Trump warns of 'greatest scam' ever
March 31st, 2011
01:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump warns of 'greatest scam' ever

(CNN) – It's official: Donald Trump is a "birther." But he'd prefer you don't use that term.

Speaking to MSNBC Thursday, the business mogul and improbable presidential candidate reiterated much of what he has said in the last several days when it comes to doubting President Obama's birthplace, declaring, "I am embracing the issue, and I'm proud of the issue. I think somebody has to embrace it."

Trump, who in the last two weeks has raised the debunked issue on several programs, added he finds the term "birther" downright insulting.

"I don't like the name birther," he said. "I think it's very unfair and derogatory to a lot of good people that happen to think there is a possibility that this man was not born in this country."

Trump added he will continue to press the issue because, "If it were true, it'd be the greatest scam in the history of this country."

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  1. harleydavidson

    I did not vote for obama, and never will. So to me it does not matter if he was truly born in the US or not, because he isn't getting my vote anyway. But Trump has a point. Why is obama hiding and worse, spending millions to fight the issue? If obama does not want to show his birth certificate to the public, he should at least show it to Congress, then it would be over with. Until obama does this, for the rest of his legacy, he will forever be known as the president without a birth certificate...sound incredibly stupid move to me.

    March 31, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. usa/canada

    he finds it insulting!! it's time to call a spade a spade. As in the dred Scott case the supreme court said that people of African descent were not protected by the Constitution and could never be U.S. citizens

    funny how the song remains the same. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    OH and Birther does = Racist

    March 31, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. D

    What an idiot. How the heck is "birther" derogatory to anyone?
    Once again, someone complaining about something they don't like and yet not offering any alternative solutions. Typical.

    March 31, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Dover

    We still havn't seen Trumps real birth certificate, he could only produce an illegitimate one so far. Hypocrite.

    March 31, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. mar

    "possibility that this man was not born in this country."
    Is Trump calling the president of the united states of America "this man"? You are cheap, classless and not smart. It's sad that the media even gives you the time of the day....just looking at your picture makes me sick.

    March 31, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. isaac mau

    this is true, trump is an attention hog, for the past two weeks he's been trying to put spot light on him but there are so many more important issues then him right now. The only news report about him right now thats worthy for the news is him making an idiot of himself

    March 31, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Trump was VERY smart when he released his hospital birth certificate and got a public outcry saying it wasn't an "official" birth certificate. He then got the "official" birth certificate within 24 hours. He showed everyone how easy it was to get the "official" paperwork. Why won't Obummie release his? What is he hiding? If nothing else release the hospital admission of his mother and his birth from that admission. Where there is smoke there is fire. Just saying..........

    March 31, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Gabriella

    Trump: "I am embracing the [birther] issue..."

    The issue is a smokescreen. How does one embrace smoke?

    The Don couldn't care less where President Obama was, or was not born and he has zero interest in the future of the country, or in government, period. I think he's running for president as a loon because it currently suits his ego. He sees a run as a fun and profitable skip through the Summer, something controversial to write a book about, another channel to exploit publicity for his TV show/ratings, and/or whatever will be his next big non-political project.

    March 31, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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