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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mike Huckabee goes full-bore Birther--and we're off!

Mike Huckabee is really not running. No, he's not. He says he's not. But if he were, he's saying his opponent was raised in Kenya, and sees things very differently as a result. Which isn't actually even true. But he's just sayin':

During an interview with The Steve Malzberg Show, Huckabee said the president, "having grown up in Kenya," would have a different - more hostile - perspective on the British:

I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, [is] very different than the average American.
He repeated the claim, saying:

...if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.

The Associated Press reports that a Huckabee adviser did not have an immediate explanation for Huckabee's comments

I took the liberty of putting the times he said "Kenya" or "Kenyan" in bold. For, you know, emphasis. Now, you know and I know, us being people of the world, that President Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia. But if you might have forgotten, he is technically an African-American and is rumored to be a progressive. Either of which he could most certainly be without any Kenyan connection whatsoever but hey--"Kenya, kenyan, commie-stan, Kenya, did I say Kenya?" It's easy to be verbally mistaken while making a point about a guy who wrote two detailed books about his own life story and is probably one of the most popular people in the world right now, by insisting he was raised in a country he's only visited by family members he just barely knew.  Of course Huckabee was not at all intending to say "OMG--he's a foreign guy! GAAAAHHAHHAHAHAHAH!"

It only came off that way to people paying attention, is all. Which isn't being a birther, after all. It's just, shall we say, "birther-adjacent"? Hmm.

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