Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) is taking birtherism to a new extreme. Walberg, who's running for his old seat, said at a town hall event this week that President Obama could be impeached for not showing his birth certificate to a group of people including Rush Limbaugh.
Walberg: "Well, I'm going to take him at his word that he's an American citizen. I don't know why it's not resolved, other than the fact that the President hasn't resolved it yet... I mean, if I had to do it, I'd just simply -- of course, I had to show my birth certificate in order to be on the ballot. But if I were gonna do it, I'd call Rush Limbaugh, Alan Colmes, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and maybe one justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Call 'em all into a room and lay out my birth certificate on the table.
"And maybe it's for personal reasons. I don't want the numbers to be shown to the media or whatever else. But say, now all of you take a look at it. Tell me what you find. Now go and report it. Have it done with. . . . But the fact of the matter is that the Executive has an awful lot of power to keep from showing certain things unless the courts will stand up to him. Or unless Congress, in majority, will stand up -- up to and including impeachment. And the Republicans don't have the majority."
Walberg is in a close race in Michigan's 7th congressional district against U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek).
This was not Walberg's first brush with birtherism. In September, Walberg said on a Michigan radio call-in show that he "really didn't know" if Obama was a citizen. He later said he "took the president at his word" that he was.
Walberg's latest rant made MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olberman:
And The Ed Show:
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