Former RNC Chair Steele: Birtherism Is ‘Bullsh-t Racism’

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On this week’s edition of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN’s “The Axe Files,” a podcast hosted by the former chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns David Axelrod, former RNC Chair Michael Steele said “birtherism” questions about the birthplace of Obama are “bullshit racism.”

Steele said, “I still look at Barack Obama, I had then and I have now a real distaste for the birtherism discussion because that is nothing more than bullshit racism—excuse my French. Because you cannot say to me that given the 400 plus years of this country, that at the very moment the country decides to elect the first black man president of the United States, you going to ask for his papers? Seriously? Seriously? I can go all day long about what’s wrong with Syria and economic policy and foreign policy with this administration. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit here and say ‘You need to show me your papers first.’ That’s not how this works.”

(h/t TPM)

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