Son of Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, at a Sunday brunch attended by GOP chair Reince Priebus, brought “birtherism” back to the mainstream Republican sphere with a comment that the crowd and GOP voters in general “have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago … or Kenya.”
The Jason Thompson clip posted on YouTube came from a Republican Party Of Kenosha County brunch yesterday, and attendees can be heard laughing and clapping after the younger Thompson made the off-color remark referencing a long-held and erroneous belief among many Republicans that the President was born in Kenya.
After Thompson makes the crack, a female attendee says in the background:
“We are taking donations for that Kenya trip.”
As the clip began to circulate in the Monday morning news cycle, the campaign of Tommy Thompson addressed the embarrassing remark made by Jason Thompson on Sunday.
Commenting on the statement Thompson made about sending Obama back to Kenya, the campaign said:
“The Governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do … Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes.”
While the mainstream GOP has made a weak effort to distance itself from birtherism, considered a somewhat fringe opinion, the idea that President Obama was born in Kenya keeps resurfacing around the party as the election approaches.
Later in the day, Paul Ryan stumped for Tommy Thompson in his home state, saying at a fundraiser:
“Scott [Walker], Reince and I are protégés of the Tommy Thompson farm team … He is a great leader who has done extraordinary things.”
Watch the clip of Tommy Thompson’s son Jason making the “birther” style remarks about President Obama, below.