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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Myth of the Muslim 57 States

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) last week announced on the floor of the House of Representatives that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim who announced his devotion to a global caliphate in 2008 by referring to 57 states. Here's the crazy:

GOHMERT: And I know the President made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I'm well aware that there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states in the world. Perhaps there was some confusion whether he'd been to all 57 Islamic states as opposed to all 50 U.S. states. But nonetheless, we have an obligation to the 50 American states, not the 57 Muslim, Islamic states. Our oath we took is in this body, in this House. And it's to the people of America. And it's not to the Muslim Brotherhood, who may very well take over Egypt and once they do, they are bent upon setting up a caliphate around the world, including the United States. And this administration will been [sic] complicit in helping people who wants [sic] to destroy our country.
This loony conspiracy theory has been around for a long time, as Snopes notes. There’s a very simple explanation for Obama’s slip of the tongue in this youtube video that's been watched more than three million times:

Obama said in this 2008 visit to Oregon that he had visited 57 states, “one left to go” and then noted that he couldn’t go to Alaska and Hawaii because it was too far to justify. So, Obama was trying to visit all 48 continental states, and he was trying to say that he had been to 47 states. It’s very easy to say 57 instead of 47. “fifty” is similar to “forty” and when we talk about the states, it is ingrained in all of us to say “50 states” instinctively.
It’s true that people mocked George W. Bush for his slips of the tongue, although Obama's “57 states” slip wouldn't even come close to making the top 25 Bushisms. But no Bush critic even went back three years and imagined some crazy Muslim plot was behind a slip of the tongue. This lunacy deserves a lot more media coverage, to expose just how far the wingnuts of the conservative movement have gone.

Rush Limbaugh is a particular fan of the “57 states” slip. He has referred to it at least 22 times on his show (I can provide the links for anyone who is interested). In the past month alone, Limbaugh has twice referred to the three-year-old “gaffe.”

Back in 2008, Rush Limbaugh decided to tweak the media and declared, “Obama said he's going to campaign in 57 states, and it turns out that there are 57 Islamic states.” This goofy comment has now become the theory of bigoted Republicans speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Why has Obama Derangement Syndrome reached the point where the right-wing is obsessed with delusional Muslim conspiracy theories over one very minor slip of the tongue by a presidential candidate three years ago? It reflects both the racism and the anger of the far right, who believe that “all liberals are idiots” (to quote Rush Limbaugh) and must flail at pathetic evidence to prove the evil and stupidity of Barack Obama, when all it does is reveal their own idiocy and bigotry.

Crossposted at DailyKos.


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  2. What a sorry excuse. So please explain Obama twice saying "my Muslim faith" --???

    1. Do you know anything about the Constitution and freedom of religion? Our president can be atheist, Christian, Buddhist, Scientology, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon and any other religion in the world. The United States does not have a national religion nor do we have a national language.

    2. Do you know anything about the Constitution and freedom of religion? Our president can be atheist, Christian, Buddhist, Scientology, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon and any other religion in the world. The United States does not have a national religion nor do we have a national language.

    3. Maybe not... but the main religion that births terrorism and goes around killing non believers, including women and children is Islam!!!

  3. Isn't it funny how when the truth is put out and liberal idiots can't prove that it's false, they run around flailing and saying that the truth is "pathetic evidence" and then name call and type up a bunch of blather?

    Like Maggie stated - explain then please what caused Barry to "mistakenly" refer to HIS MUSLIM FAITH? What exactly CAUSED that to happen and be a "mistake"?

  4. Nothing like watching someone squirm and twist to defend Obama.
    Very entertaining.

  5. It is 2016 now...and we finally know everything we want to know about Obama...who lacked common knowledge of American history.

  6. Why is it that most libtards come from places like Shitcago, New York, LA, San Francisco and libturd places like that. I believe Obama is a closet Muslim. There is too much that points to it from the above mentioned slipups to when he said, in his book The Audacity of Hope, and I quote "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction" unquote!
    Not to mention all the times he has spoken up for Islam and bowing to to the Saudi king kissing his hand, or his perfect pronunciation of Arabic.
    Let's face it, our politicians on the right were too afraid to call him out on anything even going as far as the repubs themselves saying that they wouldn't press any issues because they didn't want to be called racists or bigots. I'm so damn glad Trump is the new boss. Screw political correctness and all the mamby pamby snowflakes out there who CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH !!!

  7. When he said "fifty" is similar to "forty" I laughed my ass off. Oh yeah, he meant Islamic states even though he says Alaska and Hawaii right after that. The libs are so pathetic that they actually wrote articles on politifact and factcheck saying that what Obama said was True or False. What a bunch of morons. They pretend like we all didn't hear it. They think they can talk their way out of anything. Well, this election showed them up.

  8. And now with the ousting of the three brothers who are Muslims and who were the IT guys for Congress and other high security areas of the former Obozo Adm. Obozo was purposely trying to break down and undermine this country. Obozo truly is a humongous POS. It seems like the Trump Adm. is finding out more and more the depth to which the Obozo Adm. was trying to undermine our government and country.

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  10. Horror story comes true. Imagine waking up one morning and find that 47 percent of all the people in America have been found to be brain dead zombies.
    Tou can't reason or have a discussion with them because they've become raving hate filled rioters plus, scarier still, at other times they appear normal and indistinguishable . Just remember to vote. It makes them expose themselves to the public then even a moron knows not to vote for them. If you don't see them as vote cheaters by now then even "moron" fails to define you. Maybe possessed, maybe zombie, Maybe bitten by a blood sucking vampire, maybe bitten by the living dead. I remain convinced liberals are the main inspiration as for why these type movies are so popular. Brain dead seems too close to the truth.