Now that Donald Trump has gone birther on Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity suddenly thinks there’s “no issue” if Cruz was born in another country. But Hannity was one of Trump’s biggest birtherism boosters back when it was President Obama Trump (bogusly) accused of being born abroad.
Let’s take a walk down Hannity Memory Lane…
In 2011, Hannity repeatedly promoted Donald Trump’s utterly baseless attacks on President Obama’s birth certificate because, Trump suggested, it might show that Obama was not born in the U.S. There was never any doubt that Obama is an American citizen because his mother was one.
However, by the time of Trump began his birther campaign, President Obama had already released his birth certificate and an announcement of his birth in Hawaii had been found in a Hawaii newspaper.
Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, on the other hand, was actually born abroad. As PolitiFact explains, Cruz’s mother was American and his father was foreign, just like Obama's parents.
Yet last night, Hannity shrugged off concerns about Cruz’ eligibility. “I see no issue for Ted Cruz,” Hannity claimed. He also said that Cruz is “natural born” because he’s a citizen via his mother.
Then why did Hannity tell Obama to “get rid of this issue” by producing his long-form birth certificate, even though his legal, short-form birth certificate had already been produced? Or, when told that CNN had seen the birth certificate, Hannity said, “Never trust CNN.” Or “just asking, “Why can’t they just release the birth certificate, you know – and just move on?”
What “issue” did Hannity think Obama needed to “get rid of,” that Cruz doesn't, if being born abroad to an American mother doesn't matter?
I think we know the answer and it has nothing to do with citizenship or birthplace.
Watch the hypocrisy below, from the January 6 Hannity.
Updated with better video, via Media Matters.