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Bernie Sanders calls birtherism “racist”

In a town hall meeting this week in Charleston, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate called birther challenges to Barack Obama racist. He said:

What you are seeing in this Supreme Court situation is nothing more than the continuous unprecedented obstructionism that President Obama has gone through. And this is on top of the birther issue which we heard from Donald Trump and others, a racist effort to try to delegitimize the President of the United States. Can you imagine that? To think, well he’s not really the president. He wasn’t born in the United States, which is nonsense. You know it’s a funny thing on that issue. … My dad, as I mentioned, came from Poland. I’m running for president. Guess what? Nobody has asked for my birth certificate. Maybe it’s the color of my skin. I don’t know.


Clearly Sanders was going for the Obot voting block in the South Carolina Democratic Primary this Saturday. Kidding aside, Bernie Sanders is not polling well against Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, and one issue that will help decide the race is “who is the better friend of Barack Obama?” Racism remains an issue in the state as we still mourn the shooting at a black church in Charleston by a man who wanted to trigger a race war. What to do with the Confederate Flag subsequently removed from above the State Capitol remains in the news. Just this past Tuesday I was working on a Habitat house across the street from a house that had a hybrid South Carolina State / Confederate Battle flag flying from its front porch. CNN recently highlighted the impact of the racial divide in the state:

Clinton’s lead rests heavily on the state’s black voters and women. Both groups made up a majority of voters in the 2008 primary there. Among black voters, she leads 65% to 28%, and among women, she leads 60% to 33%. White voters break in Sanders’ favor, 54% for the Vermont senator to 40% for the former secretary of state, while men are about evenly divided between the two, 49% Clinton to 45% Sanders.

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30 Responses to Bernie Sanders calls birtherism “racist”

  1. avatar
    bob February 25, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    In the unclear-on-the-concept department: Rondeau requested to see Sanders’ birth certificate.

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    Pete February 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    What’s to go after? Sanders’ father became a US citizen 14 years before Bernie was born.

    Born in Brooklyn to two US citizen parents. Even to the idiotic birthers, Bernie’s a natural born citizen.

    Except… wait… MAYBE his mom slept with the milkman, who wasn’t a US citizen, and then flew off to Poland to have Bernie… I think a birth certificate isn’t what we need. We need a DNA test and travel records.

    That’ll lay this controversy to rest.

    Unless, of course, the DNA test is faked.

  3. avatar
    aarrgghh February 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    atlah no mo?

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    Scientist February 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Pete: What’s to go after? Sanders’ father became a US citizen 14 years before Bernie was born.

    Yes, but he changed his name. Must have been hiding something. So did Trump’s grandfather. They are both disqualified, Hillary wins by acclamation.

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    bob February 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    Pete:
    What’s to go after? Sanders’ father became a US citizen 14 years before Bernie was born.

    Sanders point (I believe) is “Where’s your papers, boy?” No one “doubts” that Sanders was born in the United States to two citizen parents at the time of his birth. And no one doubts Sanders, not because of the superiority of his evidence, but because of the pigment of his skin.

    By way of example: Apuzzo went on Boyles’ show today, and they both said they have been accused of being a racists. They then proceeded to discuss a wholly imaginary eligibility “rule” of that just so happens to exclude every candidate of color.

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    Scientist February 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    David Duke encouraged his listeners to vote for Trump and said voting for Cruz or Rubio is “really treason to your heritage”. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/270731-david-duke-encourages-listeners-to-vote-for-trump

    But, of course, it’s not about race……

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    bob February 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    bob: They then proceeded to discuss a wholly imaginary eligibility “rule” that just so happens to exclude every candidate of color

    Except Carson; to their credit, they didn’t question Carson’s eligibility.

    (Damn edit timer!)

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    J.D. Sue February 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    Scientist: David Duke encouraged his listeners to vote for Trump and said voting for Cruz or Rubio is “really treason to your heritage”. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/270731-david-duke-encourages-listeners-to-vote-for-trump

    But, of course, it’s not about race…

    ____

    “[The Trump Campaign is] screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”

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    J.D. Sue February 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    bob: No one “doubts” that Sanders was born in the United States to two citizen parents at the time of his birth. And no one doubts Sanders, not because of the superiority of his evidence, but because of the pigment of his skin.


    Your previous reference to Rondeau made me look it up. Apparently, after Bernie spoke up about anti-Obama birtherism, Rondeau sent Bernie’s campaign a request for his BC and his father’s naturalization papers. Regarding the latter, she says:

    “Research conducted over the last eight years by various parties indicates that at the time the Constitution was drafted, the citizenship of the father determined that of the child. Therefore, it would be important to know whether or not Mr. Sanders’ birth to an ‘immigrant’ father occurred before or after his father was naturalized as a U.S. citizen, if he was.

    My request therefore includes a certified copy of Mr. Sanders’s father’s naturalization documentation, if it exists. These documents can be obtained by Mr. Sanders without impediment since he has a direct and tangible interest in both records.”

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2016/02/01/the-post-email-requests-birth-certificate-of-presidential-candidate-bernie-sanders/

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    Crustacean February 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    “Various parties”? Well, that settles it. Rondeau is a legit journalist, all right! And I’m the Marquess of Hexham*.

    *we get extra credit for Downton Abbey references, don’t we?

    Sharon Rondeau: Research conducted over the last eight years by various parties…

  11. avatar
    Sam the Centipede February 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    I think you are misunderstanding birthers’ use of the term “research”. It doesn’t involve libraries, questions to relevant authorities, verification, etc. For birthers, “research” is exclusively extracted from the rectal orifice and dumped as a smelly pile on a webpage. Yes, Rondeau did her “research”.

    Rondeau’s “research by various parties” was no doubt conducted in the communal latrine that is the birther web presence and the sewer of racist hate that is her mind.

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    Pete February 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Therefore, it would be important to know whether or not Mr. Sanders’ birth to an ‘immigrant’ father occurred before or after his father was naturalized as a U.S. citizen, if he was.

    Google is our friend, Sharon.

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    CRJ February 26, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    Any Candidate for President [ mocking ] the qualifications for President found in the U.S. Constitution is not going to be a very Constitution Republic defender and upholder.

    The statement of the qualification for President as a [racist] issue is in fact ruled in racism. Bernie is not doing well in that department with such a racially insinuating statement. .he’s losing the South and has little interest in true Justice Reform with sick satements like that which are so easily dispelled with multiple actions against McCain in ’08.

    “Can you imagine saying the President isn’t qualified..”?

    Hey, Senator Sanders, can you imagine a Republic for which we stand with Justice for ALL? You probably can’t being so diluted and polluted in your desire to take away and distribute according to your Kingship Communisitic Dictatorship Plan that will take the entire incentive out of America replacing it with a majority ruled democracy, that you are head of that has forgotten about individual rights and especially protections for the Minorities you facist racist idiot!

    Private Property is in real danger with Bernie’s burn

    Suspend your Campaign and resign your U.S. Senator position -go live in North Korea or Cuba where I’m sure you’ll be happier.
    Check out @CodyRobertJudy’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/CodyRobertJudy/status/701098288108273665

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    Thrifty February 26, 2016 at 7:46 am #

    Bernie Sanders isn’t mocking the constitutional eligibility requirements for the presidency. He’s mocking the inconsistency of people who care about it. Birthers have relentlessly demanded proof of the birth status of Barack Obama (and now Ted Cruz), but every white candidate, they’ve just taken their word for it.

    Please tell me, for example, how you know Donald Trump is a natural born citizen.

    CRJ:
    Any Candidate for President [ mocking ] the qualifications for President found in the U.S. Constitution is not going to be a very Constitution Republic defender and upholder.

  15. avatar
    brygeneon February 26, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    J.D. Sue quoted S. Rondeau:

    J.D. Sue: “Research conducted over the last eight years by various parties indicates that at the time the Constitution was drafted, the citizenship of the father determined that of the child.”

    I don’t know each individual Birther’s deal, but don’t tell me eight years is a coincidence. If it’s not bigotry, where’s their research from before they felt the need to deny the black man with the Muslim name?

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    Arthur B. February 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Thrifty: Please tell me, for example, how you know Donald Trump is a natural born citizen.

    And, for that matter, why “Private Property is in real danger with Bernie’s burn”
    but not with Trump’s greedy penchant for Eminent Domain.

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    CRJ February 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    Thrifty: but every white candidate, they’ve just taken their word for it.

    Pull your head out of that Dark Abyss and liven up to some Facts

    I believe McCain is classified Caucasion

    https://dockets.justia.com/docket/nevada/nvdce/2:2008cv01162/61642

    You know, it proves how weak the anti birther movement really is when they resort to falisies and false premises to promote their propaganda. It simply doesn’t work with the Record. The agenda is destroyed with a glance of the Federal Court Record.

  18. avatar
    CRJ February 26, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    Need to bury that WEAK argument very deep in your a*s and never bring it up again.

    https://twitter.com/CodyRobertJudy/status/703429317296914433

  19. avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater February 27, 2016 at 12:02 am #

    CRJ: Need to bury that WEAK argument very deep in your a*s and never bring it up again.

    So what was buried in yours during the time you spent in prison?

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    bob February 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    CRJ:
    Need to bury that WEAK argument very deep in your a*s and never bring it up again.

    https://twitter.com/CodyRobertJudy/status/703429317296914433

    Only Judy would see filing frivolous lawsuits as a badge of pride.

  21. avatar
    Reality Check February 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    I can’t imagine having your entire life revolve around filing frivolous lawsuits and pretending to be a candidate for president. That would be sad indeed.

    bob: Only Judy would see filing frivolous lawsuits as a badge of pride.

  22. avatar
    Rickey February 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Reality Check:
    I can’t imagine having your entire life revolve around filing frivolous lawsuits and pretending to be a candidate for president. That would be sad indeed.

    Judy indulges a fantasy that Hillary Clinton will be nominated by the Democrats, that she will then be indicted because of her e-mail server, and the party will then turn to him to be their savior.

    Of course, Judy isn’t on the ballot in South Carolina today (although someone named Willie Wilson is), nor is he on any other state’s ballot. He will go into the Democratic convention with zero delegates and zero name recognition, and anyone who Googles his name will see “Judy pleads guilty to bomb threat.”

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    bob February 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Reality Check:
    I can’t imagine having your entire life revolve around filing frivolous lawsuits and pretending to be a candidate for president.

    It could be a form of repression, i.e., it is easier for Judy to fantasize that he is some sort of patriot rather than deal with the reality that he’s a convicted felon who terrorized thousands.

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    Rickey February 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    bob: It could be a form of repression, i.e., it is easier for Judy to fantasize that he is some sort of patriot rather than deal with the reality that he’s a convicted felon who terrorized thousands.

    I’m anxiously waiting for him to report on how many delegates he picked up in South Carolina yesterday.

  25. avatar
    Notorial Dissent February 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    I’m sorry if I missed it, but when has there ever been anything attributed to Judy that did not scream waste of a life? As far as I can determine, he has nothing to fall back on, no past laurels or accomplishments, and the only things he can list on his CV are lying convicted felon and repeatedly failed non-candidate for President. His life it would seem has just been a succession of moving from one epic fail to another.

  26. avatar
    bob February 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    In the really-unclear-on-the-concept department: Rondeau says that she’s going to again request to see Sanders’ birth certificate.

    Rondeau’s latest article is titled “Bernie Sanders Claims Again: ‘Nobody Has Asked for My Birth Certificate,'” but it would be more accurate if it said, “A Nobody Has Asked for My Birth Certificate.”

  27. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    He tied for third place in delegates won.

    Rickey: I’m anxiously waiting for him to report on how many delegates he picked up in South Carolina yesterday.

  28. avatar
    Reality Check February 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    I assume that means 0?

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    He tied for third place in delegates won.

  29. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    Well, yes.

    Reality Check: I assume that means 0?

  30. avatar
    Pete February 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    At least he tied for third place in delegates won. That’s something.

    It’s just as good as coming in second in a two-man duel. Maybe better.