On Thursday afternoon, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced at a press conference in Phoenix that his investigators have spent the last five years studying the birth certificate provided by President Obama, only to determine unequivocally that it is a forgery.
Arpaio assigned his investigators to the case in August 2011 after activists urged him to get to the bottom of all the speculation surrounding Obama’s birth certificate. According to ABC News, experts found it to be “a fraudulently created document which has been represented as an official copy of the original certificate.”
Below, you can watch the press conference, in which lead investigator, Mike Zullo, presents the “9 points of forgery” which were discovered.
The news conference from the media-savvy sheriff came three weeks before the end of his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s top law enforcer and five weeks before Obama leaves office. He complained to a crowd of about 75 supporters that his claims about the document weren’t taken seriously.
“We and anyone else who dared to question the document have been maligned, falsely labeled and grossly criticized,” Arpaio said, refusing to take questions from reporters.
The sheriff took up the “birther” mantle as he faced some of his worst legal troubles, including a racial profiling case that discredited his patrols targeting immigrants and a grand jury inquiry into his failed investigations of local political enemies.
The sheriff won praise several months later in a tweet from Trump: “Congratulations to @RealSheriffJoe on his successful Cold Case Posse investigation which claims @BarackObama’s ‘birth certificate’ is fake.”
Arpaio was not the only Arizona politician to plunge into the effort.
The Arizona Legislature passed a bill in 2011 that would have required Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were U.S. citizens before their names could appear on the ballot. It was vetoed by the GOP governor.
With everyone soooo serious lately – how about a little comic relief? The Flipside with Michael Loftus makes fun of Joseph Clancy, the head of the secret service. This is one of the funniest skits I have ever seen.
With Barack Obama heading out the door, maybe the Secret Service will finally get their act together! If not, Donald Trump will have to say, “You’re Fired!”