Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) dismissed a question about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate Thursday, calling it a “dead issue” that he doesn’t “give a sh*t” about.
Mullin took a question during a town hall meeting in his Oklahoma district from a woman who identified herself as a “birther princess” and asked about “Obama’s identification fraud.”
“You’re talking about the birth certificate?” Mullin responded, according to video of the exchange posted by liberal website Think Progress. “We lost that argument on November 6. We had four years to get that proven, we didn’t, we re-elected him, so that’s a dead issue.”
“No it isn’t,” the woman protested, before trying to show him a 71-page affidavit from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation.
“Honestly, I don’t even give a sh*t,” Mullin said, refusing the document.
The video then cuts to Mullin saying he’s “not defending this guy,” before asking audience members whether they have “ever seen those Christians that are on the street corners that are screaming scriptures at cars as they drive by?”
“I believe they’ve got great intentions, I believe, honestly that they’re Christian individuals,” Mullin said. “But let me ask you something, are they doing any good? No, they’re not. And I believe what you’re saying and I don’t support this president whatsoever, but ma’am, we lost, November 6, we had the opportunity to get another president in there.”
The woman said Obama was a “fraud” who was above the law, at which point Mullin said it had “nothing to do with anybody being above the law.”
“Our country is facing some serious issues and if the rest of the American people thought that was a big enough issue, which I thought it probably would’ve been, who would’ve thought we would ever actually, actually be questioning if we had a natural-born president being president?” Mullin said. “That point was made and people still elected him to be president…when I say we lost that argument, we lost that argument, now let’s move onto some other issues. I believe it’s still there, but guys if we didn’t prove it the first four years, what do you think the chances are now?”
Think Progress described Mullin’s comments as the congressman “com[ing] out as a birther,” which Mullin’s office denied to Roll Call.
Mullin spokeswoman Ashley Kehl said he is not a birther, and accused Think Progress of editing the video to be purposely misleading.
“They have, in my opinion, spliced the video to paint my boss as a birther,” Kehl told Roll Call. Kehl said Mullin has “never come out as a birther in the history of his tenure in D.C.”
(H/T: Roll Call)