Trump warns of 'greatest scam' ever
March 31st, 2011
01:28 PM ET
9 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. Joshua Ludd

    "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."

    Yeah, and its pretty derogatory and insulting to the president to keep this issue alive despite all proof that he was born in this country. I've seen plenty of proof of that... I've yet to see one shred of proof.. outside of his skin color and name... that point to him not having been born in America.

    March 31, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    This from the dolt that defaulted on a $40 million loan from the Deutsche Bank because he claims that the 2008 financial crisis was "an act of God".

    March 31, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Stewart

    Hey Birther Trump,

    Please go to your nearest Radio Shack and have them install a mute button in you. If you really want a chance at the Presidency, aligning yourself with the 10% of the population that are birthers is not the way to go, because the other 90% of the country can see them for the whackjobs that they are.

    March 31, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Douglas Democrat

    "If it were true, it'd be the greatest scam in the history of this country."

    Yeah, and if pigs had wings we'd all carry umbrellas.

    Seriously, does he even have the SLIGHTEST idea how many people would need to be involved, at every level of government, on both sides of the aisle, without anyone "blowing the whistle" to pull this off?

    The mafia wishes it had that kind of code of silence.

    March 31, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Dave

    Yawn... Trump is just looking for attention. He knows he has no chance of winning and this is just a way to draw attenton to himself. No more, no less. Nothing to see here.

    March 31, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. UrAverageJoe

    Keep it up Donald – we need more crazy people out there! Everyone knows his parents placed a birth announcement in the newspaper 50 years ago so he could dupe the American Public 50 years later into believing he was a citizen and could run for President with the name Barak Hussein Obama! It's only logical!

    March 31, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Anthony

    You used to call President Bush the worst president in the history of the U.S. In a NY1 interview in 2008, you said: "Bush has been so bad, maybe the worst president in the history of this country. He has been so incompetent, so bad, so evil that I don't think any Republican could have won." You also said of Obama: "I think he has a chance to go down as a great president." Who is scamming whom here?

    March 31, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Chas in Iowa

    Getting kinda old Donald.
    The GOP rode this horse to death two years ago.
    Come on and catch up will ya?

    March 31, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Dave

    If ya got funny hair, ya might as well be a clown. And that's Donald Trump.

    This guy is nothing but a pathological narcissist. He's not even a good businessman; good businessmen don't have to keep filing bankruptcy over and over. Trump is going after this completely bogus issue because he has no knowledge of the real issues in this country. He just wants attention, and acting a fool is the easiest way to get it.

    March 31, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. DAW

    I think Donald Trump is the biggest scam in america, where does he get over himself, how stupid can a rich person be??? guess when now know the answer to that one.

    March 31, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Ron St. Louis

    When someone is confronted with irrefutable evidence and continues to believe the contrary, then they are either a fanatic or legally insane.

    March 31, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. ST

    Anyone who is taking this man seriously should think twice. He proves every day that he is the empty suit. Doesn't he know where to go and present he craziness claims. It is in the court Trump!. Many have been there and their claims were kicked out. Yours will undergo the same path.

    March 31, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Ray in Vegas

    Yay! Keep it up Trump. The more this ridiculous assertion gets tied in with ANYONE opposing Obama next election the better the chance Obama will be re-elected. Anyone running on the "birther" platform will absolutely regret it. If the Donald had any chance at all .. he blew it by anchoring his position to this tinfoil hat wearing movement. Bring it on! Oh yeah, and why don't you waste a few million on a presidential campaign while you're at it, Trump. You have far to much money and media attention for such an idiot.

    March 31, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. citizen by choice

    He's just desperate for attention. If he says Obama was not born here, then he has to prove it. Not the other way around.

    March 31, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Ferret out the B.S.

    Several bloggers over time regarding this same issue have already stated the obvious; the FBI, CIA, etc, etc.... would have researched this enough to determine the truth. The Donald is blowing smoke up everybody's kiester just to make himself look important however it is completely self-serving. He wants to stand out from the rest of the pack of GOP idiots trying to vie for being the presidential candidate in 2012.

    March 31, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. The Acqua

    What if this is the greatest scam in history? Even more scary is that Trump's exposure in the media leads to someone finding out something about Obama that is very very bad. In turn, Trump will get the credit abd will turn him into an American hero and will be elected president. Another possibility is that Trump knows some powerful people and that they have some form of dirt of Obama. Bam! Trump pulls another fast one and he is elected president. Scary huh?

    March 31, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. beevee

    A crook always thinks that everyone else is a crook. Mr. Trump! you are the scam artist who proudly claimed that you screwed Gaddafi. Shame on you.

    March 31, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Susan Reich

    Your headline is completely misleading. He did not warn of anything. Quit sensationalizing all things birth-certificate related. It's insulting to your readers.

    March 31, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Hinterlandg

    Right Donald. The biggest scam. Only he can't produce the a copy of his long form birth certificate either. Still can't accept the black man as a president, right? Ridiculous. Even Bill O'Reilly slammed Donald Trump for this nonsense.

    March 31, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Kendra

    It seems to me that people are looking for any excuse not to claim Obama as president. I would think that before he was even elected the secret service would have a file on him a mile thick. But people still what to believe that he is not a legit president. Now the "guy with the bad comb over" wants to stir the pot. If there was a legal wat the GOP could have Obama thrown out I beleived they would have already found it.

    March 31, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. cf

    He doesn't like the term "birther" because it is "unfair and derogatory," but he doesn't think it's unfair and derogatory to call the President a liar and a foreigner? Trump is an idiot. And, by the way, we still haven't seen your official birth certificate, Mr Trump! (Or Palin's, or McCain's, or Romney's, or Huckabee's...)

    March 31, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Speaking of scams, isn't this the same Donald Trumpt that, when he filed for bankrupcy, made sure that the court provided him with more than sufficient monthly income to live the style that people "expect him to live", and who had little inconvenience to his lifestyle, and little concern for those that that lost income and business even though he was essentially unaffected?

    Just asking is all.

    March 31, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. roro

    I had a modicum of respect for Trump before, but that's gone now that he's embraced this ridiculous issue. Obama's official birth certificate has been shown, anyone can find it, and the announcement in the newspaper caps it off. But keep it up, Donald, to prove what a jerk you have become.

    March 31, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Steve Thomas

    Quite frankly, it is disappointing that someone who should know better can be so simple minded. I guess it just goes to show that, in America, someone can be dumb but still a billionaire...

    March 31, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    The issue simply is one of a other who spent most of her time abroad, and whether she really gave birth in Hawaii, or whether someone simply gave her child a birth certificate that said her child was born in Hawaii, when he wasn't.

    That is still a valid question, given the circumstances surrounding his mother.

    March 31, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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