5. Papers, Please
Short Version: Mitt Romney bought into the Birther Nonsense.
Less-Short Version: Questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States has always been one of the least coded of the many coded racist attacks on the first African-American commander-in-chief. Mitt Romney took a while, but he finally stepped in the big steaming pile o’ birther bullshit in August. Speaking at a campaign event in Michigan, Romney said, “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised. Where both of us were born.... No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”