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I’m not a birther, but…

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.



  1. Duckman wrote:

    He is either a liar, or he views a birther as someone who is constantly talking about it or fighting over it. Not someone who casually doesn’t think he was born here.

    Although I do remember someone from Arizona getting trolled by Hawaii over documents…

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    I come from a long line of Abolitionists. And, of course, am not racist. Earlier this year there were two awful things that happened in my area. I’m reading about a mother who set her house on fire with her five children inside, and in the other incident a 13 year old boy babysitting while the grandmother slept, took the little girl, killed her, stuffed her in a garbage can. I picture black persons. Both perpetrators were white. I’m racist

    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink