Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who recently lost his bid for a seventh term, announced today that he and Chief Investigator Mike Zullo have new information regarding President Obama’s birth certificate.
That’s correct. President Obama, who has fought racist “birther” rumors throughout his eight years as president, is still being accused of having presented a fake birth certificate to the American people. Never mind the fact that he never should have had to make such a presentation in the first place.
The statement, released by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, explains that Arpaio and Zullo will, on Thursday, December 15, “be presenting their newest revelations to the years long investigation of the birth certificate presented by the White House in 2011 of President Obama.”
Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio, who lost his bid for re-election, has revived his investigation into President Obama's citizenship pic.twitter.com/RCryZPbSff
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) December 14, 2016
Even President-elect Donald Trump, one of the most fervent supporters of the belief that President Obama was born outside the United States, eventually broke down and conceded that Obama has always been a U.S. citizen.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” Trump said in September of this year. “Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”
After Trump made this announcement, Arpaio told the Surprise Tea Party Patriots, the group that initially petitioned him to investigate the birth certificate, that he was not going to give up his investigation into the document, which he claims was forged.
“I don’t care where he’s from,” Arpaio said of President Obama. “We are looking at a forged document. Period.”
Mike Zullo also commented on Trump’s statement, calling it a “punch in the gut” that was “unexpected.” Zullo also said that he thought the concession was a “strategic” move on Donald Trump’s part.
“It’s not going to deter us,” Zullo told the Surprise Tea Party Patriots. “It’s not going to stop us. I am closer than ever.”
The fact that Arpaio and Zullo are holding this press conference about President Obama’s birth certificate when he will leave the White House in just over a month is not exactly shocking. Arpaio has always been one for a spectacle. In the past, though, the Sheriff’s announcements have appeared to serve as distractions from his other problems.
For example, in July of 2012, Arpaio scheduled a news conference to discuss his findings two days before the beginning of a civil-rights case against his agency. He also scheduled a conference in May of the same year, the day before the lawsuit against his agency was filed.
Perhaps Arpaio is trying to distract from the fact that he lost his bid for Sheriff. Or maybe, as this Twitter user suggests, he is trying to distract from the most recent Trump/Russia drama.
How much did Trump and GOP pay him to put this out to distract from Russia hacking?
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Either way, it doesn’t seem to be too much a stretch to say that tomorrow’s announcement will likely be underwhelming.
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