I was mildly amused the first time I heard the phrase “full birther.” It made me wonder what a half birther or a quarter birther was, following the example of the quarter, half, three quarter and full nelson wrestling holds.
What I found in practice was that the term “full birther” was not used in the literal sense to describe something like Victoria Jackson’s song, “Yes I’m a birther (and I’m really, really proud)” but rather some less specific birtheresque remark, sometimes posed as a question, or a qualification like “As far as I know.” Nowadays, “full birther” is not limited to Barack Obama, for example, those challenging the eligibility of Ted Cruz got the label far more often than Obama birthers.
The most recent example is found at Salon.com describing a Tweet from Ann Coulter criticizing Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, Japan, saying “For someone ‘born in Hawaii,’ you’d think Obama would prefer visiting Pearl Harbor.” A couple of quotation marks is sufficient to go full birther.
For someone "born in Hawaii," you’d think Obama would prefer visiting Pearl Harbor. pic.twitter.com/F3z1UwHVy9
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 27, 2016
Other people accused in the media of going “full birther”:
- John McCain
- Donald Trump
- Jennifer Granholm
- Breitbart News
- Fox News
- Mike Huckabee
- Boris Johnson (mayor of London)
- Katrina Pierson (spokesperson for Trump)
- Rush Limbaugh
- Rand Paul
- Prof. Charles E. Rice
- Democratic Twitter Account
- Ted Nugent
- Mitt Romney
- Sarah Palin
- Rep. Alan Grayson
- Alan West