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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