Republican Congressman From Texas Refuses to Say Obama Was Legitimately Elected President

farentholdYou’d think after two different forms of President Obama’s birth certificate being released, “birthers” would be nothing more than people who live on the fringe parts of the Republican party.  But you’d think by now every member of Congress had simply accepted the reality that the president is an American and he is legitimately the President of the United States.

Well, apparently one Texas Congressman still refuses to admit that Barack Obama was legitimately elected president.

Speaking with Chris Matthews on Hardball, Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold was asked to discuss Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the controversies surrounding his push for a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, as well as Cruz’s possible 2016 presidential bid.

Well, when the issue of Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president came up, Rep. Farenthold decided to take a jab at President Obama and his legitimacy as President of the United States.

When asked if he felt Cruz was eligible to run for President, Farenthold said, “Listen, we’ve had this discussion on Obama, he’s as eligible as Obama is.”

To which Chris Matthews pushed back, saying, “Can you repeat after me: he was legitimately elected president.”

Farenthold responded, “President Obama was elected president.”

“Legitimately,” said Matthews.

“The people elected him,” Farenthold followed with.

Still, even when pushed, Farenthold simply refused to say Obama was legitimately elected President of the United States.

Matthews went out of his way to give him every chance to simply say, “Barack Obama was legitimately elected president” — but he blatantly refused to do so.

Now, there are about three possible reasons for this.  It could be that Farenthold represents a district so radically right that even him saying the words “President Obama is legitimately the President of the United States” might cost him his job.  Sadly, we still live in a country with districts in certain states that are that blinded by hatred for the president.  It could also be that Farenthold himself is so blinded by ignorance and hate that he simply refused to believe the overwhelming facts that Obama is a legitimately elected president.  Or, perhaps the saddest and most likely option of all — it could be both. 

It’s just ridiculous that in 2013 there are still sitting conservative members of Congress who refuse to say the words, “Obama was legitimately elected president.”  Either because they’re just too damn ignorant to face facts and/or because there are really that many birthers that still exist within their voting constituency that if they were to publicly say he’s the legitimate president, they would suffer politically.

And these people want us to take them seriously?  Give me a damn break.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Daddycool67

    Fetal alcohol syndrome?

    Or traumatic brain injury?

    • Tamaracboy

      Terminal Blerf !

      • Gary Smith

        More like terminal fatass

      • gemma liar

        please google : steatopygous,,,,,,,, and napiform!

  • Ian M McDonald

    “Derp herpa derpa black. Not Murican der phrapp blaurgh.”

  • shopper

    Was George W. Bush ‘legitimately’ elected president? would be my answer. Don’t think we actually had the answer on how to do that one but we accepted it and paid the price. At least we know Obama’s mother was a citizen so where he was born doesn’t really matter.

    • Tamaracboy

      When the FINAL count was eventually done in Florida in 2001. He had NOT won the state.

      • Chris

        And if his father hadn’t loaded the courts they would not have unconstitutionally interfered. But who check the final check on constitutionality.

      • davidsherr

        True, but it’s also true that if Joe Biden had been doing his job instead of laughing and joking and playing to the camera, Thomas would not be on the Court. Joe got rid of Bork and Thomas is even worse. I swore I would never vote for that clown and was very angry when Obama selected him. I voted for them.

      • dave.lefevre

        I still can’t believe I have to tell people this: Jeb Bush illegitimately purged the voter rolls of likely Democratic voters. This has been well documented but is STILL not well known. Way more likely Democratic voters were purged than the number of votes cast for Nader. We must never forget that THIS was when the election was stolen.

      • Toomuchcoffeeguy

        Actually, when the final count was done in the ONE county that Gore challenged, Gore had not won that county. However, when the CNN recount for the entire state of Florida was finished, it turned out that Gore had actually won several counties that were not counted for him, and would have won the state. The reason Gore lost is because he only challenged the results of one county, and as it turns out it was the wrong county. This is easily looked up, and it’s really very sad that 39 people liked your comment without checking it’s validity.

    • Elisabeth Jondahl

      Except that Obama was born in Hawaii. So it’s a non-issue.

      • dave.lefevre

        but to the no nothing derpers, Hawaii is just Kenya east!

      • gemma liar

        Hawaii was part of Kenya at that moment: annexed BACK to USA later that evening

    • Geoclac

      The fact that the president was born in the United States should eliminate all argument, but the people who are birthers would oppose him anyway, for obvious reasons.

      • Rodney Levenduski

        Are you avoiding using the phrase ” Bigoted against Blacks”?

      • APO

        That is not a fact, it is easy enough to register a child’s birth. No one ever looks at the child when you register it. All you had to do was walk in and ask to have the kid registered.

      • Geoclac

        So, APO, you believe that, in 1962, some shadowy organization, who somehow knew that Barack Obama would some day run for president, laid a false trail in government records and local newspapers, not to mention with the neighbors of his grandparents, so that he could later fake being president?

    • Jay

      GWB was selected by the SCOTUS first time, and votes manipulated in Florida and Ohio the second time. This is proven.

      • theabby

        Watch the movie “Recount”. It’s spot on ! W should not have won.

      • Sam Brosenberg

        He won fair and square in the 2004 election, by all the evidence I’ve seen. However it’s 100% clear that he received the Presidency as a gift on a silver platter from his brother, and SCOTUS, in 2000.

  • Tamaracboy

    What part of “Texas” didn’t you understand ? ?

    • CharlieSelf

      I don’t understand ANY part of Texas, a least not since I grew up.

      • CappyM

        well, there’s Austin and…. uh…

      • gemma liar

        donnnnn’ U be dissin my lousy cowboys,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • worrierking

    Maybe it has something to do with the number two. The right doesn’t seem to understand Article 2 of the Constitution or the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

  • Pipercat

    The 27th Congressional district is one of the most gerrymandered in the State of Texas. Besides the obvious need for the Congressman to change his diet, he is beholding to a very red district.

    • Jim

      Right on, all you have to do is look at the map. Corporate rice farmers and coastal rich folks, plus Corpus.

  • Stacy Stowe

    The man produced a birth certificate, his mother is a US citizen…how many people have gone into labor outside of their own countries and have had to give birth elsewhere? Oh! Let me guess….in a world with 6 billion plus people….none? The man was elected president by the majority, Mitt Romney was defeated because he couldn’t & wouldn’t release the tax returns and prove that he paid the same taxes as ordinary American citizens. If he couldn’t show accountability for that, how can he be trusted with our country? What it all boils down to is we had to pick the lesser of the two evils. The man was elected by the people, get over it!

    • Lawana

      Don’t forget that all important comment that low income didn’t matter they were part of the 49%.

  • Aquarama

    ‘Cuz the Klan in his home town would not like if he said: “legitimately”.

    • Most of the voters in his district can’t spell “legitimately.”

  • We are so severely gerrymandered here in Texas that yes, he probably loses the next primary by saying “legitimately”. Blame the Texas legislature and their over-the-top redistricting.

  • katiemika

    you have got to be kidding me….you’re an idiot!!!

  • MaryJOGrady

    This Congressman Farenthold was elected from a district that includes Corpus Christi, a city which is absolutely idiotic. I have not had to go there for years, but around 2007 or so, a downtown restaurant still had “Freedom Fries” painted on their front window. The bay is pretty and the people are brain-damaged.

    • James Ingram

      Considering the education requirements in Texas, I suppose he is reasonably intelligent. He probably doesn’t know how to judge legitimacy.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Texas also features the University of Texas at Austin, the M.D. Anderson cancer research center, Rice University, and a few other intellectual havens.

      • Pipercat

        San Antonio is no Conservative bastion. The Mayor, his brother my Congressman and the fabulous Leticia Van De Putte, my State Senator! I voted for the first time in Texas in 2012; primarily because the ballot was multicolored instead of just red…

  • Jeff Barber

    This character needs dental work and to stop gorging (he has two chins). With all the free health insurance they get you would think he could just do it!

  • Mel

    I’m so tempted to name-call here, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, these people are jokes.

  • Mel

    My guess is he wasn’t 100% positive what the word legitimately meant, so he couldn’t be sure what he was agreeing with.

  • Birthers first off, have enormous double standards. But they also have cognitive dissonance. Plainly put, they are basically too stupid to realize they have double standards.

    • gemma liar

      and in his case a terrific double chin

  • Ann Kosa

    What an amazing schmo.

  • dave.lefevre

    We need to end gerrymandering in a desperate way. It means human filth like this guy can get to Congress.

  • freethefearful

    I live in Texas, and am embarrassed that we seem to lead the nation in nuts.

    • katherine norton malek

      If I lived in TX I would move. I feel for any normal person who has to live under that govmnt, except Wendy & a sparse few, they’re all still in a Biblical era.

  • Dan

    yeh, another millionaire congressman. bet he even voted to cut snap benefits. from his pic, i can tell he hasn’t missed any meals…

  • Nknow

    That dude should drop the conspiracy theories… and while he’s at it he should also drop the twinkees, Ho ho’s and bon bons.

    • gemma liar

      and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, drop that sexy steatopygous look which does so well in regressive texas churches with those low IQ texas “cattle” women???

  • Lawrence Mintz


    • gemma liar

      the idiots have invaded,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • Sam Brosenberg

      I wouldn’t call it inherited, so much as violently seized.

  • Emmy Dogg

    What about Ted Cruz then?

  • gemma liar

    if U looked like that mocropenile soon2be alopecial troll YOU would not want to irk those blind lemmings who voted him in either,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, wann abet he is on the ANTI abortion bandwagon? I men: what halfway decent looking NON steatopygous women would want ANYTHING to do ( physically) with that toad? Typical regressive bottom dweller

  • theabby

    Blake Farenthold is a moron.

  • Jay


  • MassVeteran

    I understand those who say that discuss the legitimacy of “W” being Presidency, but Gore conceded and that is the end of story. It does blow my mind that the Presidency was stolen but “W” was legitimate just the same. So while a majority of us understand it, it is amazing that their is still a significant number of Americans’ that refuse to believe the President is legitiment, but understand this! Ted Cruz is a welcome candidate. Any Democrat that loses to Cruz, we are definitely at the end of times. I know idiots who are far more qualified than Ted Cruz. But Cruz “BY OUR CONSTITUTION” is not eligible! Not even close. I have questions that have not been answered about McCain born in an American Hospital in Panama, and more so because I have a child born in Wiesbaden, Germany. I am not sure my child can run for Presidency. I am not sure McCain was eligible, again read the Constitution. I of course believe you are born in an American Hospital overseas with American parents you should be eligible but we should make an Amendment that clarifies it. It should not be in the hands moronic members of congress. just saying.

  • Scott Sourile

    I never understood the eligibility rule to begin with. The President (I believe, I could be wrong) is the only office in which you have to be born in the US to be. I can maybe understand the argument that maybe the Founding Fathers had some resentment of the possibility of the High Office being filled with a potential British or other foreign sympathizers, but is that still necessary today? I mean we have people brought here before they turned three years old and have grown to love this country. Should they not have the same right run for the same offices as someone who was more fortunate in being born here? I mean, it’s not like someone get to choose where they were born, nor where they are brought as a child. Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100 percent behind the eligibility of President Obama, but it might be time to amend that rule. Thankfully that rule for now may keep crazy fucks like Cruz out, but still. Even he should have the same opportunity as anyone else raised in this country.

  • Michael Wagner

    In a state with many embarrassing leaders, Blake is right up there at the top. He should be run out of South Texas!

  • Jo Hargis

    Phew, this guy is just repulsive.

  • sharon

    the guy is a tick turd ignorant fool , you can’t teach stupid people the truth . they aren’t even worth talking to . waist of words