Rep. Cliff Stearns Coddles Birther At Florida Town Hall

Here we go again. Another day, another story about a Republican feeding into the birtherism that still runs rampant among their electorate.

From Think Progress -- Rep. Stearns On Obama Birth’s Certificate: ‘The Question Is, Is It Legitimate?’:

New video of a February town hall shows Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) pandering to birthers and raising questions about the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate.

When Stearns met with constituents on February 25 in Belleview, one of the first questions came from an elderly gentleman who insisted that Obama was not born in the United States and ought to be impeached. Rather than correcting the man and informing him that the president is indeed a natural-born American citizen, Stearns coddled the conspiracy theory by implying that Obama’s birth certificate may be a forgery — “is it legitimate?” Stearns wondered aloud.

The Florida congressman noted that there is a “general consensus” that Obama “produced a birth certificate,” but gave no indication that he agreed with this sentiment. He also advanced an phony conservative meme, debunked by Dave Weigel and others, that Hawaii’s governor was incapable of locating the birth certificate. Read on...

Video via Youtube user FlaPolActCoop.

Think Progress has the transcript posted for those having trouble hearing them and as they noted, the very next questioner was a man asking "if there was a grand jury looking into the veracity of Obama’s birth certificate."

Steve Benen at Rachel Maddow's place has more on some recent poll numbers with just how pervasive this is in the South -- Zombie lies linger in the Deep South.


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