly mistaken. Bernie is in the driver’s seat. Not her.

Finally, the third reason why Sanders was a big winner at the debate was that more than for anyone else, the debate elevated him to parity with Clinton as a candidate. After the debate, Bernie went on Chris Matthews’ show. Bernie said “five months ago you would have called me a ‘fringe candidate.’” Of course he was right. But the debate elevated Sanders to Clinton’s level.

When she shook his hand in a spontaneous act of appreciation for his support for her on the “email issue,” Clinton sealed the pact that they are equals. By elevating Bernie to her level, her handshake and the overall debate have elevated Sanders to equal status.

You may disagree with me; I respect disagreement. But I think Sanders won a whole lot more than he lost Tuesday night. He has now “rolled up” every gun owner in the Democratic Party, of which there are still many. He showed that while he is true to his agenda, Clinton will not commit to real reform, such as by breaking up the Wall Street banks, because she and her husband are still tethered to Wall Street and the “economic royalists” in the Democratic Party who support their extravagant lifestyle. And Sanders’ (misplaced) gallantry in defending Clinton on the email scandal elevated him to equal status with her in the Party.

Bernie Sanders is not going away, he is not going to end his campaign if she wins a majority of the delegates, and he and his supporters will be a major force at the Democratic National Convention. Bernie’s just begun to fight.

[To ensure no one is confused, just because I write favorably about Sanders does not mean I agree with him. When I write as a Republican, I am a Republican. When I write as an analyst and media critic, I try to be neutral and impartial.]

Inclosing, I have made clear that while I am a candidate, I don’t expect to win the nomination. But I still intend to influence the presidential race and I have a track record of doing so. In three of the last four presidential elections my independent conservative activism was a significant factor, especially 2000 and 2008. Stay tuned.

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