Conspiracy theorists are usually disheveled sorts with anti-social personalities and poor hygiene. Typically, the better educated you are and the more your face is known, the less likely you are to espouse theories that make you look like a crackpot. Maybe Donald Trump just has too much money to care if people think he is a moron because Wednesday on The View, The Donald revealed that he is a birther.
What is a birther? A birther is someone who believes that President Obama doesn't meet the Constitution's requirement that presidents be "natural-born" citizens of the U.S. In other words, a birther is a psycho. Does that sound mean? OK, let's try it again. In other words, a birther isn't all that bright.
So, really Donald? You're going to go there? He didn't call himself a birther exactly, but he did insist that Obama produce his birth certificate, which is basically the same thing.
The fact is, all evidence proves that Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which, last time I checked, was actually part of the United States.
Vocal as they are, birthers haven't been able to prove that anything is a forgery. FactCheck.org analyzed the actual birth certificate in person and in detail, refuting all the objections raised by the birthers.
Meanwhile, the birthers themselves have been up to acts of no good. They have produced "Kenyan birth certificates" that have been debunked as fakes.
Even Karl Rove, Republican strategist and evil mastermind of the entire George W. Bush presidency, thinks the birthers are morons. Last month Rove came down on Republican politicians for fueling rumors that President Obama wasn't born in the United States:
Within our party, we've got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight.
This isn't stopping people like Trump from peddling their BS. And he isn't alone. Other famous people also ascribe to the birther philosophy (if one can call idiocy a philosophy). They include:
Lou Dobbs: The former CNN anchor is not exactly a birther, but he has been highly supportive of the movement. He once said:
I believe Barack Obama is a citizen of the United States, folks, don't you? But I do have a couple of little questions, like you. Why not just provide a copy of the birth certificate? That's entirely within the president's power to do so. Then all of this nonsense goes away.
Rush Limbaugh: Rush supported Trump's ideas, saying:
You and I have known all along that we're dealing with a man-child here who has, literally, no qualifications, no experience, and according to Donald Trump now, no birth certificate. Trump is performing a valuable service here. He is attempting to help Obama out of a jam. You can't say Trump is a kook right-wing birther. Trump realized the problem that Obama faces here with credibility. He's giving him a chance here to establish some credibility by producing the birth certificate.
Pat Boone: It isn't clear why we care what a former teen idol who was born in 400 BC has to say about our current President, but here is what Boone said last year:
When you get gas -- if you can still afford it -- and you want to use your credit card, you pass it into a slot checker, and still have to punch in your zip code. Right? In today's world, you have to be ready to show valid, verifiable identification for almost anything you want to buy or do. What about applying for the most powerful, consequential, dangerous office in the world THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES?
Michele Bachmann: The Republican congresswoman from Minnesota won't come out and admit she is a birther, but she did say:
I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate so we can get that off the table.
I am just embarrassed for them. Isn't it time to let it go? This is just silly. There are plenty of other important reasons we can criticize the President and wonder what he is doing. Questioning his origins, especially when they have been well-documented already, is really just silly.
Do you think there is any validity to the movement?
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