Birther Orly Taitz has been granted a court hearing to keep President Obama off the Kansas state ballot due to suspicion surrounding his US citizenship.
Taitz, who works as a California dentist and a lawyer, claims that Obama’s birth certificate is fraudulent and that the president is using a fake Social Security number from Connecticut. Taitz says that as a result of forging his US citizenship documents and committing identity theft, he should not be eligible to run for president again, the Huffington Post reports.
The Kansas state Objections Board ruled on Monday to drop the lawsuit to consider removing Obama from the ballot, but Kansas District Court Judge Larry Hendricks scheduled an Oct. 3 court hearing to overturn the board’s decision.
After claiming that the board ignored evidence that should have disqualified Obama, Taitz was granted the hearing.
Joe Montgomery, a Kansas resident who initially objected to Obama’s eligibility but then withdrew his claim, stated last week that Obama could not be US citizen because his father was a Kenyan and UK national.Citizenship, he said, comes primarily from the father. After Montgomery and his family received threats, he withdrew his objection on Sept. 15 – the claim which the board based its decision on.
Now Taitz, together with Kansas resident Roger Walters, plans to take over the case and provide additional evidence of“forgery and fraud” regarding Obama’s birth certificate.
While working in California, she is asking supporters for donations to pay for her plane ticket to Kansas to attend the October hearing.
“Supporters are urged to be in the courtroom and donate to Dr. Taitz in order to help with expenses of her flight to Kansas for the second time and litigation expenses,” she wrote on her website.
In response, several high-profile celebrities have tweeted their criticism of the case. Cher said the Kansas Republican Party was “beneath slime.” State Rep. Ann May said the state was a “laughing stock again.”
And as state GOP officials emphasize that the birther movement does not represent their party, Taitz continues to gather “evidence” that Obama’s birth certificate is fake.