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More birtherism at the Tancredo tea party

I've been checking now and again for video of Tom Tancredo's speech at the Greenville, S.C. tea party where he questioned President Obama's citizenship. Nothing's turned up, even after Tancredo defended his remarks to Ed Schultz. But I did find this video of another speaker at the rally, author Jerome Corsi, who rocketed to conservative stardom with his 2004 co-authorship of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth book "Unfit for Command" but has since become more of a fringe figure. In his speech, Tancredo called Obama an "undocumented president" and went into greater detail about his theories on the president, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.

"Why can't we see the long-firm birth certificate with the hospital and the attending physician?" asks Corsi in the video. "Why can't we see President Obama's records from the passports, from the State Department? Did he go to Indonesia and get a passport? I've got the records -- he was an Indonesian citizen and a Muslim adopted by his stepfather, according to the school records."

"Soetoro!" says a tea partyer next to the camera, referring to the name of Obama's adoptive father.

"So let's see the passport records!" says Corsi. "Did President Obama travel to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport?"

Corsi refers to a discredited theory that Americans could not get into Pakistan in the 1980s because of a "travel ban." No such ban existed. And if you add together the Tancredo speech, the smear against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and this, the 2010 Greenville, S.C. tea party might be the strangest and most fringe event of 2010 so far. By all reports it was much smaller than the 2009 tea party in the city, which became famous after Rep. Gresham Barrett was booed by the crowd.

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By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Barack Obama, Government, Indonesia, Jerome Corsi, President, Tea Party protests 2009, Tom Tancredo, United States  
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