Arizona State Rep. says Trump very supportive of his 'birther bill'
April 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Arizona State Rep. says Trump very supportive of his 'birther bill'

(CNN) - Fresh off scoring a meeting with Donald Trump, Arizona State Rep. Carl Seel says the business mogul is "very supportive" of his proposed so-called "birther bill" that would require any presidential candidate to prove that he or she was, in fact, born in the United States.

"Mr. Trump is very supportive of my bill to just simply require anyone running for president, or, in the case of Arizona, anyone running for any office, to show that they're lawfully qualified to run," Seel told reporters after his meeting with the potential Republican presidential candidate.

Seel's office told CNN the lawmaker reached out to Trump to request a meeting – a request Trump was quick to accept.

Seel added his bill is not targeted at President Obama – who Trump has repeatedly suggested may not have been born in the United States.

"This bill is not about Obama. It's not about that," he said. "It's about future elections and maintaining the integrity of the Constitution."

"In speaking to Mr.Trump, he indicated that he's supportive of clearly enforcing the Constitution and it's quite reasonable for anyone running for office, particularly the highest office in the land, to demonstrate that they were naturally born or have a birth certificate for this nation," Seel continued.

Seel's bill passed an Arizona Senate subcommittee and now awaits a vote by the entire chamber.

In response to the Trump meeting, the Arizona Democratic Party in a statement said, "It's sad to see the attention being paid to a reality TV star hosting a meeting on a fake issue. We have real problems in Arizona and America, and we need real leaders. The Arizona Republicans who wasted our time passing this 'birther' bill will hear a familiar message from voters in November 2012: 'You're fired.'"

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Donald Trump
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Tony in Maine

    I think The Donald is just stupid enough and sufficiently self-centered to be the leader in the race for the Republican 2012 nomination for sacrificial lamb.

    April 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    No doubt Trump supports it. Too bad the bill is just a lot noise. States do not have any jursidiction in setting the rules for candidate names being placed on presidential ballots. The rules are the same for all states. Rules that are made at the federal level, not the state level.

    Does anyone out there believe that Mr. Trump is prepared for the required financial disclosures if and when he declares himself as a candidate? Did you know that Mr. Trump qualifies as one of those "small businesses" that you hear the GOTP speak about? Small means how many owners, not how many dollars.

    April 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Billie

    Donald Trump has changed his views from pro-choice and pro-gay marriage, among other things for one reason, so he can run for president. He is flat out lying about what President Obama's step-grandmother said about him being born in Kenya. She did NOT say that. She said she witnessed his birth in Hawaii. He has no principals, no morals and no ethics to perpetuate this lie. He is siding with the tea baggers/birthers just to get elected. If those people are going to support him, I suggest they should at least pick someone that actually believes in their views, like Huckabee.

    April 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Ex-GOP Con

    This is fine as long as it is required of ALL presidential candidates and just not those of color.

    BTW, Trump-where is YOUR birth certificate?

    April 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    "This bill is not about Obama. It's not about that"

    BS. Where was this bill when John McCain ran for POTUS in 2000? And who gives a rats tail what Trump thinks! You people are nothing but racists. Questioning the President's heritage or birthplace is a smack in the face to ALL African-Americans.

    April 8, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Isn't it ironic that the self-declared defenders of the Constitution find so many ways to bend it, if it not outright totally ignore it when it suits their needs?

    Anyone out there ever heard of a type of small business known as an "S Corporation"? No. It's a MAJOR corporate loop hole. Look it up. Trump qualifies as one of these small businesses that you hear the GOTP leaders so often expressing such grave concern over. Instead of filing your business taxes separately, you file them as part of your personal income taxes.

    Now you know why the GOTP is always so hot on personal tax cuts, and less talk about actual small business tax cuts.

    April 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. teaPARTYdemocrat

    You do not have to be BORN in the US to be a citizen, you just need to have one American parent.

    April 8, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Laverne

    It amazes me the level of new rules and standards since Barack Obama became president. It is hard to not be offended at some people actions and behavior because of the change in power. Republicans are the first to call someone unpatriotic, I tell you one thing being patriotic to a country that continue to deny certain people of the same rights and respect is a HUGE challenge in itself. I know there will be some that say it is not a race issue, well I say it sure is hell not about this policies because if it were, that would be the dispute/argument. Out of all the challenges facing this country, people are spending massive amounts of money pursuing something that is not there. All that money could be going to poor schools, hungry children, etc.. It is a shame, but one thing I am confident in is at the end of the day, there is a God that sits high and look low and final judgement will lie with a power much greater than any man. As far as Donald Trump is concerned, he is one of the most sleeziest people around. The man IS NOT going to run for president, he will never disclose his dirty financial dealings nor does he want to answer for all the sleezy women he sleeps with. He is a loser!

    April 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Larry L

    The Tea Party is the perfect home for this racist moron. People like Trump remain unemcumbered by reality. This list of Republican hopefuls is too ridiculous to be real.

    April 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. yeah right

    To sa its not about Obama is just plain stupid, if we had a white president this wouldnt even be an issue. If this is the basis of your campaign with all the other issues we are facing in America, then you and Trump are just STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. rusty155

    You know Donald Trump I use to have some Respect for you, But after you started all this birther stuff again you lost all the Respect I had for you. I think you are doing this just to keep your name In the news. And that pretty low, because you know he was born In America. You know John McCain had him check out.

    April 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Yeah, right, it's not about President Obama ... and if you believe that, I've got a bridge in Arizona I'd like to sell you ...

    April 8, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Marjee123

    I hope he keeps this stuff up, cause the more the people see of it, the more they dislike him. Not many cared for him anyway and he is just making it worst. He thinks he is gaining and in with the tea bags but every body is laughing at him. They dropped Beck because his sponsors left. Now Trumps show is going to go down the tubes because wait til he looses his sponsors for that crappy piece he does.

    April 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Really?...After all this time, and the Rep. says "It's not about Obama.." my hind end...He wouldn't have been elected if he hadn't been born in this country, there's enough people digging up dirt before elections that that would've been a major concern before he had even announced his candidacy. The fact that people such as Faux News are still running with this idea is laughable, and that the public still believes it just goes to prove that the public as a whole is dumb, but individuals can be intelligent. Besides, this is just more mis-information to lead people to not actually investigate the qualities and information on a candidate before making an informed decision at the polls...They just listen to what the bias media has to say, both left- and right-leaning outlets.

    April 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. w l jones

    Only a mother an grand mother knows who and where the children is born but a man have to believe what they are told,1, now take that to the bank.and cash it.

    April 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Nick, Martha's Vinyard

    Trump is beginning to look like Sarah Palin in an Armani suit. Only with a more uncontrollable gab. Someone should tell this
    loose cannon that a lot of people are rich, or have decent money. Its not like in the old days where only one man was king
    of the hill and everyone had to kow-tow to him. He needs to learn that with supposed "wealth", there should also be class.
    And the more Donald Trump talks, the more he is showing he has none. I've lost total respect for him.

    April 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Fed Up

    I thought that requirement was already in the Constitution. Of course, that only applies to certain people.

    April 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. REG in AZ

    What can anyone really expect from those who use gross dishonesty as their standard? It is like a Karl Rove tactic to just say it loud, say it often and never back down. Bush and Cheney did it often and boldly without any conscience. Now Donald Trump runs around not only offering the ridiculous but shouting it again and again. Limbaugh, Beck and Palin have been constant practitioners with their bazaar antics for years. The Republican Party has fully adopted it as their standard operating procedure with Boehner, McConnell, Kyl and several others continually doing it. The Tea Party readily uses it to excite emotions. What is actually totally crazy is that they are so obvious, not ever logical and never even trying to be rational, always simply depending on being stubborn and bold and actually arrogantly just treating people as if they are stupid. The bold self-serving guise is readily apparent yet it has worked.

    It isn’t like differences of opinions or debatable facts as they really are just obnoxious and obvious lies. What is really so ridiculous is that there are people who accept and even repeat the absurd to try to convince others. You would think that most would be totally offended with being taken for granted and even angry and alienated by the effort, yet there are those who with their biases and prejudices refuse to be objective and who irresponsibly accept and use the subterfuge to rationalize and justify their predetermined positions. We have paid the price with the manipulation of the Christian block, then again with the Swift-Boat propaganda and already with the Tea Party focused and fully sponsored effort; hopefully the voters won’t again be so gullible and naive, so easily emotionally manipulated and once more accept loosing further just to satisfy their biases and prejudices. The con is totally ridiculous but scary because it has worked.

    April 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    It's a mindless distraction for the mindless.
    Only fools are following this moronic birther blather – and now it's coming from a narcissistic clown in his buttugly comb-over.
    And stay out of Va Trump, we have too many GOP jerks as it is.

    April 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Jim Halibut

    It just gets more and more inane with the GOP. For more than 200 years, we've had elections in this country where no one had to prove their citizenship. Why the change now?

    I love this country, but folks like The Donald and Sen. Seel make it harder and harder every day.

    April 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Sally Shaw

    Be quiet Trump.

    April 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. ipotter

    The constitution says the President must be a natural born citizen. US Code defines natural born citizen. So, any candidate who is running for the office should have to prove they are eligible by showing their birth certificate and any other necessary records to prove their eligibility. Seems like a no-brainer that is already a law because it is in the constitution and US Code. Why do we need a bill? Because we the people were stupid enough to elect some dope who refuses to show his birth certificate? Let's not make the same mistake twice.

    April 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. carlos

    of course, two traitors inone plate, feed them to the lions..................

    April 8, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Sue

    This is GREAT news. There are at least 7 other states getting ready to pass the same legislation as Arizona.

    This should not be a problem to anyone......Unless of course they do not have a birth certificate, or they have something to hide. Obama will need to produce the birth certificate, or he will not be on the ballot in Arizona and the other states.

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Carol Turnbull

    While I recognise President Obama was born in the United States isn't the requirement that you be a "natural born American" and as the son of an American mother who lived for more than 5 years in the U.S. Obama would qualify for presidency regardless of where he was born?

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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