Romney Plays the Birther Card: ‘No One Has Asked to See My Birth Certificate’
If you thought for one minute that the right wing was done delegitimizing President Obama, then think again. The right wing campaign against Obama isn’t now, nor has it ever been, about policies or ideas. It’s about delegitimizing the first black president, and based on Romney’s recent comments, he’s fully on board with that strategy.
During a campaign visit in Michigan, Romney jumped on the birther bandwagon, boldly asserting, ”Ann was born at Henry Ford hospital, I was born at Harper hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
Romney, of course, knows that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, but instead of taking the high road, he chose to play into the conspiracy theory that President Obama is something other than authentically American. This was a wink and a nod to birthers who have concocted a story about President Obama being born in Kenya. Of course, there is no evidence to support their claim, but when has the truth ever infiltrated the mind of a racist?
Spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, immediately shot back, saying in a statement, ”It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”
Romney’s play to birthers does erase any doubt that he’s a rationale moderate conservative. To the contrary, it sends a clear message that he is aligned with the birthers. It is unclear, however, whether this will matter to anyone in the campaign.
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