AFTON, Oklahoma — Although Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) believes President Obama may secretly be a Kenyan who forged his birth certificate, he thinks it’s too late to do anything about it.
During a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon, Mullin fielded a question from the self-professed “Birther Princess”. The woman presented him with documents — which he repeatedly refused to take — from Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse”, which investigated whether Obama had forged his birth certificate in order to run for president. (He had, they determined, in a surprise to no one.)
Though Mullin at first appeared to be batting down the Birther Princess’s nutty theory, it quickly became clear that he only took issue with her timing, not the substance of her accusation. “I believe what you’re saying,” he told the woman, saying he thought the birther issue “probably would’ve been” big enough to drag down Obama in 2012. Mullin felt aggrieved that he had to question whether Obama was actually born in the United States, concluding that although the issue is “still there,” it’s too late to prove it to the country.
MULLIN: I believe what you’re saying and I don’t support this president whatsoever. But ma’am, we lost November 6th. We had the opportunity to get another president in there. […] We had four years to take care of that. Our country’s facing some serious issues. If the rest of the American people thought that was a big enough issue which, I thought it probably would’ve been. Who would’ve thought we would ever actually be questioning if we had a natural-born president being president? Who would’ve ever thought that we’d actually be there? […] So when I say we lost the argument, we lost that argument. Now let’s move on to some other issues. I believe it’s still there, but my God if we didn’t prove it the first four years, what do you think the chances are now?
Though amateur political analysts might have assumed the birther movement would die out after Obama won reelection in 2012, it’s enjoyed something of a renaissance recently. In addition to Mullin, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) called on Congress to open a new birther investigation this June. “Let’s go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the president’s validity,” Duncan declared during a radio interview.