Trump pick Sam Clovis stoked birther conspiracy, called Eric Holder a ‘racist black’

By | August 10, 2017

Sam Clovis, Donald Trump’s pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama’s upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a “racist black,” a CNN KFile review of Clovis’s writings and radio broadcasts during 2012 and 2013 has found.

Clovis was a conservative radio host and political activist in Iowa before gaining national attention as one of the more vocal supporters of Trump during the presidential campaign. His nomination to head science at the USDA requires Senate confirmation.

CNN’s KFile reported last week on blog posts from 2011 and 2012 in which Clovis called black leaders “race traders” and accused Obama of being a “Maoist.” CNN’s KFile has since obtained the transcripts of some episodes of Clovis’ radio show, “Impact with Sam Clovis,” reviewed hours of available audio of Clovis’ radio appearances, and uncovered previously unreported blog posts by Clovis. (CNN)

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