“BIRTHER” PEJORATIVE EXPLOITED
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 26, 2016) — At 10:00 p.m. EDT during Monday night’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, moderator Lester Holt asked Trump why he allegedly claimed that Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” by calling for Obama to release his birth certificate in 2011.
In his question, Holt acknowledged Trump’s public statement last week that he accepted that Obama was “born in the United States,” claiming that Trump’s conclusion is what “most Americans” know to be true.
Trump responded by framing as an accomplishment the release of an image purported to be Obama’s long-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH), which was done by the White House on April 27, 2011.
When it was Clinton’s turn to speak on the subject, she said that Trump had shown “disrespect” for the “first African-American president” by doubting his birth narrative, also invoking the frequently-used pejorative of “birthers.”
The opening question of a 2008 primary debate between Clinton and Obama confirms Trump’s assertion, according to then-moderator Brian Williams.
Neither Holt, Trump nor Clinton acknowledged that an investigation commissioned by Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio found in 2012 that the long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Last week, Arpaio told a Tea Party group that his office is “still investigating” the birth certificate image.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.