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   Trump, Birthers Should Learn from Democrats' 1880 Mistakes

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5/31/2012 8:00 am

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Professor John A. Tures, LaGrange College

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Yahoo News

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Opinion

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Entered 5/31/2012, Updated 5/31/2012

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Donald Trump seems to think the birther issue is great for the GOP. Last year, when Trump was toeing the birther line, trying to get some attention for an upcoming presidential bid, I researched the origin of birther controversies. It seems that questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate are not the first in American history. Back in 1880, Democrats tried to ride a birther controversy into the White House, hoping to offset a string of electoral defeats dating back to 1856. But they failed miserably, a warning to modern-day Republicans who think they've finally got an issue to topple Obama...


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