Glenn Beck: Some ‘birthers’ on same side as Obama

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 17:33 EDT
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Fox News host Glenn Beck suggested that some of the so-called “birthers” are actually supporters of President Barack Obama, after the White House released the president’s long-form birth certificate on Wednesday.

Many “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was actually born in Kenya in 1961 and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible for the Presidency. Others believe Obama is ineligible to be president because his father wasn’t a natural born citizen of the United States.

“Your dad can be born in Kenya,” Beck said on Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program. “It’s where you were born. If his dad was trying to run for president that would be an issue… How many of these ‘birthers’ are actually working for the president — not for him, not like he’s paying them — but on the same side? [They] love this. Surely some. You gotta have some who are on these blog sites like ‘this is great’”

The “birther” conspiracy was first conceived during the 2008 campaign. Reality TV star Donald Trump recently brought the issue back into the media spotlight when he first revealed he had some doubts that Obama was a U.S. citizen during an interview with ABC News’ Ashleigh Banfield in March. Trump has been courting the media’s attention by questioning Obama’s eligibility for president ever since.

Beck’s comments echo those made by Republican strategist and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, who said that the Obama administration was more than happy to see the “birther” controversy continue because it marginalized conservatives.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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