Proven-American (I assume) senator Richard Shelby has an issue with his President. Saturday the Republican from Alabama said:
Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate. You have to be born in America to be president.
Shelby was responding to a question from a constituent about whether there was any truth to the rumor that Obama wasn't a US citizen.
He has since said that it was a "throwaway line" and that he doesn't have any doubt that Obama is eligible to be president. Still, why would he choose to perpetrate this line of "attack" on the president. No other president has had his citizenship questioned, even in a "throwaway line."
Is this "he's not one of us" narrative dangerous, or do you think Shelby's comments were harmless?