Having been comfortably elected after shamelessly blaming illegal immigrants for everything from higher crime rates to headless bodies (neither was true), Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has grown tired of the foolishness propounded by rightwingers in her state.
She’s tired of having Arizona made a laughingstock and the subject of tourism boycotts, as it has been for having passed a harsh anti-immigrant bill that smacks of apartheid. (Having been elevated to the post after Janet Napolitano resigned to become HHS secretary, Brewer was then running for her first full term and supported the bill.)
So Brewer vetoed a so-called birther bill that would have required any candidate for president to present a set of documents proving he was born in the U.S. From the Arizona Republic:
Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday shot down an effort by the Arizona Legislature to require presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship in order to get on the state’s ballot.
In her veto letter, Brewer said House Bill 2177 “creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”
The House and Senate could override the governor’s veto with a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber, but on Monday, such a move appeared unlikely. . .
“I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates,’ among other records, to the Arizona Secretary of State,” Brewer said in her letter. “This is a bridge too far.”
The push for so-called birther measures stems from questions about President Barack Obama’s birthplace. Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s birth in their state, but some continue to believe he was born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.
Lawmakers in several states, including Arizona, have proposed legislation to require that candidates show proof of citizenship. But, like the numerous lawsuits that have been filed challenging Obama’s qualifications, none has been successful.
Birthers are a hardy lot in the Republican base, as Donald Trump’s rise in the polls has shown. And they’ll just use Brewer’s action as proof that she’s in on the conspiracy. Of course, that means they believe in time travel. How else could Obama’s mother have placed a birth announcement in a Honolulu newspaper in 1961?