Hannity: Birtherism Not About Race, It’s About Obama’s Foreignness (Video)
March 24, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—The thoroughly debunked crazy birther conspiracy has nothing to do with President Obama’s race, according to Sean Hannity. OK, then what does it have to do with? Because it’s been proved ad nauseam that Obama was born in Hawaii, as evidenced by two newspaper birth announcements, and his birth certificate that is available to see online. The then-Republican governor of Hawaii personally reviewed all of Obama’s birth records, in response to the tin foil hat birther nonsense, and declared them to be valid. But the kooky conspiracy theory that Obama was actually born in Kenya just won’t die. In fact, as Republican presidential contenders jostle for attention, birtherism is going mainstream. Why? To portray Obama as the “other.” That scary black guy in the White House with the foreign-sounding name. Ah, so it’s about racism and xenophobia, after all. And Hannity even admits it, as he trots out the birther smear that Obama isn’t one of us. Why? “Because he lived in Indonesia as a kid,” said Hannity. And he’s also our first black president.
Hannity brought up the offensive birther conspiracy theory in response to Donald Trump’s recent foray into birther madness, as he pretends he’s running for president. Hannity pronounced the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star “brilliant” and asked his “Great American Panel” what they thought about birtherism. Hannity asked, Can’t they just produce it [Obama's birth certificate] and we move on?
Obama’s certificate of live birth is available online, but birthers believe it’s fraudulent and want to see a long form birth certificate listing the name of the hospital, the names of Obama’s doctors, and God knows what else. But even that won’t satisfy birther nuts. They will just make up another conspiracy theory to raise doubts about Obama’s legitimacy.
When guest Jerry Springer brought up the obvious racism fueling birthers, Hannity tried to shoot him down. But in his next breath he insinuated Obama is a scary foreigner, so yah, it’s all about race.
SPRINGER: But you know what, I understand why there’s a resistance to it.
SPRINGER: Because isn’t this interesting? Of all our 43 presidents, of the 43 presidents –
HANNITY: Don’t bring up race. Do not bring up race. Do not bring up race. It is a constitutional requirement.
SPRINGER: I understand, but why have not of the 43 people we had run — be president of the United States, never once were you asking, “Where is your birth certificate? [...]
HANNITY: Because he lived in Indonesia as a kid. He talked about, you know, the prayer at sunset being one of the most beautiful things he’s ever seen.
HANNITY: So, so, he grew up in a foreign country. So some have said, all right, you grew up in Hawaii, it’s a constitutional requirement, show us. What’s the big deal?