The best moment came when Springer tried to point out the obvious — no previous candidate for the presidency had faced these kinds of questions about his citizenship, and it is no coincidence that it happens to be the first African American president. Hannity hastily sprang into action — block that point!
SPRINGER: But you know what, I understand why there’s a resistance to it.
SPRINGER: Because isn’t this interesting? Of all our 43 presidents, of the 43 presidents —
HANNITY: Don’t bring up race. Do not bring up race. Do not bring up race. It is a constitutional requirement.
SPRINGER: I understand, but why have not of the 43 people we had run — be president of the United States, never once were you asking, “Where is your birth certificate? ”
BURGESS: It was an issue — it was an issue for John McCain.
As Springer continued trying to make the point that conservatives have fought against racial justice and ethnic equality at every turn of the nation’s history, Hannity tried making the dishonest argument that the Civil Rights Act passed in 1965 because of Republicans — which is true enough, but obliterates the fact that these were liberal Republicans, a now-extinct creature, not to mention the fact that the Southern Strategy completely transformed the GOP after the 1960s into the wholly right-wing faction it has been for at least a generation now.
- Sean Hannity joins Trump among the ranks of Birthers. But ‘Don’t bring up race!’ (crooksandliars.com)