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. Erica

    Who cares what Donald says, Even if the president was born elsewhere he'd still be more capable of running this country than someone who runs a poorly put-together reality show...get a life trump, seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Gary

    You don't like the name "birther?" Let's try a few others then Donald... How about "Lunatic?" "Crackpot?" "Delusional?" This is what happens when people with nothing important to say are given a forum to spew wackiness. Can we please stop giving media attention to this ludicrous topic? All you do is bolster tea party morons who actually think they represent the ideals of our forefathers, and then go around and stick Hitler mustaches on Obama pictures (and don't deny it or say it's fringe elements – I had to confront these idiots on the top of Wall Street in Manhattan a few months ago).

    March 31, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Donald Trump used to be my hero in the real estate field. but i really didn't ever think he could be this gullible. does he really think that someone back in Hawaii in the year Obama was born thought 'wow, i'd better plant a fake birth announcement in the paper so when this kid becomes president, it'll look like he was born here.'??? the birther movement is just a ploy to try to delegitimize the country's first black president. it's totally mindless and disgusting. it shows how far we have not come as a country and a species that there is this much debate over this non-issue. it's like folks arguing that the moon really is made of green cheese and NASA is covering it up.

    March 31, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. mecrtp

    Birther is insulting? How about Moron?

    I used to respect Trump for his business accomplishments and have always thought that that kind of real world success provides some credentials that could be relevant in public office. Boy was I wrong!

    March 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. cony 007

    One of the biggest scam artist of our time is Trump himself. Trumpy remember when you cried to congress why you had to pay taxes for you casinos and the Native American Indians didn't have to pay a penny in taxes. Well Trumpy your kind were not wipe off the face of the earth. NAIs were genocide by your people. Anyone that votes for Trumpy must be one of those kinds of people that genocide the NIAs and enslave our black brothers and sisters. I rather have an Obama born on the moon as our president then the BUSH CRIME FAMILY from Texas..

    March 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Bob from Pittsburgh

    I always thought Trump as a smart person..
    Today I find his statements kind of ludicrous. First the skirmishes with Rosie O’Donnell then 25% tariff on Chinese goods, now the birther issue. At one time Trump made sense, like when he talked about Iraq, then Afghanistan, but now all I hear from him is horse doodoo..

    The Donald must wake up… you are looking like a fool…

    March 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Byrd

    Trump is a complete idiot who even ran a casino, which always win by the way, into the ground. And now a bunch of idiots are poised to let him do the same with what's left of our country. We don't care about your birth certificates, but we will want to DNA test all of his supporters to make sure they're human and not some reptilian species of cold-hearted and cold-blooded morons.

    March 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. American

    So... the birth announcements in two different papers (common practice at the time) were placed there by Marxist time travelers seeking to destroy America from within? He's American. He's black. He's President, get over it already.

    The right wing in this country caused the greatest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. Obama's doing a fine job so far, despite the birthers, birchers, racists, reprobates and Republicans (often one and the same).

    Trump? A joke with money.

    March 31, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Richard

    Of course, it would be the greatest scam in the history of this country, if it were true!

    What's left unsaid is how idiotic and futile it is to continue this harassment. I am a black man and, though I've never intentionally attempted to pull a ruse, I can assure you that more mundane things about me have been subjected to intense scrutiny than presidential eligibility. Try trying to get a government load or a Secret Clearance!

    What really irks me is that if Barrack Obama, citizen, had volunteered to go fight George Bush's insane war in Iraq, his birth certificate would have proven quite sufficient. This is Donald Trump's ridiculous effort to keep alive ANYTHING that could possibly deflect from his woeful inadequacy and the President's super performance.

    The President was born in Hawaii! AND, why don't you hear outcry about a white man, BORN IN PANAMA, thinking he might run for President?

    March 31, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. kyle

    he doesn't like the term "birther". ok, how about RACIST. that's the only thing it could be when you question President Obama's birth, yet want John McCain to win the 2008 elections when he was born on a military base (not sovern soil) in Panama.

    March 31, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. The Truth

    Ok, so here we go with another sad soul. It is beyond my imagination that a man so accomplished as Trump can latch onto something so stupid. It seems that the GOP has no shortage of lunatics and fringe elements that are fighting to retain control of this country. They are fighting a battle that has raged since the civil war and have no intention on letting up even if it damages their party in doing so. I used to despise the GOp and still do to a degree. But, now I just feel sorry for them as they know not what they do. Or, in Trumps case, he does no what he is doing. He doesn't believe his own words but is appeasing the Tea Party nut jobs. That makes him in my book a loser!!

    March 31, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. TM

    The term "birther" is quite appropriate. It concisely identifies a segment of the country that is willfully ignorant of a well established fact. It does not matter how many "good people" believe that the President is not a natural born citizen of this country. Numbers do NOT change FACTS. And if Mr Trump is insulted by the term being applied to himself he has two choices: he can avail himself of the FACTS that debunk this invented fantasy, or he can continue to embrace a proven falsehood. The same goes for all the other "good people" out there.

    March 31, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. CommonSensical

    Well, thank God that the Donald has eliminated his chances of ever becoming president by demonstrating that he has no sense – oh wait, that may not be a disqualification in the USA.

    But seriuosly, I think the fumes from his toupee have caused brain damage.

    Time to boycott all Trump related news, Tv, Trump owned hotels and casinos and other vehicles where this megalomaniac makes money or uses for a bully pulpit.

    Please, here is a guy who mistakes greed for morality and wants to be president.

    March 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. victor J

    The biggest scam in the history of this country is the person who convinced him that his hair piece is natural looking. The other biggest scam in the history of this country is people like him who have convinced 51% of voting republicans that the President is not a U.S. born citizen. Don't you think if this were true that his opponents would have made sure his name never reached a ballot? Some people need to just move on to more important issues.

    March 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    If it were true, not being born in the USA, it would be one of the greatest scams in US history.

    If it were true, that he was born in the USA, then it would be one of the greatest shams in US history.

    March 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. KO

    It's official–he's a delusionary wacko. Given the Clintons' intense political acumen, does any sane person think if this was a real issue it wouldn't have come up in the 2008 primaries? He's just making himself look more and more like an idiot.

    March 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Sue

    Thank you Trump!!! As you know--ANYONE can place an announcement in a newspaper-you can even place it in another paper/state. You can place marraiage, engagement, graduation, birth announcements in any paper that you want, as long as you pay for it. Obama's grandparents probably paid to have the announcement placed in the paper-so that their daughter could attempt to use it as proof for school, benefits, etc.-when she reentered the US with Obama.

    Did you know that Obama's SS number is from Connecticut? Why would he have a SS number for Connecticut?

    It is funny how the Hawaii Governor swore to everyone that he was going to release Obama's birth certificate to end the questions/controversy so that everyone could see it. However, weeks later had to admit that he could not find it. Even friends of this Gov went on radio shows and were quoted in papers saying that the Gov could not find it. Thank you Trump for someone finally giving this the attention that it deserves. Obama is hiding something, and we want to know what it is.

    March 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. blaqmajik

    "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."....But you have no problem being derogatory towards your Commander in Chief by keeping this fiasco of a debate up. Trump is such as A-hole, Can't wait till he loses his presidential dreams then America can tell him that he's FIRED

    March 31, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The only "scam" here is that there are American voters who (1) think Donald is going to run for president and (2) think he has a legitimate chance of winning.

    March 31, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. G

    Please stop Mr.Trump this is just getting embarrassing.

    1) Obama did show his birth certificate (check online)
    2) Two newspapers in Hawaii reported the day he was born.
    3) He did attend school in Hawaii you can check his school records.
    4) Hawaii does NOT give out long form birth certificates.
    5) We all carry a photocopy of our birth certificate the state is the only one that carries the original copy.
    6) Focus on more important issues like the economy.

    March 31, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Seraphim0

    Donald Trump and Sarah palin... amazing what kind of people are becoming the posterchildren for the GOP. A ruthless realestate tycoon who has a history of declaring himself bankrupt, scams and cheats people (and admits that he has felt good about doing so- ghadafi, anyone?)- great pick for a president. We can trust him to keep the budget out of the red and our foreign relations solid. And Sarah... the mama grizzly girl who quit halfway through her term, but somehow things we can trust her to be president (maybe, if she'd make up her mind about running). Yeah... we can trust her not to make us look bad or increase uneccessary defense budget programs- and if she thinks its worth it, she might stay for her full term.

    I agree with the neccessity of the GOP, and appreciate their persepctives on issues... but these two wing nuts we are better off without.

    March 31, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Joanne Cregger

    Trump says,"Why aren't there any nurses that remember Obama being born in a Honalulu hospital?" It is so obvious, Mr. Trump. Why would nurses remember a little black baby born to two obscure students over 60 years ago? He wasn't born to a prominent New York family. He was born and raised in obscurity, mostly by grandparents of meager means. He was a face in the crowd. He does not have a circle of old rich school chums and connections to a good old boy network of rich business cronies. President Obama is the product of the real American dream. You wouldn't understandm Mr. Trump.

    March 31, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Calm Dog

    "...the greatest scam in the history of this country." Really? What about the shooter on the grassy knoll? What about area 51? What about 9/11 as an inside job? What about the Roswell aliens? What about the New World Order?
    I never had what you might call 'respect' for Mr. Trump. More like reluctant tolerance. Now that's gone. This guy's a loon.

    March 31, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. skitownrefugee

    This is wonderful NEWS! I had been wanting a reason to get behind "The Donald" in his bid to become president and now he just put his finger on the most important issue facing our country – and indeed the world – Where was Obama born? Next he should require Obama to prove he's not a Muslim and maybe his driver's license isn't real either. Thanks for exposing this Donald – you should be president because you're so darn smart and always right too !

    Let's face it – half of these jokers like Trump, Huckabee and Palin are really entertainers and they just don't pass the straight face test as serious presidential candidates. All they know is how to say something outrageous to get the attention the need to stroke their inflated egos. It will however be lots of fun watching them run and one by one – fall by the wayside.

    March 31, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Twilighttrail

    Such ignorance and bigotry are truly frightening considering the power and money this man has. Make no mistake, the birthers (sorry Donald) are racists. If Obama were not half African American does anyone who is honest with himself really believe for a moment these questions would continue to be raised? Birthers hate it that a person of color is in the Whitehouse, but they can't say that, so they are desperate for a reason to believe this is an illigetimate presidency. What is most alarming is that so many people are willing to spout this nonsense, an indication of the level of willful ignorance we are now suffering.

    March 31, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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