Donald Trump, Birthers Exploit Loretta Fuddy’s Death

The Hawaiian official, who verified and approved the release of the president’s birth certificate, died Wednesday in a commercial plane crash. 

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Just as the Obamas are likely preparing to spend their annual winter vacation in Hawaii, the birther movement is peddling yet another outrageous conspiracy theory about the authenticity of the president’s birth certificate, the Huffington Post reports.

Loretta Fuddy, the director of Hawaii's Department of Health, died Wednesday in a small, commercial plane crash off the coast of the Hawaiian island Molokai, the report shows. She had served as director of Hawaii's health department since March 2011 and was the official who verified and approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate. At the time, Fuddy said that the records "further prove the fact that he was born in Hawaii."

It didn't take long for conservatives to take to social media to imply that the crash was no accident.

One tweeter wondered if the White House was simply “tying up loose ends”:

And of course Donald Trump weighed in:

Despite the wild theories, Fuddy's successes were celebrated.

“Our hearts are broken,” Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement, the Huffington Post reports. “Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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