Definitions

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  • n. One who gives birth
  • n. A believer in one or more conspiracy theories, holding that President Barack Obama is not a "natural born" citizen of the United States, and therefore ineligible for the presidency.

Etymologies

birth +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, I'm giving a hit to President Obama this week for releasing his long-form birth certificate and squashing the so-called birther conspiracy theory that alleged that he wasn't somehow born in the United States and thus isn't fit to hold office.

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  • The so-called birther issue has driven many of Trump's TV appearances, including a much-talked about interview with NBC's Today Show on April 7.

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  • Under the U.S. Constitution, only people born in the United States are eligible to become president, and so-called "birther" groups opposed to Mr. Obama continue to allege that he was born in Kenya.

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  • She expressed her frustration regarding what has been called the "birther" issue.

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  • Many were hateful, "birther"-type arguments, typed in "all caps" the electronic equivalent of screaming or simply nasty.

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  • In fact, if you are a "birther" - a term coined by the mainstream press to disparage those who doubt Obama's eligibility to hold office based on his citizenship - even so-called conservative icons like Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck consider you a nut.

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  • Larkin is very much decorated and isn't some tinfoil hat "birther" - his commendations could fill a family album.

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  • From "birther" - led citizen grand juries charging the president with fraud, to gun-toting protesters outside presidential events, organized opposition to the new administration and its policies has taken on a decidedly radical bent, giving rise to the unthinkable: what if some lunatic, or a group of them, decides to transition from vicious rhetoric to violent action?

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  • One of my friends in the small community of Obama "birther" - debunkers passes on quite the discovery: a 1964 "certified copy of registration of birth" from Australia, easily available on Bomford. net, a genealogy site.

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  • So let’s go with this: Brown thanked the birther from the podium, which is more than Obama ever did for Ayers.

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  • The word birther, called by those who do not want to argue the facts but only want to ridicule, shows the foul tactic of those who have no defense and so resort to name calling. The real sorrow is that instead of tipping off the rest of us, it makes us part of a lynch mob instead of questioning the truth or falseness of the accusation.

    August 7, 2011

  • See also afterbirther.

    April 28, 2011

  • I've come across this term recently too.

    August 1, 2009

  • One who still believes, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, that Obama was not born on the US and therefore not a legitimate president.

    "Michael Medved, a leading far-right voice, recently referred to the Birthers as "the worst enemy of the conservative movement." He added, "It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company."

    -Steve Benen, Washington Monthly

    As if they needed help...

    July 23, 2009