Birtherism 3.0

The target this time: Nikki Haley.

Via NBC News: Trump promotes ‘totally baseless’ birther conspiracy theory against Nikki Haley.

Donald Trump, the chief propagator of false “birther” claims first against then-President Barack Obama and later against Sen. Ted Cruz, has a new target: Nikki Haley.

As Haley surges in New Hampshire polling, Trump posted an article on his Truth Social account from a right-wing outlet that claimed Haley, his GOP rival, is ineligible to be president because her parents were not U.S. citizens when she was born. 

Haley was born in South Carolina and has lived in the U.S. her entire life. Her parents were immigrants, who became citizens after her birth in 1972

Gee, it’s like he is more than willing to stoke xenophobia and racism in the hopes of tearing down political opponents! And that he thinks nothing of sharing bogus conspiracy-based “analysis” to boot!

It never fails to amaze me that his public behavior would almost certainly torpedo his application for any normal job, and yet he has a nontrivial chance to be president again.

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  1. Beth says:

    I guess that kills her VP chances. Sad.

  2. Kathy says:

    Why wonders why the Orange Fool doesn’t file suit in court or petitions to secretaries of state to keep Haley off the ballot in all 50 states.

    Come to think of it, was that ever done in the case of Obama in 2008 or 2012?

    Given how certain the conspiracists are of their theories, surely they are not afraid to have them tested in court or before the appropriate authorities.

  3. CSK says:

    Stupid and ill-informed as the MAGAs are, even they should know better than to fall for this.

  4. ptfe says:

    @CSK: Hahahahahahahahaha they still pay his bills. He probably gets paid more when there’s just that little bit of Birtherism.

  5. SenyorDave says:

    If possible I would feel less than zero sympathy for her. She’s already said she would pardon Trump as president if he were to be convicted.

  6. gVOR10 says:


    Stupid and ill-informed as the MAGAs are, even they should know better than to fall for this.

    They’ve been screaming about birthright citizenship for years and they tend to believe the Constitution says what they want it to say. Trump’s planted the idea that she’s an anchor baby, not a REAL citizen.

  7. RWB says:

    Has anyone actually ever seen Donald L Trumps birth certificate?

  8. al Ameda says:

    Well, at least he didn’t (not yet anyway) refer to her by her birth name of Nimrata. You know, the way Republicans referred to Obama as Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

    People like Haley deserve Trump. They fear him, they cower before him, they serve him, and he always degrades and diminishes them.

  9. Jen says:

    Her team absolutely should be prepared for this–it’s 100% in character for Trump.

    If they haven’t had responses to this ready for months, they are bad campaign people.

  10. Sleeping Dog says:


    Actually, Haley’s people should have brought it up before trump, knowing that the birther attack was inevitable.

  11. Paul L. says:

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  12. Matt Bernius says:

    Wait, I was confidently told by Trump supporters that trying to disqualify candidates based on Constitutional minutia was deeply undemocratic and something their preferred candidate would never resort to.

  13. Pete S says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    Perhaps they wanted to let Trump get out over his skis here a bit? Absolutely nobody who would have considered voting for her is going to have their mind changed by this nonsense, but maybe just a couple of people in NH who had not made up their minds yet will be put off by this latest idiocy. It is one state where she seems competitive.


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