Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dove head first into the birther movement on Thursday, arguing at a news conference in Phoenix that President Obama’s birth certificate is a fake and that crimes were committed in its creation.
…“It’s not over,” the sheriff said during the hour-long event. “This investigation is not over.”
The good news is that at least some members of the Sheriff’s own party, the Arizona GOP, are distancing themselves from the filth:
“Sheriff Joe reveals results of his Obama birth ‘investigation’ today,” former state Attorney General Grant Woods wrote on Twitter. “To say he has become an embarrassment is an understatement.”
Because, of course:
The bulk of the evidence that Arpaio’s investigators presented to the reporters seemed to come from theories that have been thoroughly debunked by other sources, including the conservative National Review Online.
Look. The multitudinous and myriad ways in which this entire conspiracy theory is racist, dangerous, crazy, and just plain wrong (in both senses of the word) eclipse my ability to even list them right now. I am like a fish gasping for air on the shore and wishing that she lived among a better class of fish. Humans. Whatever. I can’t stand it.
Here’s what some black folks had to say about this scandalous smear on our President’s name, back when he produced the goddamn long-form in the first place: “White Americans really need to shut up and listen.”
Here’s me expressing my constantly-on-low-boil fear for our President’s safety, because of the cumulative effect of the attacks on his legitimacy to serve: “The simple truth is that I fear for the President’s life.”
I wish I had a link to what Hawaiians are saying about this, because honest to God, do you think we’d be hearing this if he had been born on the mainland? (You know, where the white people live?) Every time the President goes home for vacation, it’s treated like he’s flown off to a foreign resort. IT’S A STATE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. (Mind you, his father was Kenyan and he is black. We’d probably still be hearing it. Because racist fearmongering must trump all!!1!)
That’s all I got: This is happening, still happening, happening again, because some people are so pickled in their hate and bigotry that they have gone and floated off from terra firma all together. And it makes me want to find a different world in which to live.