The lieutenant-governor of Tennessee, a candidate in this year’s gubernatorial election, says he doesn’t know if President Obama is a citizen of the United States.
In arguing against making President Obama’s citizenship a political issue, Ron Ramsey told a meeting of Nashville Republicans, “I don’t know whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States or not. I don’t know what the whole deal is there.”
The lieutenant-governor continued: “But I’m going to tell you something. When you walk out on the street … people don’t really care about this issue. ”
Ramsey’s comments, first reported by Jeff Woods at the Nashville Scene News Blog, came in response to a comment from Maclin Davis, a former Tennessee Republican Party lawyer who is pushing the state legislature to pass a law requiring the state to bar any presidential candidate from the ballot unless they provide “positive proof they are a native-born citizen.”
“It seems like it would be really good if somebody would file a suit against our present president to get back all the money he’s been paid as president on the grounds he’s not a legitimate president since he’s not a native-born citizen,” Davis said, in contravention of available evidence.
The Tennessee Republican Party has had a stormy relationship with the US’s 44th president.
In 2008, as Obama campaigned for the presidency, the state’s GOP put out a press release entitled “Anti-Semites for Obama,” in which it tried to link the president to four prominent figures it said were anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, including Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayres.
In late 2008, former Tennessee Republican chairman Chip Saltsman stirred controversy when he sent out a CD of the infamous “Barack the Magic Negro” song to Republican National Committee members.
Saltsman was a candidate for the chairmanship of the RNC at the time. The job went to Michael Steele instead.
Ramsey announced in February, 2009, that he would run for governor in the 2010 election.
Newly revealed video shows Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling cheerleaders at Mar-A-Lago party
Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president's Mar-A-Lago club.
The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.
Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it's not always clear what they're saying.
"She's hot," Trump says about one woman, and then leans in to say something that makes Epstein double over with laughter.
‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.
The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.
"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."
Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface
Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.
Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."
Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.