Republicans were silent as Romney played the Birther card

The 2016 Republican presidential field is shocked—shocked!—that front-runner Donald Trump refused to correct a questioner insisting President Obama is a Muslim foreigner. Recalling one of the finest moments for the GOP’s 2008 nominee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealingly explained, “This happens to all of us. It happened to John McCain. You have to push back.” But in 2012, none of the GOP’s best and brightest pushed back when their man Mitt Romney casually played the Birther card.

As a quick backward glance shows, it wasn’t just Romney surrogates like John Sununu wishing “this president would learn how to be an American.” On July 17, 2012, Mitt got in on the act, too, telling listeners that “his course is extraordinarily foreign.” Two days later, Romney repeated the charge in response to the growing outcry about his mystery tax returns, shockingly low tax rate and private equity parasitism

“This idea of criticizing and attacking success, of demonizing those in all walks of life who have been successful, is so foreign to us we simply can’t understand it.”

When Governor Romney wasn’t accusing the president of the United States of being “extraordinarily foreign,” he was providing aid and comfort to conservative fabulists claiming they could prove it. After all, Mitt Romney didn’t just refuse to repudiate his Obama birth certificate fraud Donald Trump. Truth be damned, Romney suggested, instead arguing that cobbling together a majority—any majority—was what his candidacy was all about:

“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

Among those “good people” were Romney’s five sons, the same ones Mitt boasted in 2007 said “showing support for our nation” by “helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.” The Five Brothers also regurgitated the Birther lies vomited forth by the likes of Limbaugh, Trump and Romney campaign traveling companion Jerome Corsi. When Tagg Romney wasn’t joking about “taking a swing” at President Obama, his brother Matt got laughs from New Hampshire Republicans when he brushed off requests for his father’s secret tax returns this way:

“I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate …then maybe he’ll do it.”

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