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Memo to Fox News: The First Birther Movement Began in 1880

The next time Margaret Hoover decides to go on BOR and insist that natural-born citizenship is code for racism, O’Reilly needs to mention an inconvenient fact from history.

A helpful writer at NewsBusters found this little gem from CBS News back in 2009:

Nearly 123 years after [Chester Arthur’s] death, doubts about his U.S. citizenship linger, thanks to lack of documentation and a political foe’s claim that Arthur was really born in Canada – and was therefore ineligible for the White House, where he served from 1881 to 1885.

I know public school history books struggle with anything older than the Vietnam War – but is it too much to ask for our supposed intellectual betters on cable news to know these things?