Republicans launched the “Obama is a secret Muslim” rumors even before the presidential campaigns got underway, but now the top political adviser to the Bush administration is trying to spin the popular GOP conspiracy theory as a plot by the Obama administration to divide Republicans.

“They love this,” Rove told Fox News opinion host Bill O’Reilly. The president’s birth certificate has been available online for years.

This video is from Fox News, broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, as snipped by Talking Points Memo.