Leave it to Republicans in Arizona to take the birther conspiracy theory and find a way to make it more racist.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett had backed away from his earlier attempts to keep president Obama off the ballot in the state and his flirtations with birtherism. But he’s jumped back into the fray with this twist on the whole thing: sure the president was born in Hawaii, but Obama later fraudulently claimed to be born in Kenya so he could get into college. That’s right. It’s an affirmative action scam.
From Talking Points Memo:
The co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in Arizona, Bennett made the comments recently at an event where he pleaded for local Republicans to unite behind their party’s presumptive nominee for president. He told them a world under Obama is “just very, very scary.”
“Now, I know there’s a lot of people that are very skeptical as to whether he was born in Hawaii,” Bennett told the crowd. “Personally I believe that he was. I actually believe he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.”
Bennett is not alone in embracing this diverging strain of bitherism. Some believers believe there are discrepancies in the presidents college transcripts which help prove that Obama’s entire life has been engineered as part of a grand plan to put foreigners in the White House. The evolution itself is largely irrelevant because it keeps to the same consistent theme: there’s simply no way a black man could achieve what Obama has without some sort of scam.
So long as people like Mitt Romney refuse to condemn this kind of absurdity and implicitly encourage and validate it expect it to stick around. As we’ve seen with birtherism and the attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., there is nothing that makes certain elements of the right more angry than a black man in power.
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