Palin gives Trump some verbal support on birther issue
April 10th, 2011
03:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin gives Trump some verbal support on birther issue

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin supported Donald Trump's decision to hire investigators to examine President Barack Obama's birth, but stopped short of embracing the birther wave.

"I appreciate that the Donald wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans. You know, more power to him," Palin said Saturday on Fox News. "He's not just throwing stones from the sidelines, he's digging in, he's paying for researchers."

Trump's media rampage over the president's birthplace continued Sunday in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," where he once again implored the president to produce his birth certificate. Thursday on NBC, the real estate mogul said he sent a team of investigators to Hawaii.

In 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of the certificate, saying the serial number was blacked out for concern over Hawaiian procedure. Since then, many news organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the original with the serial number, an embossed seal and a stamped signature.

But when asked about her views on the issue, Palin said she thinks the president was born in Hawaii.

"Well, you know, I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was a birth announcement put in the newspaper," Palin said. "But obviously if there's something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate that he's going to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown. And that's kind of perplexing for a lot of people."

Filed under: Birthers • Donald Trump • Sarah Palin
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. American

    Why is everyone crazed over Trump's constitutional right to raise the question of a birth certificate for our President?! Intelligent people are saying incredibly ignorant things because he's exercising his right, which is not disrespectful to anyone. Rules are rules. The government makes me prove my statements and existence all the time and, by the way, pay for a lot of things at the same time. So why can we not raise a relatively simple question of any President?

    For those of you supposedly educated commenters on the news, quit throwing your "hate balls" and get to the answer yourself. An answer would mean the end of the conversation.

    Would you all be surprised if the President's grandmother told the truth and he was born in Kenya? And what of the Aunt's comments of having seen a letter announcing the birth that was postmarked Hawaii? Just because the father announced the birth from Hawaii doesn't mean it happened there or he was even a witness to it.

    April 10, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Howard

    The whole birth issue by all these wackos is never going to be resolved and here is why.
    If President Obama was born in the middle of Times Square on Christmas Day with every type of Media worldwide covering the physical removal from his mother's womb, they would still insist "That is not good enough"!! We want more proof!

    April 10, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. brian

    so that OBAMA BIDEN12 can win in another landslide

    April 10, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. seneca

    Thats right Pallin, Trump is right for sending investigators to Obama's home but if a reporter moves to your home to investigate you, "Hey buddy, hands off!" Typical hypocracy.

    April 10, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Mendemoi

    Birds of the same feather flock together. They are both dumb and stupid. Palin has nothing to contribute of policy substance except CRITICISING. Trump is no different. He thinks that because he knows how to persude banks to give him credit to finance his buildings that makes him a political leader. Yeh Right! How is your casine doing in Atlantic City?

    April 10, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. CPA

    Maybe the President won't show his birth certificate because he realizes how foolish they look chasing their tails.

    April 10, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Hawkman100

    Like most conspiracy theorists, the birthers have no evidence to support their loopy theory. I am surprised The Donald would buy into this nonsense. It just lessens his credibility even more.

    April 10, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Great... and remind me when the Donald was able to show his.

    April 10, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Jess C

    Are we supposed to be surprised by this? We are constantly entertained by the antics of the incredibly stupid. The GOP has become the laughing stock of the country lately.

    April 10, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    Sarah always says how much she supports the troops so tell me this.....if a military wife or member gives birth overseas does that mean her child is NOT an American citizen? How about if the father or mother of that child is a German, another European, African or Asian but the other parent is either in the military or a dependent? All you patriotic Tea Party and birther folks please answer this because if the case is they are NOT then we will have quite a few children that can not grow up to be POTUS.

    April 10, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. ms

    Just another case of crazy supporting crazy. Honestly one of the qualifications for running should be a psych evaluation. That would remove Palin Bachmann and Trump

    April 10, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Mark

    I think we ought to call her Rocks Palin, cause she is dumb as a box of rocks.

    April 10, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. adrifter

    Sometimes it just hits me. Sarah Palin was the Republican candidate for vice-president. Wow. I still have trouble believing it.

    April 10, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Chet Anderson

    Oh come on Palin. Hiding something? Why don't you release your social security number for us eh? It's called personal security. And unless you want to outright call every source that confirmed it a liar then stop hinting at it. It's just pandering to those who might be insecure with Obama because of racial issues. Those people shouldn't be allowed to vote at all, let alone encouraged to on a lie.

    April 10, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Is there enough "dumb vote" in this country to put this idiot over the top in an election? Being from Delaware, where an even bigger idiot (Christine O'Donnell) won the Republican senatorial primary last year, I would not be surprised.

    April 10, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. RickV

    I could care less about his birth certificate. I want to see a legally admissable photograph of him reading the Constitution.

    April 10, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Peter Auld

    Palin is such a "pant load", it is amazing that she is still mentioned on the news, except Fox of course. Thank the greater power that she or Trump the "clown" are not at the helm. What is even worse many associate wealth with brains and when someone credible like President Obama come along all they can do especially the republicans is slam and be critical of everything he is trying to accomplish. That is a Canadians take anyway.

    April 10, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. USAisDead

    I wish she would shut her mouth up so that she could win the Republican Nomination and then get trounced in the general election. Even the Right Wing Nuts know that she is off her rocker.

    April 10, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Al

    I suppose this falls into the "it's a free country" category. If a billionaire wants to waste a few million dollars on the whole birther thing, hey – an airline gets a few extra bucks, a few hotels get a few extra bucks, and people get a good laugh out of it. Doesn't say much as far as what his priorities would be if he became president, mind you. After all, the one way for someone with no ideas to beat someone in an election is to get the opponent disqualified, so it's in Trump's best interests to try. As for Palin, all the signs show she isn't going to run – she'll play king- or queen-maker at the Republican National Convention instead – so whatever she says at this point doesn't really mean a lot.

    April 10, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Tommy Mack

    Nobody can get their original birth certificate. PERIOD. All you can get is certified copies. And that was shown to the media. Also, the republican governor of Hawaii said she herself saw the ORIGINAL one and confirmed he was born in Hawaii. AND THEN... did he time travel to make the statement in a newspaper decades ago? Geez, next thing you know the repubs will tell you that all women came from a rib and that coal is actually clean.

    April 10, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Name martin

    Ficheye-here is something to negate your entire argument-newspapers at that time automatically picked up all births and published them based on hospital records. The announcements were not requested by anyone. And yes, they used certificates of live birth as well as the long form official birth certificate.

    April 10, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. SCOTO

    Open mouth. Let belly rumble.

    April 10, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Observer

    Palin's a quitter and Trump sends billions of dollars in American money to foreign countries for new projects. They make a great couple.

    April 10, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. indyreader

    The only thing about the president's birth certificate that matter is that it shows he was born in Hawaii. But Palin thinks there's something else perplexing enough that it's now an issue? I didn't know morbid stupidity was a qualifying diagnosis for medical marijuana, but apparently it must be – she must have been smoking some powerful stuff to come up with something that contrived. Sheesh.

    April 10, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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