When Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach first came to light as the author of Arizona's SB 1070 "papers, please" law, it was clear he was motivated by a deep-seated hatred of people of color.
Nothing has happened before or since to change that perception. From his in-depth study of and support for apartheid in South Africa to his ongoing nativism, Kobach only lacks the middle initial "K" to accurately describe who he is.
And last weekend, with President Obama in the twilight of his Presidency, he proved himself yet again when he suggested to a caller that Obama supports immigration reform because he is not a citizen.
But the caller persisted, saying, “He’s not going to bring up proof of citizenship because he’s not a citizen of the United States, he’s not supposed to be the president, his own grandma said he was born in Africa, what else do you need? And that birth certificate thing was all fake, it took him two years, like I said, to get it sent out. How did he get the scholarship to that college in California that only foreign people get it? How did he get that? How come everybody lets it go?”
“You know, you’re right,” Kobach responded, “and of course that issue’s kind of water under the bridge these days, but there were some interesting things. Like there was that one thing, it just made you scratch your head, there was that one thing that the Harvard Law Journal printed which described Barack Obama as a ‘young student born in Kenya.’ Now, he says that was wrong, and maybe it was wrong, but anyway, maybe you’re right, maybe that’s why he doesn’t talk about proof of citizenship, because he, you know, he would rather not bring up the citizenship issue. Of course, now he’s got nothing to worry about, he’s in office for the remaining year.”
“Well, why didn’t everybody do something about this eight years ago?” Jim demanded.
“Well,” Kobach said, “as you may recall, there was quite a kerfuffle about it back then.”
“Did you notice everybody that was complaining, they shut up like overnight?” Jim said. “I think they were all threatened just like Old Lady Clinton threatens everybody if you don’t do what she wants. I think they’re all threatened, that’s why they all shut up real fast.”
“Well, who knows?” Kobach said. “That whole issue has been a truly strange one, that’s for sure.”
Perhaps Kobach, a Trump endorser, is simply laying the foundation for the inevitable Ted Cruz birther claims that are bound to come up between now and November. But the only "truly strange" thing here is Kobach continuing to question President Obama's citizenship when he's produced a long form birth certificate.