Birther Bachmann Won’t Say Obama’s a US Citizen (Video)
February 17, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)–Why won’t Republican lawmakers condemn the crazed racist birthers in their midst? Because they are afraid of offending their right-wing xenophobic base, a majority of whom believe the offensive conspiracy theory that President Obama, our first black president, was born in Kenya and is a secret Muslim Manchurian candidate usurper. And if morally bankrupt Republican leaders can perpetuate the insane birther conspiracy theory, with a wink and a nod, they can weaken the President by planting seeds of doubt among voters in 2012. It’s reprehensible behavior. Republican lawmakers don’t care. The unhinged right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann is the latest elected official to refuse to publicly denounce birthers. But she went one step further than her counterparts House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Bachmann wouldn’t even say if she personally believes President Obama is a U.S. citizen and a Christian. Despicable.
Republican lawmakers are playing a cute little game here that hearkens back to the GOP’s “Southern Strategy” of odious dog whistles to appeal to their racist base. But this birther nonsense is even more offensive. They know President Obama was born in Hawaii and that he’s a Christian, but they would rather act like squirmy weasels to gain a few extra votes from bigots.
Bachmann made her weaselly remarks during a February 17 interview with ABC’s Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos. The tea party queen Bachmann, who once advocated for an investigation into the anti-American beliefs of Democratic lawmakers, issued the usual squirrelly response to the birther question, “I take him at his word.” Well, I take Bachmann at her word that she isn’t a foreign-born usurper from the planet Jupiter.
STEPHANOPOULOS: A sizable number of GOP primary voters still are questioning President Obama’s faith and citizenship. Can you just state very clearly that President Obama is a Christian and he is a citizen of the United states?
BACHMANN: Well, that isn’t for me to state, that’s for the president to state…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe it?
BACHMANN: I think that when the President makes his statements, I think they need to stand for their own.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But he has said it very clear. I’m just asking if you believe it?
BACHMANN: Well, I think we should take the President at his word.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you can’t say, you can’t just sit there and declare the president is a citizen and he is a Christian?
Bachmann refused to say whether she believed President Obama was a U.S. citizen and a Christian, and she then went into a rant about the federal stimulus program.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore/Michele Bachmann CPAC, February 10, 2011/Creative Commons Attribution.