Ben Shapiro: No prominent GOP figure ever questioned Obama's legitimacy

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said he wasn’t aware of “a single major Republican figure” that made claims of former President Obama being an illegitimate president, seemingly ignoring President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE’s repeated assertions that Obama was not born in the U.S. 

“Republicans impeached Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonImpeachment trial will need a 'Perry Mason moment' Meet Pelosi's 7 impeachment managers Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results MORE in the 1990s, they never made a move to impeach Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE despite the myriad of scandals that cropped up during his administration,” Shapiro said in a video clip reported Monday by The Daily Beast

Shapiro did not elaborate on the “myriad of scandals” he is referencing.

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“I’m not aware of a single major Republican figure who said Barack Obama is not the president of the United States," he added.

Trump help spur the "birtherism" conspiracy theory before he entered politics with unfounded accusations that Obama was not born in the U.S. He was among the most prominent figures to call on Obama to produce his birth certificate, not typically asked of presidential candidates, when he discussed a possible 2012 presidential run. 

Trump finally admitted the fact that the then-president was born in the U.S. in September 2016, without apologizing or explaining the change in his beliefs. 

Other prominent Republicans backed the conspiracy theory, including Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.), who campaigned in 2012 saying he wanted to send Obama “home to Kenya.” 

Obama was born in Hawaii.