Fox News host and conservative radio personality Sean Hannity thinks it is very strange that President Barack Obama waited so long to release his birth certificate.
“I actually think at this point the president wants — he loves to be a victim, I’m beginning to notice, a victim of birtherism … I just thought it was strange that he the president didn’t hand over his birth certificate like everybody else,” he said Wednesday on his radio show.
Obama’s campaign released a “certification of live birth” in 2008, which confirmed that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. But conspiracies about his birthplace persisted, and Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.
“Now I know the president felt he was uniquely qualified to deal with issues involving the Muslim world because he went to school in Jakarta as a child, a Muslim school, and he said one of the most beautiful things — he said this to Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times — one of the most beautiful sights in the world is Muslim prayer at sunset. He said those things in that interview. It was in Jakarta.”
Hannity noted that Donald Trump claimed he had offered Obama $50 million for his birth records, but Obama never responded.
“This went on forever,” he continued. “I just thought it was odd, not to turn over your birth certificate.”
Some so-called “birthers,” such as Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, continue to believe that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.
Listen to audio, courtesy of Media Matters, below.