Colorado State Senator Owen Hill (R), a candidate for his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate next year, told a Republican breakfast on Friday that President Obama hails from Kenya.
According to BuzzFeed, the first-term lawmaker told Denver County Republican Party’s First Friday Breakfast about his time at a “slum” outside of Nairobi:
You spend time out there and little kids are running around barefoot in these kinds of streets and you ask them what they want to be. They want to be an astronaut, they want to be a physicist, a marine biologist, one kid even told me he wanted to be President of the United States. I held back my snarky comment that said ‘Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as President of the United States.’
The audience laughed enthusiastically at his comment.
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Hill told local media that the revelation of his “obvious joke” was one of the “typical sleazy tactics used by [incumbent Democratic Sen.] Mark Udall’s radical operatives who are scared of losing their go to guy in Washington DC.”
Hill’s “joke” comes just weeks after a North Carolina state representative told a town hall audience that President Barack Obama cannot be called a traitor because his actions have not been disloyal to Kenya. Last year, Colorado U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R) had to apologize after saying “in his heart,” President Obama is “not an American.”
Owen’s campaign website reveals that he is a “tenther,” embracing a radical states’ rights view of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, Hill co-sponsored a so-called “academic freedom” bill that would have permitted the teaching of antievolution and climate change denial in schools — a measure apparently modeled on language provided by the conservative, corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council.