Listen to what historian David Barton has to say on the subject, via Glenn Beck:
David Barton: The Jefferson Lies
"This morning on radio David Barton join Glenn to discuss his new book The Jefferson Lies: Exposing The Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.
Glenn introduced David by explaining how he really opened his own eyes to America’s true history that so many Americans have never heard before. In his latest book, Barton exposes the lies that are taught to Americans about Thomas Jefferson, which is exactly how he opened his interview with Glenn this morning – disproving the claim that Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave, and has descendants from Sally Hemming.
'Sally Hemming didn’t happen,' David told Glenn. 'First off, it’s really hard to get DNA testing. To do DNA testing in a later generation you have to have a male descendant.'
Pat expanded David’s comment explaining that in November 1998, there was supposedly a DNA test proving that it he had this lineage with Sally Hemming, but that’s not what it did.
'It did nothing of the sort. In fact, they retracted the story six weeks later – nobody carried the retraction – but it was impossible to prove Jefferson did it, because he had no male descendants, and you have to have the DNA of the male descendants,' Barton explained. He later added, 'It blew out 200 years of history. But nobody ran the retraction of that DNA story in 1998.'
“The story you also sometimes hear associated with this one is that it was maybe one of his relatives – one of the twenty-seven Jefferson men – that’s not even true?” Pat asked.
'Not true,' David responded. 'They did find that in the fourth child there was Jeffersons DNA – not Thomas Jefferson’s DNA, but that’s been known for a while too. It’s been known for 200 years that Thomas’s younger brother Randolph had a relationship with some of the slaves. You can point to Jefferson’s younger brother, but you still can’t point to Jefferson.'
Glenn next asked David about a story that he had wrong before learning more about Thomas Jefferson – Jefferson rewriting the Scripture. 'I’ve always heard he took out what he kind of believed were the magic tricks of Jesus. He just went to the teachings of Jesus, and he called them 'Jesus of Nazareth.' It was just the teachings,' Glenn said."