(CNN) – Donald Trump predicted fanning the "birther" flames is a "positive thing" for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.
During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the real estate mogul said the issue would help the Texas governor in the Republican presidential primary, but might not be "good for him in the general election."
Trump championed the "birther" issue during his flirtation with a bid for the White House. President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, eventually released the long form version of the document to seemingly combat the growing rumors.
Texas Gov. Perry recently expressed doubts about the validity of the birth certificate.
On Wednesday, Perry told Florida's Bay News 9 he was "just having some fun with Donald Trump."
But Trump continued to raise questions about the certificate, saying Obama "might have been" born in America.
"My gut tells me a couple of things. Number 1, you know it took a long time to produce this certificate and when it came out, as you know, you check out the internet, many people say it is not real. Okay? It's a forgery," Trump said. "And the other thing is, nobody has been able to see the day of his birth, they had twins born, they had the other one born. Nobody has been able to find any records that he was born in that hospital."
CNN released the results of its own investigation into the controversy earlier this year. Documents and statements from numerous public officials and childhood friends made clear that the president was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.
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does anyone still care what trump says anymore i mean go make your money and stay off my tv.
If Donald Trump will have his hair done in an "Afro" I'll vote for him - that is, if I can quit laughing long enough.....
I will gratefully vote for any of the people on the GOP side. . I would any day, any year, rather than ever give BO a vote. He is out-qualified experientially, very easily, by any one of the current GOP candidates. Our country would be in much better fiscal shape if one of them could have replaced him already.
Who ever takes any advice from Donal Trump needs to have his or her head examined. The man is as much a lunatic as he is filthy rich.
The birther issue will help him in the primary but not in the general election, says Trump. Perhaps that is because the majority of Republicans believe things that are not true, and the majority of Americans can see right through it?
Hey, Donald.. remind me again why anyone thought Obama might not have been born in the US in the first place. Why did you nutjobs want to see his birth certificate in the first place? Oh yeah... funny name and brown skin.
A really original move from both Trump and Perry. Wow, we'll get Obama with the birther thing. Two boobs.
His perspective is so irrelevant to what needs to be the focus. We have people out there hurting financially, trying to make ends meet, and here we are writing about what "the Irrelevant Donald" has to say about Perry's unequivocally wrong move into bringing the birther issue into the campaign.
The things we Americans focus on...we're not too smart, and it shows.
We should be spending our time listening to people who can make a difference, not people who are self-absorbed and consumed with insuring their own progress.
Donald Tramp shut up. Your are starting to sound like Hugo Chavez.
I think Trump and Perry are doing each other, frankly, this hair thing going on. Maybe, as SANTORUM said, Perry, Romney and Trump have a thing for each other (and then does that AC/DC gesture). He should just stay home with his wife Melanoma.
Donald Tramp the Hugo Chavez of North America.
Give it a rest Trump. Besides, who would want to release his or her private info to almost 7 billion people?
I think Trump is a big phony....probably not as rich and certainly not as influential as he want us to think....don't believe truly wealthy folks need nor would desire reality show contracts....
It doesn't matter where on Earth you're born: if you have 1 parent who is an American citizen you are automatically an American citizen, yourself. Obama's mother is American, thus, he is American by birth. It's just like all those children of American servicemen left in Vietnam; once they could provide proof Daddy was a G.I. they got to come to America AS FULL CITIZENS. I have no use for Obama – he's a worse president than even Jimmy Carter – but this whole "birther" thing is stupid, baseless, and petty. Leave it alone, already!
It appears that Trump helped Texas Toast scuttle his own boat. I don't know how to characterize these guys without diving into the gutter for the right words, but I know they're anti-middle class, amoral, short on brain cells and egotistical . Funny how many politicians and obscenely rich ne'er-do-wells think so highly of themselves.
Republicans seem to all be nutty. Be sure not to vote for any one of them, or they will rip us a new one like Bush did in 2000.
C'mon....take a long look at that buffoon in the picture.Could any sane individual actually take that clown seriously? If you answered yes to that question....stay out of the poll booth over the next,oh,I don't know,sixty years.
Always good for a laugh :)
Maybe Trump is an under cover supporter for Obama and does this on purposes!!!
"CNN released the results of its own investigation into the controversy earlier this year. Documents and statements from numerous public officials and childhood friends made clear that the president was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961."
Hmmm, then why are those "results" not linked in the "Also see" section???
And we care about Trump's latest spouting because…????????
I'm sure there have been bad days politically in this country before. I hear that the days of Jefferson and Washington were pretty rough and tumble. But honestly, I am almost 60 and I have never seen a worse bunch, at every level and of every stripe.
I think it's cute when old people talk about stuff we don't really care about. You go GrandPa!!! ^^
I was surprised that even Romney could go to Donald after he trashed him regularly.