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. kyle

    It seems like Faux news brings out the stupidity of these rightwing nuts.

    April 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. tony

    Can we starter a Brainer movement to see if she has one?

    April 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Indigo

    I can see her now, sitting on the floor of the oval office, playing with her clue. Honestly, if she had a clue, it would be lonesome.

    April 10, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Max

    Does it really make a difference where President Obama was born. His mother is an American citizen. That makes Barak an American.
    So simple . . . the Republicans just want to mess up your mind . . . and they do a good job.

    April 10, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    We Democrats love all this blatant stupidity being demonstrated by the Republicans. The more they shoot off their mouths and waste time with this birther nonsense, the closer it brings us to victory for Obama and for a lot of Democrats in 2012. Yay!
    A spelling note: lose (rhymes with booze) is the opposite of gain or win. Loose (rhymes with moose) is the opposite of tight. The Repukes are LOSERS (rhymes with boozers), not "loosers." There is no such thing as a "looser." Looser is a comparative adjective, the opposite of tighter. But I do agree that most Repukes seem to have a screw loose. ­čÖé OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    April 10, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. ambros Smith

    Palin could have made some quality points if she would have dismissed Trumps birther claim. She missed out on a good opportunity.


    April 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Sue

    Trump is not a stupid man. He already found "something" about Obama, long before he went public with this. I cannot wait to hear the full results of his investigation.

    Obama has spent over $2 million fighting this. Trump is right, there is definitely "something" that Obama does not want seen/known. And, no matter how much the pro-Obama puppet media tries to discredit Trump and those that want to know what Obama is hiding-it is not working. And, as more "facts" about this issue begin to come out--more and more people are going to want to know as well.

    April 10, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Chris

    For crying out loud, I can't believe the "birther" nonsense is still going on. Exactly WHAT proof do these delusional idiots require? They will never accept any type of document as proof. Talk about DENIAL!! Obama's mother is a US citizen and was when he was born, doesn't matter where he was born! Not to raise the "race" question, but would this be such an issue if he were Caucasian?

    April 10, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. dina

    ok Let's admit what is true.Both Trump and Palin are closet racists. They can find nothing else to complain about so they are bringing up the birth thing. What stupids they are. Gosh when will this woman just go home and sled and Trump is best to stay on television. What a dork he is.I don't care how rich he is, he is an egotistical dork. She is not smart enough to have a title. GO AWAY Palin. Go away.

    April 10, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. MaryLand

    It amazes me that people this stupid can remember to breathe without using a timer...

    April 10, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. hillbilleter

    Just amazing how many people didn't read the story, just the headline. Palin said she believes Obama was born in Hawaii, but she supports Trump's paying for researchers to satisfy his own curiosity, rather than relying on the opinions of others who have not done the research for themselves.

    April 10, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Rex Diamond

    Who cares liberals. You have way bigger problems with your boy Obama. You can continue to waste your time with Palin as we vote out all your socialist generals in Congress and the White House.


    April 10, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. vwman

    She is totally dumb!!

    April 10, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Jim

    A political idiot supporting another. Why anyone would find Palin supporting a right-wing fringe theory surprising is a mystery to me. Although he has disappointed me at times as someone who voted for him, Obama looks better and better in comparison to the ®publican "contenders." Given enough rope, the Republican right will hang itself. That is really too bad, because we need a serious discussion about and bipartisan action on deficit reduction, including deep spending cuts encompassing both defense and entitlement programs, and the defense budget, coupled with equitable tax increases that fall heavily on, but are not exclusive to the wealthy. This is virtually impossible in this partisan jockeying for 2012. Where will we be when Obama is reelected, which is likely to happen?

    April 10, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Poor, lonely, forgotten Palin! She sees that Trump is getting a lot of press and being the media addict she is, she's jumping on the band wagon.

    April 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Edgar

    OMG, there are so many things one could say about this but lets keep it simple. These two are not the idiots you want running your country, any country for that matter. The President at the moment is trying to keep this country together after the awful mess he found it in, and these idiots just keep behaving like little kids jealous because they don't have the spotlight.

    April 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Cambridge131

    The real question is: "Where was Sarah born"? Her family lived in Idaho where according to her "we used to run across the border for health care" and maybe that included her birth? She certainly did not run across the border from the middle of Alaska – that's about a 1,000 miles. Maybe she is the illegal alien. Wouldn't that be a laugh.

    April 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Mark

    I can't believe that this issue is being rekindled. Is this going to be the Republican / Tea Party platform? My kids were born in Hawai'i and have the exact same type of certificate as President Obama's. It's authentic folks. Let's move on to issues that actually are important and make a difference.

    April 10, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Seattle Voter: You hit the nail on the head. If I were a Republican with my dismal record of economic, military and foreign policies that are ALL PROVEN FAILURES, I guess I'd be tempted to spout nonsense, too, in an effort to distract folks from how incompetent my party is.

    April 10, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. atlantic

    Reality TV has gotten the best of the Donald- he figures the farther out he gets with his comments the more publicity he'll get. No sense in being sensible anymore- you just don't get attention that way, unless of course you're intelligent.

    April 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. BobAD

    Dumb and Dumber

    I know that this has been used before but that will be the bumper sticker in 2012 who the GOP puts up.

    April 10, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Thankfully Independent

    Like these two caracitures are smarter than Bush's Justice Department, the career people at the FBI and Department of Treasury's Secret Service.

    April 10, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Ken

    This fool is at it again. When willl she learn that she is a waste of her own time. Sit down and shut up Sarah P. You did just fine when you quit running Alaska so why can't you quit running your mouth.

    April 10, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Joan

    Trump, Palin and others who think like them are really making the Republican party look stupid and making the Democrats jump for joy. Keep talking Donald and Sarah. Independents will NEVER go along with your wierd logic. You are both a dream come true for the Democrats.

    April 10, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin, Trump, and Bachmann have earned the dubious team comedy title of the GOP: The Three Stooges. Birthers remind me of the McCarthy era when extreme conservative wingnuts thought there was a communist under every rock.

    April 10, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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