Breitbart.com’s CPAC panel “The Uninvited” was intended to stoke controversy, both within the wider political culture and within CPAC itself, given that its panel consisted entirely of speakers excluded from the conference. But probably no one expected the “Uninvited” panel to “un-invite” one of their own audience members — namely, famous Obama birth certificate conspiracy theorist Orly Taitz. (Video below, courtesy of Salon)
The panel, which concluded with statements from famous anti-Islam firebrands Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer, had already strayed into territory that the organizers of CPAC would have found uncomfortable, such as the disputed theory that American Conservative Union board members Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan have consciously aided Islamist elements.
“I don’t know Grover Norquist personally. I met him once. I met Suhail Khan twice. I don’t know these guys. What I do know is that they’re completely in bed with the same people Barack Obama is listening to to draft the Muslim Brotherhood-positive foreign policy of the United States, and domestic policy as well,” Spencer argued in the panel, drawing applause.
Then, when the Q&A opened, Taitz stood up and began an impromptu speech of her own, demanding to know why the panel hadn’t tackled the issue of the president’s birth certificate, and advancing arguments common within the so-called “birther” community. Gellar didn’t directly tackle the issue of birtherism, but did snap at Taitz for her presumption.
“I think there’s enough substance on this panel, I mean how many topics can you handle?” Gellar asked. “Inappropriate, really.”
Taitz, however, wasn’t interested in what Geller had to say. She wanted to nail Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon to the wall, and asked him aggressively why he and his site hadn’t touched the issue. Bannon responded citing the late Andrew Breitbart’s own feelings on the issue, before Taitz interrupted him.
“You don’t talk for someone who is dead!” Taitz demanded.
“We are not a birther site,” Bannon said.
“That shows that you have no integrity,” Taitz shrieked, before the audience booed her down.