Conservative websites on Monday unearthed allegations from a man named Danney Williams who says he is the son of Bill Clinton and a Little Rock prostitute named Bobbie Ann Williams. Clinton critics, you'll not be surprised to learn, are helping Williams publicize his allegations.
That's right, America: We've entered the Black Love Child phase of Campaign 2016.
Whether you believe Williams or not -- and there's no proof -- there is a long history of allegations of presidents having secret African-American children. Why is this allegation thrown around so often? Probably because America has a long history of racism.
It all started with Thomas Jefferson, who actually did have children with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves.
In the book "Walter White: Mr. NAACP," author Kenneth Robert Janken accuses William Henry Harrison of breaking bad by fathering six children with a slave named Dilsia, then giving four of them to his brother because it would not be "politic" to keep them
. Harrison is famous for dying soon after he became president.
Karma? It depends on whether Janken is right, or Harrison was just the victim of a racist political attack.
Harrison's veep, John Tyler, was also rumored to have fathered an African-American child, the Daily Beast notes.
The "black love child" trope is a potent weapon in American politics because it serves several narratives. First, it plays on racist fears of miscegenation.
Of course, the trope also has a built-in allegation of infidelity.
It can also play on well-meaning fears that a man in power preyed on someone vulnerable.
Does the black-love-child trope still work as a political attack in this century? Sadly, yes. In 2000, future president George W. Bush won the South Carolina primary after a whispering campaign spread the lie that John McCain had an African-American love child.
In fact, McCain and his wife, Cindy, had adopted a Bangladeshi girl, Bridget.
The good news: There's only one month of the 2016 election left.