When he wasn't being called the Antichrist by both religious loonies and his political opponents (some of whom were religious loonies), Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns were dogged by accusations that he wasn't born in the United States and therefore wasn't eligible for office. It was crazy, racist horseshit ... which 58 percent of GOP voters believed and which, contrary to popular belief, was initially popularized by Hillary supporters during the 2008 primaries. This act of bipartisan hackery prospered among the hardcore anti-Obamantichrists on the left and right, and it perhaps later softened the blow of having a president in office whom they never, ever wanted. We know that the birther sentiment never disappeared during his first term -- over 25 percent of voters still believed the conspiracies, a figure which only dropped to 13 percent after Obama released his long-form birth certificate. The Antichrist rumors, meanwhile, remain uninvestigated.
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It was the exact same situation for George W. Bush in 2004 (we didn't have a hashtag for it, because they hadn't been invented yet). A wildly-imaginative bipartisan conspiracy prospered among his most vocal critics during an election run-up, only to get more and more intense after his victory.