We all know that logic isn’t a strong suit for Glenn Beck, but on his radio show today while trying to defend Mitch McConnell’s pandering to the Obama is a Muslim movement, Beck managed to claim that Barack Obama is the biggest birther of all, “You know who the biggest birther is? Barack Obama.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
While he and his crew were trying to defend Mitch McConnell’s lame response to the question of whether or not Obama is Christian from two weeks ago on Meet The Press, Beck said, “If you are birther, which I’m not, if you are a birther, you know who the biggest birther is? Barack Obama. He brought up again this weekend, what I gotta walk around with my birth certificate on my forehead? Nobody was asking you a question about that…This is what he wants.”
Beck is completely wrong. According to the transcript, Brian Williams did bring up the birther issue during the NBC Nightly News interview. Williams said, “Mr. President, you’re an American born Christian.” Obama replied, “Keep in mind, those two things — American born and Muslim — are not the same. So — but I understand your point.” Later he added what Beck referred to, “Well, look, Brian, I — I would say that I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead. (LAUGHS) It — it is what — the facts are the facts. And so, it’s not something that I can I think spend all my time worrying about. And I don’t think the American people want me to spend all my time worrying about it.”
Most importantly, Beck’s point makes no sense on multiple levels. Obama does not gain politically from either the birther or the secret Muslim attacks. He is not floating these out there himself. People like the fans of Glenn Beck are. Secondly, how can Obama be a birther? Does this mean that the President is questioning his own birth place? Is the President demanding of himself his own birth certificate? It seems that Glenn has moved on from labeling Obama a racist to calling Obama a birther.
If Obama is exploiting the birther attacks for political gain, then by that standard Sarah Palin is also a birther, because she never misses a chance to whine and complain about those out there on the Internet who believe that Trig Palin is not her son, and demand that the see proof that she actually gave birth to her favorite political prop. The difference between Palin and Obama is that she goes out of her way to bring “Babygate” up, while Obama has done everything short of walking around with a birth certificate “pasted to his forehead” as he said to dispel the racist birther accusations. By blaming Obama, Beck is attempting to legitimize birtherism, and he demonstrated once again just how far into the gutter he is willing to sink to smear Barack Obama.