Birther Movement

Birther Movement

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The Birther Movement refers to fringe theorists known as "birthers," who believe that United States President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for presidency.


According to an article in Politico[2], in the spring of 2008 during the Democratic presidential primary, Hilary Clinton supporters began circulating an anonymous email questioning Obama's United States citizenship (shown below).

"Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth"


On June 12th, 2008, the Chicago Tribune[3] published an article titled "Is Barack Obama a US Citizen? Yes.", which reported that a new version of the theory argued that since Obama was born in Hawaii with a Kenyan father and 18-year-old mother, he could not be recognized as an automatic citizen based on immigration law. On June 9th, the National Review[4] published a blog post urging Obama to prove his United States citizenship by providing the public a copy of his birth certificate. Several days later, the Obama campaign responded by posting a scanned image of Obama's birth certificate on the website Fight the Smears[5] (shown below).


On August 21st, former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general Phil Berg filed a complaint in the federal District court, alleging that Obama carried multiple citizenships forfeiting his eligibility to run for President of the United States. On July 28th, 2009, a Wiktionary[1] entry for the term "birther" was added, which defined the noun as "a believer in one of more conspiracy theories, holding that President Barack Obama is not a "natual born" citizen of the United States." On August 4th, Gawker[6] published an article titled "Happy Where's the Birth Certificate Day, Barack Obama!", which featured several satirical birth certificate photoshopped images (shown below).

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In October of 2009, anonymous emails began circulating that the Associated Press had identified Obama as "Kenyan-born" in June of 2004. An entry titled "Trip Wire" on the rumor-checking website Snopes[7] debunked the claims, proving that the Associated Press never identified Obama as Kenyan-born.

Birth Certificate Rejections

Following the release of Obama's birth certificate in June of 2008, conspiracy theorists asserted that the document had been photoshopped and that it lacked the Hawaii seal of the state. Author Jerome Corsi asserted on Fox News that the campaign should produce the "original birth certificate," claiming that the released version was "fake."

CERIFCATION OF LIVE BRTH STATE OF HAA HONOLULU CEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CERTFICATE NO Why is document namber blacked out anless this document is a fake? This is an alleged birth certificate posted on UCASANwebsite friendly to the Obama campaign. No seal from the state of Hawaii so this document is phony. IDATE THIS CERTIFICATE

On August 21st, the website Fact Check[8] reported that they had analyzed the document in person, and determined that it was an authentic birth certificate. After continued pressure from political opponents, Obama asked the director of the Hawaii Department of Health for certified copies of his original Certificate of Live Birth on April 22nd, 2011. The following week, White House staffers disseminated copies of the certificate and posted a PDF version on the White House website[9] (shown below).

STATE OF HAWAII CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NUMER 1561 10641 FILE Child's First Name (Type or print) lb. Middle Name le· Last Nanae BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, II Day Year Sb Hour 4, 4. If Twin or Telplet, W Child Bern 3. This Birth Month Birth Hale Singleは Twin□ Triplet□|la«D. 2nd□ August 1961 7:24 P. 3rd 6b Ialand Honolulu Oahu Name of Hoepital or Inatliution (if not In hoepial or instutionve street ddresn) d Place of Birth Inide City or Town Lmia if ng give judieial distric Kapiolani Maternity&Cynecological Hospital | Ye e. County and Stale or Forelga Country Honolulu Oahu Honolulu, Hawaii Td. Street Addreas Te. Is Residence Inside Cily or Town Limi 6085 Kalanianaole Highway If ne sive Judicial distriet No T. Mother's Mailing Address . Residence on a Farm or Plantation! Ful Name of Father 9. Race of Father HUSSEIN OBAMA African Klnd of Business or Industry University BARACK 10. Age of Father11. Birthploee sland, Scaue or Forsign Counry) 12a. Uuel Oceupation 12b. 25 Kenya, East Africa 7 Student - - 13.Full Malden Name of Mother 14 Race of Mother STANLEY ANN DUNHAM Caucasian 16. Birthplaer (Island, ste" or Foreign Coenr Wichita, ansas 17a. Type of Oeeupation Oulaide Home During Pregnane,17b. Dade ual worked 18 None Paren or Ober Informan I eertify thal the nbove slated 18a. nsture aformalion i true and correet to the beat of my knowledse 18b. Date of Sigasture 19a. SignatureAttendant 19b. Dale of Signsture I bereby eertify that this ehild as bore live on the date and hour stated above. D.O. Midwife 0. Date Aeeepted by LocalReg21. Signature of Local Registrar pted bz Ret General . General 22. AUG 1961 23. Evidence for Delayed Filing or Alberation

The certificate had been scanned into a PDF using optical character recognition (OCR), which uses an algorithm to separate characters in an image into their own layer, allowing readers to interact with the raw text in the file. On April 27th, YouTuber joebrooksme uploaded a video titled "President Obama's Birth Certificate PDF Has 'Layers'," with a screen cast of the document opened in photoshop (shown below). The same day, The National Review[11] published a post titled "PDF Layers in Obama's Birth Certificate," which explained how OCR technology creates layers in PDF documents.

Donald Trump's Involvement

While billionaire Donald Trump was attempting to make a bid for the republican nomination for president in March 2011, he began looking into the validity of Barack Obama's birth certificate[12], stating that the "Certification of Live Birth" the White House released did not bear a signature of authenticity.[13] He also claimed that the release of Obama's birth certificate was because of his involvement in the process.[14] He continued to question Obama's birth certificate throughout 2012, tweeting[15] on August 6th, 2012 that the produced certificate was a fraud.

On October 22nd, 2012, Trump asserted he would be making a "very big" revelation about the president within two days.[16] On the 24th, Trump released a video stating he would donate $5 million dollars to the charity of the President's choice if he provided his college applications and records as well as his passport records by October 31st to the billionaire's satisfaction. Many news sources including CBS News[17], Business Insider[18] and the Huffington Post[19] claimed the announcement fell flat of his Twitter hype. In response, satirical news host Stephen Colbert made a counter offer to Trump, saying he would donate $1 million to the charity of his choice if he would allow Colbert to "dip his balls his in mouth."[20] The same night, Obama responded on The Tonight Show[21], joking that his feud with Trump dated back to when they were growing up together in Kenya.

Trump Admits Obama a U.S. Citizen

On September 16th, 2016, Donald Trump admitted in a statement while unveiling a new hotel in Washington D.C. that Obama was born in the United States, reversing a position he held for five years.[22] He also falsely[23] accused Hillary Clinton of starting the rumor. His statement led "birtherism" to trend on Twitter that day.

John Fugelsang @JohnFugelsang·15m Actually-it didn't, they're not and I can. #birtherism Brez Lowe @416_Die Hard @JohnFugelsang her inner circle started it 100% Facts are out there and you cannot deny them. £363 205

Patton Oswalt Φ @pattonoswalt. 30m Sure Hillary started #birtherism. It's why Obama made her Secretary of State. Are we even trying ae everyone to tired? 5821.5K

w. Kamau Bell @wkamaubell-58m Protip : We didn't need to create the word #birtherism. We already had a word for what that is. It's called racism. £3927 1.7K

Conservatives argued that Trump dropping that he had given up the birther movement was a trick to get them to cover an event where he also showed off his endorsements from military officials.[24] The New York Times[25] ran a piece the same day detailing Trump's long history with the conspiracy and condemning the racism beneath it.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Wiktionary – birther

[2] Politico – Birtherism – Where it all began

[3] Chicago Tribune – Is Barack Obama a US Citizen?

[4] National Review – Obama Could Debunk Some Rumors By Releasing His Birth Certificate

[5] Wayback Machine – Fight the Smears Obama Birth Certificate

[6] Gawker – Happy Where's the Birth Certificate Day, Barack Obama!

[7] Snopes – Trip Wire

[8] Fact Check – Born in the USA

[9] White House – long form birth certificate

[10] Talking Points Memo – With Drudge Report’s Help, Birthers Latch Onto Phony Forgery Theory

[11] National Review – PDF Layers in Obama's Birth Certificate

[12] Huffington Post – Donald Trump: Obama Birth Certificate Details Being Sought By Investigators In Hawaii

[13] Newsmax – Trump: New Facts Emerging on Obama Birth Certificate

[14] NY Daily News – Donald Trump: Obama's birth certificate was released because I put on the pressure

[15] US News – Wolf Blitzer Spars With Donald Trump Over Obama's Birth Certificate

[16] NY Daily News – Donald Trump teases ‘very big news’ about Obama on Wednesday

[17] CBS News – Donald Trump's "big" announcement is not so big

[18] Business Insider – Donald Trump Makes His 'Big' Announcement -- And It's A Total Disappointment

[19] Huffington Post – Was Donald Trump's Announcement A Gigantic, Pointless Waste Of Time Promulgated By A Venal Con Artist?

[20] Huffington Post – Colbert Offers Trump $1M To Dip Balls In His Mouth (VIDEO)

[21] Huffington Post – Barack Obama Laughs Off Feud With Donald Trump On 'The Tonight Show'

[22] CNN – Trump finally admits it: 'President Barack Obama was born in the United States'

[23] Politifact – Did Hillary Clinton start the Obama birther movement?

[24] Daily Caller – Media Outraged After Trump Tricks Them To Cover Endorsements From Military Heroes

[25] New York Times – Unwinding a Lie: Donald Trump and ‘Birtherism’

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Emperor Palpitoad
Emperor Palpitoad

in reply to Swordbreaker-04

"On September 16th, 2016, Donald Trump admitted in a statement while unveiling a new hotel in Washington D.C. that Obama was born in the United States, reversing a position he held for five years.[22] He also falsely[23] accused Hillary Clinton of starting the rumor. His statement led “birtherism” to trend on Twitter that day."

>hillary's new strategy
>pointing out past mistakes the other candidate has made

Holding an insulting position that the president is not a U.S. citizen for 5 whole years only to back out of it is pretty awful and does deserve to be pointed out. On top of it he actually blamed her of starting the rumor. The information is right there I don't get why you're calling legitimate past issues the candidate Trump has caused in the past 'irrelevant'. Is it irrelevant if a candidate has set the precedent they will make a bollocks accusation for 5 years just to make someone else look bad, only to further falsely blame someone else for starting it? That is not irrelevant, that is Hitlerian strategem being used by a U.S. candidate. Power magnifies the flaws of people. He absolutely deserves to be scrutinized as any other candidate for the highest position of power in one of the most powerful countries in the world should.


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