Trump warns of 'greatest scam' ever
March 31st, 2011
01:28 PM ET
10 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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The fact is that he is a "birther" is not indispute. He denies something that every court has accepted - Obama was born in the 50th state. I want to see their proof or evidence that he was born outside the US. McCain wasn't born on US soil. The question for him was about being born on a military base; is that acceptable?

    March 31, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Jerome

    I'm sorry Mr. Trump, but this makes you a birther. Oh, and by the way, this just killed your chances of being the next President of the United States. Your Fired!

    March 31, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Steve

    The greatest scam in history would be believing this man has intelligence! Lumping himself with Palin and Gingrich is not a good sign that he has any real smarts. He will never be President but he could find a job as Propaganda Minister for the GOP.

    March 31, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. rta

    this man is nothing but an opportunist. he is using the birther issue for sensationalism and to try and keep the country apart. he is not a patriot, he is not american and he has no american values. donald trump is a fraud and that is the greatest scam ever

    March 31, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Nick , California

    ha ha.. his reality show is going to get great ratings.. he isn't a serious presidential contender.. he is a suit who loves his money! Being president would require too much of this fragile capitalist.. Its sad to see him stuck on this "birther" stuff.. but its all part of the game. To say our president wasn't born here is a slap in the face to all of our armed forces and defending agencies like the CIA and FBI.

    March 31, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. AC

    Yes, it would be the greatest scam ever, unseating Donald who currently holds the title. I wish everyone would just move on to actual policy debates, of which there are many.

    March 31, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Greg

    This guy has filed for bankruptcy how many times? Trump has even more skeletons in the closet than Newt Gingrich, and is even less likely than Sarah Palin to get the nod from Republicans. Apparently all one needs is money to get their message out, but that still doesn't provide any credibility.

    March 31, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. bigmowma

    Um no, the biggest scam is that a bunch of dim witted middle easterners were able to hijack 4 airplanes over US airspace without any response for over an hour, and then fly them like the pros can't even do, and crash into the most heavily protected building on US soil among others. Trump is probably buddies with Larry Silverstein so of course he won't look into THAT can of worms. ("Pulling WTC 7" – hm....was that building pre-wired with explosives so it could be brought down on command? Would you want to work in a building that was wired to blow up if Silverstein decided it was a good time?)

    March 31, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. S. In California - Obama 2012

    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."

    Just like the bankruptcies you filed? Talk about scam. You made your creditors/American tax payers pay off your debts and you continue to live like a king? How about those thousand dollar plus sheets you MUST sleep on every night or about those extra wives just hanging around? You make me sick.

    March 31, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Max Lowe

    So this is the only issue Trump can muster?! HIs sole point to talk about is a non issue and he can't think of another issue that he thinks is important and would lend itself to his qualifications? It sounds like just another Trump publicity stunt and there is such a huge "news" mechanism in place, hungry for anything to print, it's working.. He should be ignored until he says something of substance.

    March 31, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. A. P.

    Trump is insulting the presidential process and the people who verify the candidates. Trump needs to go back to his real estate scams and stay out of the political arena. He doesn't want to be called a birther because it is insulting, but has no problem insulting the President of the United States? what a shame.

    March 31, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. pete

    Why should anyone listen to a guy who has bankrupted a casino...3 TIMES!!!??? How do you not make money with a casino? He has profited well, for himself. He gets millions, while his businesses tank. Good roll model

    March 31, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. VTHokie407

    I noticed CNN for the last few days had an article on the Political Ticker about Trump releasing a non-official birth certificate, and wondered if they would correct it after he released the official birth certificate. Not to my surprise, they didn't mention it, and in fact kept up the article claiming he released a non-official one and was therefore a "hypocrite." Now, a new article appears, slanted against him, calling him a "birther" obsessed with a "debunked" issue. Yet, still no mention that Trump released his official birth certificate.
    One of my favorite things to do is to peruse the CNN Political Ticker headlines – "Anti-conservative story, anti-conservative story, anti-Republican story, anti-Tea Party story, neutral story, pro-Democrat story, pro-Democrat story, pro-liberal story, anti-conservative story." That's usually the formula.

    March 31, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Smartymarty

    I think it's downright insulting for Trump to refer to the President of the United States as "this man". He deserves to be referred to in a respectful manner. Donald Trump is only using this issue to get airtime.

    March 31, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. HMPO

    I don't understand he reason won't reveal his true birth certificate.

    Maybe his grandmother and aunt are correct and he was born in Kenya.

    March 31, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. TCM

    haha...this is great...someone the Obama adminstration cannot intimidate or coerce with government money...Trump's right, Obama's the biggest scam in the nation's history

    March 31, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Peter

    I just moved The Donald to my unqualified column.

    (There are a number of other reasons to support the move. If he handles government affairs as he does business, we'll be in trouble financially and with international relations. How many times has he stiffed his partners/investors in projects? I can see him taking other officials to the board room – we used to call it the oval office.)

    March 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. V in Chicago

    And who would know a scam better than "The Donald". This is completely ridicluous! If this was a scam, the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and anyone else who checks these things out would all to be in on it. Don't you think the Repbulicans would have pursued every avenue know to man to prove this in 2008? He!!, even Hillary would have done so before she lost the nomination. Any idiot who still thinks President Obama is not a US Citizen is a moron. There is no way you could get the entire intelligence community in the country to commit such a cover-up.

    But, keep it up Donald. It shows you for the bafoon you truley are.

    March 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. vic

    How sad to see how far this guy has fallen. He is not happy with his all his money, he still needs attention any way he can get it.
    Lucky for the nation he will never hold public office, unless he runs for president of the flat earth society.

    March 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. david in chicago

    you can't be a birther without being either a liar or a fool

    March 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. George B from Ohio

    I thought Trump was at least semi-serious about a presidential bid and would offer some sage economic advice based on his business background, instead he instantly loses all credibility by attaching himself to this fringe issue. His persona is that of a buffoon, really kind of sad and pathetic. So far the Republican Party appears to have slim pickings when it comes to viable presidential candidates. At this point in time, and things can change quickly, it appears President Obama will not have too tough a time getting re-elected.

    March 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Tom california

    Trump is the greatest scam artist in history. He's tricked americans into thinking he is a good buisnessman.

    March 31, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Barbara

    I used to admire Donald Trump. I used to watch The Apprentice. All that has changed. We have bigger issues in this country besides getting on this ridiculous bandwagon. Maybe this shows he has no plans of his own; no vision. I admire our born in Hawaii President. He is strong; forthright; and trying to do the best he can amidst all this garbage and all the problems he has to deal with-this is a true President.

    March 31, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Newt

    You want to embrace the issue then man up and wear the Birther badge proudly. Kind of like the white feather badge of war doves in years past. Somebody needs to let out about 50 PSI out of this overinflated, self-important, gas bag's head.

    March 31, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Chulk

    I'd think that if president Obama's birth location was truely a problem, it would have been been proven many many years ago. I guess this is what milliionare want-to-be presidents do when they have nothing else better to do with their time to try to get votes. I always doubt people who have a vested interest in their own gain by making claims that make their oppenent look bad. Trump obviously does not want President Obama to win another term in office and he has the millions to spend to try to make that happen. Trump may try to spend his way to try to convince me to not vote for President Obama, but there is no amount of money Trump can pay me to vote for him.

    March 31, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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