52% OF REPUB­LI­CANS STILL SAY OBAMA BORN IN KENYA

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Years ago, then-pri­vate cit­i­zen Don­ald Trump was very vo­cal about the idea that — maybe, just maybe — Pres­i­dent Obama was born in Kenya. The “birther move­ment” agreed with Mr. Trump and as­serted it­self. Mr. Obama is­sued his long-form birth cer­tifi­cate, the Demo­cratic Party made light of the phe­nom­e­non, the news me­dia squawked, and Mr. Trump him­self backed away from the the­ory in late Septem­ber.

“Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was born in the United States. Pe­riod,” he told a group of mil­i­tary veter­ans. “Hil­lary Clin­ton and her cam­paign of 2008 started the birther con­tro­versy. I fin­ished it.” Well, maybe not.

The idea still per­co­lates in cer­tain sec­tors. A new Econ­o­mist/ YouGov poll gaug­ing the longevity and po­lit­i­cal na­ture of as­sorted con­spir­acy the­o­ries re­veals that 36 per­cent of Amer­i­cans still be­lieve that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya; that num­ber in­cludes 20 per­cent of Democrats, 39 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 52 per­cent of Repub­li­cans.

“Once a story is be­lieved, it also seems to stay be­lieved. Don­ald Trump may have pro­claimed that Pres­i­dent Obama was born in the United States (hav­ing doubted that for years), but half of his sup­port­ers still think that it is at least prob­a­bly true that the Pres­i­dent was born in Kenya,” writes YouGov an­a­lyst Kathy Frankovic. “And in the U.S. as a whole, a ma­jor­ity be­lieves that in 2003, when the United States in­vaded Iraq, Sad­dam Hus­sein had weapons of mass de­struc­tion that the U.S. never found.”

See more num­bers in the Poll du Jour at col­umn’s end. ac­tu­ally bring the ex­act op­po­site. It is a path to pain. This whole cha­rade is putting Is­rael at a huge dis­ad­van­tage in peace ne­go­ti­a­tions, and need­lessly tests our na­tion’s re­la­tion­ship with a crit­i­cal ally in a volatile part of the world,” says Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Re­pub­li­can.

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