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Yesterday, American Family Radio morning drive-time host Sandy Rios used the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi to promote birther lunacy.  In the process, she pushed claims that have been debunked several times over--not that anyone who listens to AFR would know.  

According to Rios, that reports of at least three Americans with ties to al-Qaeda raises staggering implications, given that "this is the country from where our president hails."  She then doubled down, claiming that Obama's cousin is former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, "a Muslim Communist."  No, this isn't snark--People for the American Way got a clip.

Odinga claimed back in December 2007, in the wake of the Kenyan presidential election, that he was Obama's cousin.  appeared to form the basis of a long-circulating email claiming that Obama and Odinga have long been in cahoots with each other, and that Obama even donated a million dollars to the Odinga campaign. Not so, says Snopes--which points out that Obama and Odinga are not biologically related and that at least one other candidate in the Kenyan election claimed to be related to Obama.  

Nonetheless, the wingnut fringe seized on it to peddle claims that Obama endorsed Odinga and actively campaigned for him.  Moreover, Odinga isn't a Muslim--he's a born-again Christian.

This isn't the first time that Rios has drunk the birther Kool-Aid.  Back in April, she claimed that Obama really didn't love this country because he wasn't born here to begin with.  You expect the fringe to push birther conspiracy theories even when they've been completely debunked.  But this is horribly grotesque even by birther and religious right standards.  

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  •  They just can't help themselves. (5+ / 0-)

    And it is racism. Pure and simple. As a white male I am very reluctant to pull either the racism or sexism trigger as I have been accused of both and have never consciously, at least, been either. That said, this bullshit is racist. It's so bloody racist that I can't even pretend to take those who continue to delve in it, to dog-whistle about it, to pretend that it's anything other than calling our president, a man a voted for two times, a racial epithet. It gets my blood up. Birtherism is racism. Pure and simple. I have a very good friend who essentially had a falling out with an old friend of his over this very issue. That's one of the reasons that I'm proud to be his friend. Racism is at best lunacy and at worst pure crystalline evil. And birtherism is racism. Shame on Sandy Rios. Just shame on her.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 03:52:40 PM PDT

  •  Birthers exist in a bottomless cesspool. (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Naniboujou, highacidity, mookins

    Just when you think they've sunk as far into the sewage as they could possibly get, you realize you were wrong. They outdo themselves and you see they still haven't reached the bottom. I'm very confident that the conspiracy ghouls will come up with far more offensive things to say about this incident than what Ms. Rios said yesterday.

    Wait until they start drawing the invisible lines between these terrorist and Keith Ellison.

    The worst is yet to come, I'm afraid.

  •  If he really is related to the Kenyan PM, then (0+ / 0-)

    the Republicans ought to love him, because Kenya is second only to Uganda when it comes to "kill the gay" legislation.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:56:31 PM PDT

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