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Tancredo’s Conspiracy Theory: Obama Hides His Birth Certificate To Stir Up The Right And Make Us Look Crazy

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tom-tancredoDuring a speech in 2008, Michelle Obama mentioned her husband’s famous trip to Kenya in 2006 and referred to it as his “home country,” most likely referring to the fact that he has immediate ancestral ties there. Video of the comment recently surfaced on YouTube, sending the far-right birther movement into a frenzy.

Referring to the comments, former GOP congressman and anti-immigrant crusader Tom Tancredo told a Tea Party audience, “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?” Fox News’ Alan Colmes asked Tancredo about his statement on Colmes’ radio show yesterday. “Do you think he was born there?” Colmes asked. “I have no idea, believe me I have no idea,” Tancredo said, adding that whether or not he was born there, “I do not believe Barack Obama loves the same America that I do” because he wants to turn the U.S. into “a socialist system.” Tancredo then placed himself firmly in the birther camp:

COLMES: Do you really believe – you know he was born in Hawaii right?

TANCREDO: I have absolutely no idea where he was born.

COLMES: You’ve seen he was born in Hawaii; he was in two Hawaiian newspapers within two days of his birth.

TANCREDO: Anybody can put an article in a newspaper. Just show me your birth certificate!

Tancredo then claimed that Obama is purposefully withholding his birth certificate in order to fuel birther conspiracies that make the right wing look nuts:

TANCREDO: Now they very well not want to show it because they want to propagate this whole thing that’s going on about birthers. … They may be doing it for that reason; I don’t know why they don’t want anyone to see it. … They want it propagated because you know –

COLMES: It makes your party look nuts!

TANCREDO: Yeah well maybe that’s why they don’t produce document, I don’t know.

Listen here (starting at 8:22):

Fox News’ Glenn Beck has also claimed that “the birther issue” is a conspiracy created by the Obama administration, alleging that “operatives on the left” leaked video of Michelle Obama’s speech to “stir the pot.”

“I could probably fill the better part of my afternoons responding to the general lunacy of somebody like Tom Tancredo,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said of Tancredo’s original comments, adding, “I have no real desire to do that.”

Transcript:

COLMES: By the way congressman, did you actually say about Barack Obama if his wife says Kenya is his home country why don’t we just send him back?

TANCREDO: Yes I did! Absolutely.

COLMES: Did you actually say that?

TANCREDO: That’s what she believes hey who am I to argue with that?

COLMES: So you want to send him back there to Kenya?

TANCREDO: Exactly. It’s the same way we talked about sending Bush back to Texas and Clinton back to Arkansas. You talk about that in terms of the politics of it, that’s what I was doing. Talking about 2012, send him back home and if his home is Kenya, who am I to argue with it.

COLMES: Do you think he was born there?

TANCREDO: I have no idea, believe me I have no idea. My point in that whole thing was that whether he was actually, whether she was talking about his, the physical homeland, the place where he was born or she was just talking about his “home country” being that’s where his heart is – it’s not America.

COLMES: You think his heart is not in America? […]

TANCREDO: I do not. I do not believe Barack Obama loves the same America that I do, the one that the Founders put together. I do not believe that. I think that he wants that changed. I think –

COLMES: He doesn’t love America?

TANCREDO: You see what he does, every single day and you see the way he talks, even in his own books and you get the certain sense and I certainly do, that the America that I believe in, the one that the Founders put together is not the one he wants. He talks about the Constitution being a flawed document.

COLMES: Congressman, you don’t believe that the President of the United States loves America?

TANCREDO: Not the America that I love, okay? So we’ve got two different opinions about what America is.

COLMES: What America does he love?

TANCREDO: He wants a different America an America that is described by perhaps any of his mentors, his pastor or his friends on the left.

COLMES: What has he done to make that kind of America? I’m not aware of anything he’s done.

TANCREDO: You’ve got to be kidding. You can’t really suggest that you don’t think he is trying to move America —

COLMES: No not at all.

TANCREDO: — away from the Founders –

COLMES: Not at all.

TANCREDO: — to a socialist system.

COLMES: Do you really believe – you know he was born in Hawaii right?

TANCREDO: I have absolutely no idea where he was born.

COLMES: You’ve seen he was born in Hawaii; he was in two Hawaiian newspapers within two days of his birth.

TANCREDO: Anybody can put an article in a newspaper. Just show me your birth certificate!

COLMES: Why would they have put an article in a Hawaiian newspaper?

TANCREDO: Hey! You got me! Why would you not show your original birth certificate?

COLMES: The certificate of live birth has been shown.

TANCREDO: No, no, no, no, that is of no consequence. That means nothing; you can do that on the internet.

COLMES: So let me get this straight, a little baby is born in Kenya –

TANCREDO: Now they very well not want to show it because they want to propagate this whole thing that’s going on about birthers and making it —

COLMES: Well they are coo-coo for coco puffs.

TANCREDO: Yeah, they may be doing it for that reason; I don’t know why they don’t want anyone to see it.

COLMES: So the crazier the right goes, the better for people like me?

TANCREDO: Exactly.

COLMES: So let me get this straight congressman, so he’s born in Kenya –

TANCREDO: I have no idea where he was born.

COLMES: — and somehow it appears in two Hawaiian newspapers that said he was born at a local Hawaiian hospital because they knew that 40 some odd years later he would be President of the United States?

TANCREDO: I have no idea. Of course not. Of course not.

COLMES: So how would that happen?

TANCREDO: There could be other reasons why someone would want to put a thing in the paper saying that you were born there.

COLMES: Why would the reason be?

TANCREDO: How do I know? Maybe he wanted to be born in the United States?

COLMES: So this little baby, it was decided back then, his parents decided, we want him to be born in the United States? […]

TANCREDO: Perhaps! How do you know? How do I know?

COLMES: Why can’t you accept that he was born in Hawaii when it was written at the time that a certificate of live birth – the Secretary of State of Hawaii has said he was born in Hawaii! Why don’t you believe that?

TANCREDO: Produce it! The one that has the doctor’s signature. That’s the reason why this all goes on.

COLMES: It makes your party look crazy!

TANCREDO: It goes on as I say, they want it propagated because you know –

COLMES: It makes your party look nuts!

TANCREDO: Yeah well maybe that’s why they don’t produce document, I don’t know.

COLMES: Wouldn’t it make you look saner to acknowledge he was born in the United States?

TANCREDO: Why should I? How do I know that?

COLMES: Where were you born?

TANCREDO: I was born in Denver Colorado.

COLMES: How do I know?

TANCREDO: I have a birth certificate to prove it.

COLMES: How do I know? I’ve never seen it.

TANCREDO: Well you didn’t ask to.

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