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Dangerous Liaisons: Congressmen to Join Nativist Hate Group Today

By Heidi Beirich on November 6, 2009 - 11:03 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

At noon today, five members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a press conference at the House Triangle with Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR has been listed as an anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2007.

Stein will discuss “loopholes” in pending health care legislation that he claims will allow benefits to go to “illegal aliens.”

All five House members meeting with FAIR — Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Sam Johnson (R-Tex.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) — are members of the hard-line House Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC). The IRC is headed by U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), who is a former lobbyist for FAIR. In 2002, Bilbray told a group of anti-immigrant activists, “We are creating a slave class that criminal elements breed in.” He also warned, “We could have a terrorist coming in on a Latin name.”

FAIR has a decades-long history of anti-immigrant hatred. The group has employed key staff members with ties to white supremacist groups, accepted more than $1 million from a racist foundation dedicated to the study of racial differences in intelligence, and promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico’s secretly coveting the American Southwest. In 2006, a top official of FAIR in met with former members of a Belgian political party banned by that country’s highest court for “racism and xenophobia.” For more on FAIR’s long track record of hate, read here.

The group’s animus toward immigrants reaches all the way back to its founding in 1979. FAIR’s founder, current board member and intellectual leader, John Tanton, has repeatedly described contemporary immigrants as inferior. He has questioned the “educability” of Latinos and written that “for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” In a letter to Roy Beck, head of NumbersUSA, Tanton wondered “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California … can run an advanced society?”

Stein recently defended Tanton, telling The Washington Post that Tanton is a “Renaissance man” of wide-ranging “intellect.”

It is unclear whether these elected officials are aware of FAIR’s racist track record. In October, another Republican congressman, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, came under fire by immigrants-rights advocates in his home district for participating in a September event put on by FAIR that featured live broadcasts by talk radio hosts. Ryan quickly issued a statement saying he did not endorse or support FAIR and had only granted a radio interview to discuss “health care reform and the Green Bay Packers.” According to Ryan’s statement, he had his name removed from FAIR’s website where it had been noted that Ryan took part in the FAIR’s event.

  • Doug

    To you all AMERICA is the greatest nation on earth due to our rights and ability to work together using our differing abilities to provide for the less fortunate. Organizations that defend or aid hate are only helping to hurt the average American citizen. Only an uneducated person can read the SPLC opinions and not conclude that they bend over backward to expose white hate and cover up black hate. The fact of the matter is that latinos are a larger group then blacks and do not care about the constant race complaints of blacks. No American that has spend a significant amount of time around Afriicaan Americans would doubt they harbor deep racism against almost everyone but themselves. Bottom line is every time a black thug hurts someone on the street and organizations like the SPLC fail to write about it or condemn it 10 non racist white begin to think a little bit differently for thier childrens and own safety.

  • Lillian B.

    Beholder.. When ever I read beholders poetry I take it and switch it around. Where he write the word RIGHT I place LEFT, where he writes the word GOP, I place DEM. When he mentions a certain person, group, area, state, anything … I replace it with it’s supposed counter part or the other extreme of what extreme he is speaking of. I do this and toss it up in the air a bit and when it all falls on the table. I see the writing on the wall and realize how he comes by such poetic ways of speaking of the ones he highly dislikes and speaks out again.

  • Lillian B.

    Hi Tim,

    I am listening to what you are saying. Maybe your idea woudl be a good one for the media. Unfortunately if the world was interested in a better world for all. According to your off (remember off now means meaning) and many others were with you as in the same plans… then it woudl have been happening.

  • Lillian B.

    Not just watching…

    I cannot speak for all but but I think those ancestory lines that you spoke of came in the front door. I also wouldn’t dare compare that era to this era as there were far too many differences in every sense I haven’t heard of any group that someone else doesn’t like. But to call this group a hate group. For me and many others who are all races we say, you destroy the original meaning of what a Hate Group is. (oh plz no silly responses) and to top it off, Fair is a hate group so the SPLC says and yet the groups who Hate Fair or other groups are not Hate Groups? Sure they are.. now as for the article and focusing on it. Some of us cannot take this serious because of what I just wrote. The whole thing is off to begin with. oh wait, I think I am chaning the word “meaning” to off. So when I say it’s off I mean meaning

  • Tim

    Hi Lillian!

    I was born in Youngstown, OH. That town used to have more than 150,000 people living there. Now, it has around 70,000. Most of the foundries and manufacturing plants are shuttered. From what I hear, the county is actually paying people to leave their houses in nearly abandoned neighborhoods so that they can be razed.

    That’s really sad.

    It used to be that the backbone of this country was the blue collar worker, and that blue collar worker could make a living wage with which to support his family.

    There are tons of examples. To me, this is the kind of stuff that our government should be thinking in. When I think of stimulus, that’s what I think of. Imagine what a combination of my electric vehicle example and “cash for clunkers” could have done. Nope, not everyone would have gotten an electric car. But, it would have gotten the cars out on the road, and people would see them. They’d become the mainstream.

    I always liked the idea of the Picken’s Plan for our energy infrastructure. The government could have invested in that, and in growing a domestic supply chain for that stuff. Investment in mass transit in cities over 250,000 with bad traffic problems would have had a positive environmental impact, would have created jobs, and eventually could pay for itself if it were properly planned so that the maximum number of people would use it.

    There are many, many places where the government could have invested that money, and actually would have realized a return (i.e. taxes on the electric car manufacturer, taxes on the power company, and their associated supply chains).

  • Not just watching

    I’ve read so much hate in some of these comments, it’s heartbreaking. I guess it just goes to show how much of a constituency there is for the hate groups like FAIR. This is nothing new; are any of you of Italian, Irish, or Polish ancestry? If so, then you and your ancestors would have been persecuted just as immigrants from Latin America are today. Your ancestors were hated, villified and shunned, forced to live in unsanitary and crowded conditions because there was no where else to go.
    So, now you feel you have more rights than anyone else. You’ve just been here longer.
    I’m a native San Diegan, so I know Brian Bilbray very well. He’s been looking for a high profile issue to launch himself into a more powerful political position since he was representing Imperial Beach (a slum south of San Diego) and he’s always been a reactionary Republican.
    I think most of you commentators have lost the plot. You’re not commenting on the original article published here, but instead are publishing your own narrow views and ideas of how to exclude anyone who doesn’t look like you.
    Beholder, you’re quite a poet, but I think you’d be more effective if you left off with the “look it up in the dictionary” verbiage.
    I agree with you most of the time, but please, try to be more inclusive in your language :)
    To the rest of you: Try a little compassion for size.

  • Lillian B

    Someone Please Show me how this site is not 80% Anti White Americans. That is what I am seeing from all the stuff on the main sites. Militia Training Camps> where are the Musslim Training Camps? Where are the OTHER training camps being talked about??? They exist.
    Mr Mark P… where are they? I know these other items are in the United States and elsewhere but not according to your site and it’s link to other areas. If it is there will you please point them out to us? Do you really have an updated site on other than white ppls activities or inactivities? Is that it. You have a SPLC site for each and every diff one? We just want to see the other threats that are all around us. We see them but not here.

  • Lillian B

    Tim, When you speak about assistance for American Manufacturing Comapanies and the thought out good example you gave us, You sound like someoen that cares about the average Joe and his State, City and surrounding. You also add in the enviromental factor and less dependency on others abroad. I think if someone like you or myself is pro America, Pro it’s ppl , places and things, the enviroment, economy etc. Tim, in todays times we have to first stop and ask ourselves this question… Does my meaning of Pro America and all the others things I speak of have the same meanings to Tim (anyones name) as they do for me?

  • Tim


    What you are saying is true. Although I am a Republican, I most definitely blame the last two administrations for sending jobs overseas in order to fatten the bottom lines of companies. I can tell you first hand how angering it is to see people being lined up for layoffs knowing that their company’s office or plant overseas is on a hiring binge.

    At this point, I think that the only thing that could bring the jobs back is some carrot-and-stick action between the government and many of these companies in terms of tax cuts. On the other hand, the government could always take some of that stimulus money and give it to upstart manufacturing companies so that they can expand domestically. Of course, making the government grant contingent upon said company never sending jobs overseas.

    One thing they could do is offer a nice chunk of that money to the first US-owned and US-based manufacturing company that wants to mass produce a full line of electric vehicles with a purely domestic supply chain (hey, this is just a theory) based in let’s say Detroit, or one of the cities in the “rust belt”. Helping them out with some seed money to tool up properly could help keep the cost of the car economical, which would help the company grow like gangbusters, which would generate more jobs (not just with the manufacturer, but also with its suppliers), and would begin to revitalize these blighted areas. As a side effect, I am sure that these cars would FLY off dealership lots if they are priced economically. This would help to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and would certainly be good for the environment.

    That’s just one example. I am sure there are many.

  • Lillian Brooks

    I think that there are groups that are against immigration by way of illegal immigration. Much of what FAIR says is true but it can and does get twisted. Not everything they say is good or bad. It is my understanding that groups like this come out and say, HEY!!! come in the front door and also say HEY!!! we got citizens living here that need help and they should get the jobs first, after all says FAIR and groups like them HEY!!! they say, look how many jobs are already outsourced over seas and look how many imported workers we already have. HEY!!! lets take care of the ppl in the USA and lets not give so many illegal cititzens legal rights and take care of all their needs when we are scarely able to take care of the ones already here. This is all abotu something else. It has to be, it’s too dam nuts!

  • Tim

    I don’t necessarily believe that it is a Jewish thing. I think it is just a bunch of self-hating white guys who are trying to feel good about themselves.

    Sure beats self-flagellation, less mess and way more profitable.

  • John Standing

    Why doesn’t the SPLC “document” the hate of … the SPLC? Its single moving principle that only Americans of European descent are haters is a Jewish thing. Actually, it’s a piece of Jewish hate.

  • Tim


    Please read the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

    Then, come back and tell me that we were not founded as a Christian Nation on Christian ideals.

  • Lillian Brooks


    Mr Beck happens to be doing really really really well these days. Just because you say he isn’t..doesn’t make it so

  • Lillian Brooks

    Beholder, I think what you mean is that hate groups are forming against the GOP and anyone that has any of their thinking. Of course these hate groups exist, and have been around for a long time. Just because they are not on the SPLC list and or their aren’t artciles about them here that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. On the contrary, you know they do

  • Lillian Brooks

    There are many organizations and ppl that spew hate and racial stuff all over the country. SPLC doesn’t list them. If your skin is not white then they will not put you on their list of hate people. That is what I see and when they do. It is so few and far between. This is just adding to the climate of fear that is being brewed against white, conservatives, Chrsitians, Veterans, and patriots who have love for God and Country.

  • Lillian Brooks

    When I want to look to see which side of the fence I am on. All I do is read what Beholder says and then I know to get on the other side of the fence.

  • beholder

    @John &

    What we’re getting at I think is the easy flux of hate group members and extremist individuals in search of such a group through tea-bagging, anti-immigrant rallies, etc and the GOP. The worrisome dynamics are not so much that the GOP doesn’t take a stronger stand against its own racists and crackpots, but how does one even clearly identify who within the GOP has sympathies for them? The bitterest acrimony is reserved for Obama and anything the Democrats propose, but no one on the right is standing up to say, hey, maybe we do have a problem with these extremists, and we are formally distancing ourselves from this or other group. For this reason there are those who see signs of hate group activity around the GOP.

  • beholder

    @tezuka fan

    You’re 100% right, the act of illegal entry over a border is a crime as is fraud, but being in the country without a valid visa is a civil offense and the lack of documentation is not positive proof that any crime (fraud or crossing the border illegally) occured. Visas can expire for a lot of reasons, leaving say, a foreign professional who lost her job in a distinctly different situation than someone intercepted while swimming across the Rio Grande.

    Moreso, as persons under US jurisdiction, there is a presumption of innocence and protection against undue search and seizure, among other civil liberties that preclude action by state police or sheriff’s depts. It’s not enough that someone doesn’t speak English and cannot immediately prove who they are to warrant detention on the violation of code you cite, though what is a valid motive in terms of whether or not a law enforcement officer is correct in detaining a person is broadly open to judicial interpretation.

  • TeaTotaler

    I love hate. It is a natural human emotion. All human beings feel hatred at some point in their life. And to you kool-aid sippin idiots out there that have been brainwashed into the “us against them” bullshit that “THEY” love to whip up, you are simple cattle running to the feed trough everytime the farmer bangs the bucket of lies and mis-information. Drink up, but please, dont think for yourself. Just beause the SPLC says it or “documents” it, does not mean it is true.

  • Snorlax

    The SPLC should add FOX News to the hate group list.

    FOX News is spewing racist hate on their TV network.

    This should not be too difficult to document, either.

    Rupert Murdoch has joined Glenn-or-Glenda Beck in calling Obama “racist”. But the’re the real racists.

    Beck has already lost half his sponsor revenue and is being carried along by revenue from other FOX News shows.

    Rupert Murdock must not be a very good businessman to keep an idiot like Beck on the air when he is scaring away sponsors.

  • ccollina

    beholder said, “illegal immigration, my fellow thinkers, is not even a crime.”

    beholder, You are wrong on this. It is a crime. Ask yourself why there are agencies such as, the border patrol, ICE and Homeland Security.

  • ccollina

    This article is an exaggeration. This country cannot afford free or taxpayer supplemented healthcare for foreign nationals residing here illegally.
    We can’t even afford it for our own citizens.
    Let’s have some rational thought for a change.

  • Not just watching

    About a year ago an acquaintace of mine said that if Obama was elected President, it would be the destruction of the Democratic Party. Well…guess what? It looks like just the opposite to me. The Republicans are tearing themselves apart in a feeding frenzy for who is the most conservative, splitting and destroying that party and in their viscious in-fighting, are handing seats in congress to Democrats.
    In their frenzy to appear attractive to the tea party gang, the independant “conservatives” are throwing in with the most hateful, viscious, racist groups they can find. Dick Armey and his cohorts are now in line with the most racist and hateful groups in America. Now, what about this is not obvious?
    Yes, the “conservative” wing of the Republican Party can now be listed officially as a HATE GROUP. Mostly out-of-office, out-of-power idiots like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Armey, and Dick Cheny are leading the charge.
    Now, add to them the actual office-holders who live in “The C Street House” and you have a full-blown conspiracy to subvert the Constitution of the U.S. to DENY civil rights to persons of their choice.
    They’ve been able to do all this under the radar until now, but that is quickly changing thanks to some of the print and broadcast press.
    The Nazis took the Jews of Europe unawares because no one could envision anything so grotesque was happening. We have a responsibility to never again allow a fascist, racist faction take over our society again.

  • Shelly Weir

    Someone need to tell the SPLC site and BEHOLDER that civil liberties apply to all people not just the ones they pick out to have them. Remember, Just because you call something a hate group doesn’t make it a hate group[. ANd just because you on purpose leave out groups that are hate groups, doesn’t make them not hate groups anymore.

  • Cherryl

    I’ little shock how much racism has come out since our new President was elected. I know racism is there, but more now than ever it’s being discuss openly. I’m N.A.. This is between blacks and whites more so than any group in America. It’s all about them and excludes other race/culture groups. It’s like nobody else exists?
    I view calling my country a Christian Nation and founded on those principles an insult! I don’t go running and burning cross’s on someone lawn, jumping on a race wagon and yelling for someone to be hung or shot, etc….

  • pesach kremen

    Health care is a right for all. The undocumented have a right to care as well. They pay taxes and deserve the appropriate benefits. If they are paid “off the books” by the employer then the employer is the guilty one. A population with people that cannot get treated is a dangerous thing as desease spreads. If the undocumented were whites from western europa no one owuld complain; it is bigotry against latinos that is what is happening. FAIR is an extremist group and should be avoided by all congresspeople. We have no place for hate groups!

  • Jim Davidson

    Which racist foundation are you referring to here? Could it be The Pioneer Fund of Wickliffe Draper (1891-1972) who funded both The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission and The Draper Immigration Committee run by Rep. Francis E. Walters (D-PA) and the Draper Genetics (Eugenics) Committee run by Senator James O. Easland of Mississippi? Why of course it is. Draper was very active in his persecution of both Sacco and Vanzetti and he also funded The Johnson (Anti-) Immigration Act of 1924 which shut the door on immigration into the USA just before Hitler’s rise to power. And Draper also provided the fodder for The Nuremberg Laws with the Buck vs. Bell Supreme Court Decision leading to the Involuntary Sterilization of over 75,000 Americans whose only ‘crime’ was the fact that they resided in institutions for the mentally retarded.

    “FAIR has a decades-long history of anti-immigrant hatred. The group has employed key staff members with ties to white supremacist groups, accepted more than $1 million from a racist foundation dedicated to the study of racial differences in intelligence, and promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico’s secretly coveting the American Southwest.”

  • Anna

    It’s disgusting that members and connections to FAIR espouse the same terroristic hateful ideology as the terrorist we are fighting abroad. It is insulting that Rep Bilbray from California dare insult Catholic Hispanic Americans who have honorably served and died fighting in US armed forced since the beginning of this country 200 years ago.

    The most common Surnames to have appeared are those from psychotic men and women with Arabic/Middle Eastern/European originated backgrounds (e.g. Hasan, McVeigh,etc.) You get the picture Bilbray? Associating with domestic terrorist Bilbray makes you one of their sympathizers. And that’s coming from me, a Mexican American.

  • Gringo

    I love when my fellow americans get together to talk about white power, enforcing our immigration polices to keep all these latino immigrants out of our country. And I also enjoy moving giant corporations to their poor countries to enslave them. I love cheap products, I don’t care where they come from and who makes them and how, I only care about them not crossing my border!! I want them to stay poor and enslaved back home by my empire don’t even bother coming here you immigrant cause we will be mean to you and your family, stay home and work at the sweatshop….Oh and don’t even bother trying to fix your local economy or make profit with your oil and natural resources cause the US my beloved country will send troops and destroy any effort on making your country a better place to live.

  • Existentialism

    Why can’t white people associate with other white people and freely think up white political thoughts?

    The Mexicans represent another nation all together, whether or not they are included in the corporate, raceless, faceless, cultureless, pseudo nationality known as “American”.

    “Nation” at least used to refer to a people with ethnic and cultural bonds, just because Mexicans can also shop at Walmart, doesn’t mean whites and Mexicans have anything else in common that binds us as a “nation”. “Diversity” is crass corporate nonsense.

  • William Gheen

    Another prime example of the SPLC’s attack on free speech and freedom of political expression in America failing miserably.

    Instead of debating issues on the merits, the SPLC is becoming a legendary advocate for the abridgment of American freedoms.

  • jeffrey

    Daniel said, on November 6th, 2009 at 1:03 pm Quote

    “It is astonishing how this organization still seems to be considered mainstream(.)”

    I agree. SPLC shouldn’t be considered mainstream. They are arrogant and irrelevant.

  • EC

    There are LEGAL ways to immigrate. By allowing the ILLEGAL entry into our country it smacks the face of those
    that have waited in their countries, being oppressed and enslaved, to come to America legally.
    I am not against immigration, I just believe that it should be done legally and by the book. Anything else is ILLEGAL and requires deportation or prison.

  • Tezuka fan

    “Just because you call something a hate group doesn’t make it true.”

    Unless, you know, it is.

  • mw


    While I can’t agree that GOP should be labeled a hate group, I most certainly and emphatically believe that the “Tea Party” movement exhibits the extreme characteristics of such a group.

  • Snorlax

    “Just because you call something a hate group doesn’t make it true.
    by mickey”

    When SPLC has documented their reasons for calling FAIR a hate group…it IS a hate group.

    mickey is obviously illiterate, since he cannot read the documentation.

  • Tezuka fan

    @ beholder

    Not that I don’t agree with most of what you’re saying, because I do, but illegal immigration (or entry) is a crime (US Code 18,Part 1,Chapters 69 and 75 and the Immigration and Nationality Act), though these mostly deal with visas. But, overstaying a visa is illegal and would mean that you’re in the US illegally (That almost happened with my aunt until she married my uncle).
    But, yes. We do need to refor… er, greatly change the way we allow people in the country. But, don’t look to me for methods, I’m not knowledgeable enough for these things.

  • John

    After yesterdays disgusting display at the Capitol,the entire Republican party should be labeled a hate group.

  • mickey

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

  • beholder

    Do not believe these crocodile tears.

    When Tanton speaks of the woes of a “slave class”, he little addresses the root problem.

    Oppression and fear go hand in hand. It is evident that our every effort to limit illegal immigration through stricter controls and procrustean penalties backfires by forcing a population at risk into even greater marginality. This unwinnable effort scrapes away at civil liberties for citizens and non-citizens alike, wastes scarce public resources, and diverts the public’s attention from the real problems facing our country by creating a scapegoat.

    FAIR’s assiduously laid astroturf carpets the airwaves and tinctures policy discussion with outmoded shades of Malthusian fear, racialism, and an odd mix of militia/fringe groups who feed upon the nativist rhetoric like vampires, draining our nation’s political will to overcome centuries of bigotry and injustice.

    At each passing generation, economic crisis stirs the popular ire. Today, as in the past, our leaders are being led to this extreme by nativists like Tanton who have waited literally decades to put this master plan into effect. Just as the Know-Nothings, just as the KKK, just as those who feared the successive waves of immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe, Asia and Latin America, the nativists of today have relied again and again upon the premise of fear and hate to motivate and angry public into action.

    I have every confidence that the unified voice of academics, social critics, thinkers, activists, and our representatives in government will prevail in our effort toward reason.

    The only sensible solution for our immigration problems is a massive overhaul of our “legal” route and recognition that it is in our best interests as a country to provide amnesty for a large number of undocumented residents, first and foremost, and not as a mere rider on a workforce crack-down law such as passed in 1986. Our harshest repressions should be reserved for the harshest crimes: and illegal immigration, my fellow thinkers, is not even a crime.

    Our efforts will be rewarded and this struggle will go down in history as every bit as telling for civil rights in America as the emancipation of slavery, the creation of unions, universal suffrage, gender rights, racial equality, and same-sex marriage.

  • mickey

    Just because you call something a hate group doesn’t make it true.

  • Daniel

    It is astonishing how this organization still seems to be considered mainstream

  • Bowman

    VivaLARaza31 (3 days ago)
    I say the brown take the coastal temperate zones? just inside the coast before the mountains and make whitey go out to the dessert and the blacks and asians maybe should get some boats/ships and get into the Pacific.

  • Bowman

    nauiocelotl (1 hour ago)
    We want racist people to go? back to europe , plain and simple boy .

  • mw

    I am certain that Nathan Deal of Georgia is aware of FAIR’s background. Deal is also a birther.