Joe Messina is many things. He is an elected board member of the William S. Hart Union High School District which oversees nearly 23,000 students and has an annual budget of approximately $180 million. He is also a distinguished troll, a mass shooting skeptic, a sloppy parker and a self-styled conservative talking head. Well, we can now add to this inglorious list because Joe Messina is also a birther. Hart school district rejoice!
This new bit of information (new to me, anyway) came to light during Thursday’s edition of Messina’s radio show, The Real Side with Joe Messina. While defending Donald Trump for not calling out a man who said the U.S. should get rid of Muslims, Joe Messina went off on a tangent about President Obama’s birth certificate:
“The more and more I dig the more and more I find out. You know what was it, we had, uh, was it the Kenyan government? Someone in the Kenyan government came out with what they say—nobody’s gonna, nobody’s gonna check it—okay they say that they came out with uh Barack’s real birth certificate and the one they have is a year before the one that was issued in Hawaii. So I don’t know who you believe. Right? You have to decide on your own, I can’t decide for you.”
In Joe Messina world, the jury is still out on whether Obama was born in the U.S. I usually wouldn’t bother debunking birther conspiracy theories since it is the year of our Lord 2015. But being the dutiful reporter I am, I thought I’d help Joe out this one time. I checked this claim about a secret Kenyan birth certificate and by gum, wouldn’t you know it? Turns out it’s a hoax!
We already know, though, that this won’t matter to Joe Messina and his ilk. The White House could release a tape of Obama’s parents having sex on an American flag and then release another tape made 9 months later of the president’s birth—with the GPS coordinates of the hospital!—and it would do nothing to sway these people about THE TRUTH about the president’s birth.
But bless his heart, Joe wasn’t done!
“This guy was screaming about Muslim, he’s screaming about Obama, he’s screaming about all kinds of stuff. He’s talking about these camps that are, that uh, that are out there from the Muslims, or the extremist Muslims. And basically the way I read all this is Trump says, you know what? We’ll look into some of that stuff. We’re going to look into some of the things that might hurt this county. I did not hear him say he’s going to look into Obama’s birth certificate. You know, and on top of that, I don’t see why he had to correct him. What’s the big whoop?”
That’s right: Hart board member Joe Messina doesn’t think a presidential candidate needs to correct a man who says Obama was born in Kenya, asserts the president is not a U.S. citizen and then angrily asks when the government can “get rid of” all the Muslims.
What’s the big whoop?
You can listen to his full rant here. It begins at 19:30