The joke used to be that people would say “I’m not a racist, but…” and then go on to say racist things.
Well, the GOP apparently has a new version of that. It may not be acceptable to say racist things in public, but it is ok to accuse our first black president of having an invalid birth certificate.
When Arizona’s eleven electors met in order to cast their electoral college votes (for Mitt Romney of course), the Associated Press reported that three of them went “birther”, and “spoke up during the ceremony to voice doubts about Obama’s eligibility as a native-born U.S. citizen.”
One of these three electors is the chairman of the Arizona Republican party. So a local radio station — thinking that his statement had somehow been taken out of context — invited him on the air. Their first question was “are you a birther?” to which he answered “No”.
But then he went on to explain that he didn’t think the president had produced a “true document,” and that the president’s birth certificate “doesn’t ring with [him].”
Sure sounds like a birther to me.