The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a critical blow to the "birther" movement today. The Court refused to hear an appeal challenging the President's citizenship and his eligibility to serve as Commander-In-chief. But while the "birther" lawsuit is dead, the belief seems to be alive and well. Michael Eric Dyson is joined by radio host Armstrong Williams, Joy Reid of The Grio, and Keli Goff of Loop21.com to discuss the latest birther news, and breaking news on the Florida voter purge.
The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to even comment on, yet alone hear, an appeal challenging President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had already ruled the challengers (Alan Keyes, Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson) did not have legal standing to file the lawsuit.
The U.S. Constitution says only "a natural born citizen" may serve as president. The challengers allege that Obama, whose father was Kenyan, was born in that African country, rather than in Hawaii. They claim his Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery.
Hawaii officials have repeatedly verified Obama's citizenship.
Keyes and Drake ran against Obama on the American Independent Party ticket and Robinson serves as the party's chairman.
Is this the end of the birther movement?
Iowa Republicans will meet in Des Moines this Saturday (June 16) to, among other things, debate whether candidates, such as President Obama, should have to prove their citizenship before being nominated.