Yesterday, right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh attempted to connect President Obama’s condemnation of the recently approved Arizona anti-immigrant law to the birther conspiracy. According to Limbaugh, Obama expressed concerns about Hispanic Americans being asked for their “papers” when taking their kids out to get ice cream because he knows the term “papers” is synonymous with Nazi Germany. Limbaugh then goes on to infer that Obama is against the Arizona immigration law because he himself cannot produce “papers”:
Papers equals Nazi. Your papers please. It equals Nazi, that’s why Obama is using the term. I can understand Obama being touchy on the subject of producing your papers. Maybe he’s afraid somebody is going to ask him for his.
In the past, Limbaugh has falsely claimed that Obama is from “Arab parts of Africa,” and therefore Arab himself. Ironically, Limbaugh — after experiencing chest pains while on vacation this past December — spent some time in the Honolulu hospital that gave rise to the birther conspiracy theory. Obama was actually born in the Kapi’olani Medical Center, not far from where Limbaugh stayed. Limbaugh has also claimed that Democrats’ opposition to the Arizona law is motivated solely by their reliance on voter fraud to maintain power. According to Limbaugh, Arizona is a “lethal blow” to those illegal votes and “that’s why they are having a conniption fit about this law in Arizona.”