I love how Republicans continue to insist that their unwavering disdain for President Obama has nothing to do with race, yet accusations are made about him that would never have been made if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s half African-American and his name is Barack Hussein Obama.
The most infamous element of this racism was of course the “birther” movement, where millions of Americans (and even some members of Congress) demanded that President Obama produce a long-form copy of his birth certificate.
And even when he did, birthers still doubted that it was authentic.
Another ridiculous accusation many of these people have made is that Obama has connections to Islamic radicals who want to undermine the United States. This one is a bit more fringe than “birthers,” but it’s still a conspiracy that’s been fairly consistent with many on the far right since he was elected in 2008.
Well, convicted felon Tom DeLay recently came out calling for President Obama’s impeachment and an investigation into his “connections to radical Islamists.”
All because President Obama exchanged five Taliban prisoners for the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl.
DeLay said that the House ought to impeach Obama to “serve as a warning” to any future presidents about “undermining the rule of law.”
He also added that the House should open an investigation into Obama’s “connections to radical Islamists” and his “leaning and having too much sympathy for radical Islamists.”
Apparently to DeLay, unless you proudly admit to committing war crimes as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have all admitted to doing, you’re “sympathetic” towards Islamists.
And I love how after five years of captivity DeLay thinks this deal hints at Obama having “connections to radical Islamists.” If President Obama really did have connections to radical Islamic groups, he wouldn’t have spent five years trying to get Bergdahl back.
Also let’s not ignore the fact that since Obama became president we’ve killed Osama bin Ladin, increased our drone strikes used against terrorists and have yet to close Guantanamo Bay. Not exactly events that I would categorize as “friendly toward Islamic radicals.” In fact, his use of drone strikes and not closing Guantanamo Bay are two things that have actually made him very unpopular with many liberals.
Then again, these are words spoken from a convicted felon who said not too long ago that “God wrote the Constitution.” So he’s not someone I would call overly credible – on anything at all.
But maybe instead of DeLay worrying about some ridiculous conspiracies about President Obama, he should focus on his ongoing battle to overturn his money laundering and conspiracy convictions.
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