Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs may be singing a new tune on immigration, however, he’s sticking to his guns when it comes to defending his demand for evidence of President Obama’s birthplace. In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Dobbs lashed out against the “extreme Left” for attacking what he continues to view as a perfectly reasonable request:
I ask a question, and I am attacked from the extreme Left as a quote-unquote birther. I mean, what the hell is that? When you can create a controversy by asking what seems to me still a perfectly commonsense question? It has been used in the extreme Left to create a toxicity that is just unbelievable.
This past summer, Dobbs didn’t just question President Obama’s citizenship and promoted the bizarre right-wing “birther” theory, he also insinuated that Obama might be an undocumented immigrant. Many have speculated that Dobbs left CNN in part because his support of the “birther” movement incited conflict between himself and CNN’s leadership.
However, in the weeks preceding his departure, Dobbs claimed that the White House was conspiring with a number of groups, including ThinkProgress, to wage “insidious and sordid attacks” against him with the goal of intimidating him and his former network. After leaving CNN, he also blamed the “far left” for characterizing him as an “enemy of Latinos.”
Cross-posted on The Wonk Room.