Arizona State Rep. says Trump very supportive of his 'birther bill'
April 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona State Rep. says Trump very supportive of his 'birther bill'

(CNN) - Fresh off scoring a meeting with Donald Trump, Arizona State Rep. Carl Seel says the business mogul is "very supportive" of his proposed so-called "birther bill" that would require any presidential candidate to prove that he or she was, in fact, born in the United States.

"Mr. Trump is very supportive of my bill to just simply require anyone running for president, or, in the case of Arizona, anyone running for any office, to show that they're lawfully qualified to run," Seel told reporters after his meeting with the potential Republican presidential candidate.

Seel's office told CNN the lawmaker reached out to Trump to request a meeting – a request Trump was quick to accept.

Seel added his bill is not targeted at President Obama – who Trump has repeatedly suggested may not have been born in the United States.

"This bill is not about Obama. It's not about that," he said. "It's about future elections and maintaining the integrity of the Constitution."

"In speaking to Mr.Trump, he indicated that he's supportive of clearly enforcing the Constitution and it's quite reasonable for anyone running for office, particularly the highest office in the land, to demonstrate that they were naturally born or have a birth certificate for this nation," Seel continued.

Seel's bill passed an Arizona Senate subcommittee and now awaits a vote by the entire chamber.

In response to the Trump meeting, the Arizona Democratic Party in a statement said, "It's sad to see the attention being paid to a reality TV star hosting a meeting on a fake issue. We have real problems in Arizona and America, and we need real leaders. The Arizona Republicans who wasted our time passing this 'birther' bill will hear a familiar message from voters in November 2012: 'You're fired.'"

– CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Donald Trump
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Rose

    I think the birther bill is a good idea. It leaves no candidate out, they must ALL provide proof of citizenship. If that bill was in pplace in 2008 we would not be having this discussion today. I have to believe that no candidate would be unwilling to provide the information requested. If there is no proof shown then they should not be allowed on the ballot. Those who don't provide the proof must have something to hide.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. JustMe

    Of course he is!

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. B

    These guys are a national embarrassment and a disgrace to thoughtful people.

    It is obvious to most Americans that they are simply bigots which isn’t surprising.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. CBR

    Congressman Seel and Donald Trump will join forces? It would be more accurate to say that Donald Trump will be the honcho. This whole business is ridiculous. It has wasted the time of Congress, the country and the President. It would be lovely to see the same energy put into getting the budget passed; raising the amount of money for medical care for all soldiers returning form the Middle East; and insuring that no child goes hungry. Unfortunately none of these would provide the press coverage they want and need.

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have gone INSANE!

    Either Trump has lost his mind (quite possible) or this is part of a broader GOBP strategy to turn up the crazy now and then offer up a "sane" candidate next year to appease the average Americans too gullible to recognize the "sane" one will also be cult capitalist striving to destroy the poor, the middle class and the environment.

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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