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. larry

    CNN is being Palin and Trump's pimp just to get more traffic on the website and more viewers for their programs. CNN should report on some real news and maybe people will watch. When Turner owned CNN this kind of crap would never make it on air or this website.

    April 10, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Jay Jacks

    'Birthers' don't you think Hillary Clinton would have used this as an issue in 2008 if it was viable? It is NOT so she did NOT!

    April 10, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Positive

    No real ideas? No ability to lead? No clue how to solve this country's problems?

    That's ok. Just make up mean-spirited nonsense about the President and make sure you criticize every single thing he does even if you have to make stuff up or reverse what you've said previously. It's ok that your tearing your own country down in the process because you can always declare yourself the REAL patriot. And at least some people will vote for you.

    Thankfully, not enough to put you in office.

    April 10, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. edsrg

    Hey wait - I thought Barry hired Joe Bite Me because of his "extensive" foreign policy experience. Did anyone hear Joe's name invoked on the Libya crisis? Yeah, me neither. LMAO! Guess that fits with the "open and transparent" BS that Barry promised during his campaign. LOL!!

    April 10, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. S1N

    I'm not sure what Trump hopes to accomplish. As birth records are not considered public information in Hawaii, any documents he obtains either way could land him in some serious legal troubles.

    Either way, the birther movement is irrelevant. Everyone seems to ignore the fact that having a U.S. citizen parent who can prove ties to the U.S. (which she has plenty of already documented) entitles his or her child to become a born U.S. citizen.

    April 10, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Hal

    I"ve heard from unreliable sources that Palin was born in Canada and her birth certificate is fake.
    Have you seen her birth certificate? Exactly. What is she hiding?!

    April 10, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. BlackDynamite

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.....

    April 10, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Lela

    Right wing politics will be the end of all nations.

    April 10, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. T3chsupport

    The headline read- "Palin surprising birther support"
    But this is not surprising at all. It's a stupid conspiracy, and she's a loud-mouthed moron with an agenda- it would be more surprising if she were to shut her trap for once.

    April 10, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. reality check

    where is sarah palin's brain? I demand she immediately release a CAT scan! What does she have to hde?

    April 10, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    If President Obama had been born anywhere outside the United States, that information would have been brought to light during the 2008 campaign. Mr. Trump has, over the course of the past few weeks, shown how truly ignorant he is (in spite of claiming "I'm very smart . . . I attended very good schools") and how almost unbelievably arrogant he is. This is a man that has not been able to control his own business empire without resorting to bankruptcy on more than one occasion. He has zero political experience and aboslutely no diplomatic skills

    I believe that President Obama's birth certificate is protected, just like mine, from people who have no legal right to see it. I would not be able to apply to the Department of Vital Statistics in my home state to secure a certified copy of my neighbor's birth certificate nor could they secure mine unless each gave the other written permission Just because Trump claims he has sent "investigative teams" to Hawaii to "find the truth" doesn't make it so. I believe he's lying through his pursed little mouth.

    I wouldn't want Donald Trump heading up my local Chamber of Commerce.

    April 10, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    To all those birthers who think that President Obama's mom had her parents plant the birth announcements in the Hawaiin newspapers so he'd have all the privileges of being an American citizen, even though he was born in Kenya:

    Newsflash: If your parents are American and you are born abroad, you automatically get at least dual, if not full, U.S. citizenship.

    How do I know? Because my parents are U.S. citizens, and I was born in Germany.

    My dad, a 30-year Army doctor, was stationed there at the time of my birth. I held dual German and American citizenship until I was 12, when I gave up my German citizenship and became a naturalized American citizen (I was living in the Panama Canal Zone on the Pacific side when I was naturalized).

    So you see, even if President Obama was born in Kenya (which he wasn't), his parents wouldn't have needed to go to the trouble of "planting" the birth announcements, because Baby Barack was already had at least dual U.S. citizenship.

    April 10, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. jim

    palin has repeatedly shown her support for very stupid issues. once again, she doesn't disappoint.

    April 10, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Mike in KC

    Go figure. The Wharton School grad is a Birther and so is the Half Term Governor from Alaska. Just goes to show you a degree from Wharton nor holding office in Alaska is any sign of intelligence.

    April 10, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Ed FL

    Now there is an expert[Palin ]about births. What a marvelous job she has done in her own family. She and Trump deserve one anpther.

    April 10, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. ZjJ

    The GOP and TeaParty activists refuse to focus on the issues. If they keep bringing up this issue on Obama and not other political concerns their image will be discredited in the eyes of sensible Americans.

    April 10, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. barb

    Apparently Sarah and Donald don't believe we have really serious issues to be addressed in this country! We all know that they will NEVER admit that the President was born to an American citizen and whether he was born in Hawaii or not, HE IS A CITIZEN OF THE USA!

    April 10, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Let me describe the former governor of Alaska who quit halfway through her term in four letters – TWIT, and I am not referring to her propensity to Twitter every last move she makes during the day.

    April 10, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Drew

    These people are disgusting and pathetic. What an obvious stunt this is

    April 10, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. paulbark

    I respect Trump's position more than Palin. Trump is a birther, period. Palin is trying to have it both ways. She supports Trump's views but says she believes Obama was born in Hawaii. She talks out of both sides of her mouth.

    April 10, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    These two are sad examples of how divided our country has become. Mrs. Palin is incorrect if she believes that anyone with even an ounce of sanity is "interested" in Trump's vendetta against our elected President.

    April 10, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Jason

    She's really given up on the presidential bid has she? Guess Obama will actually have to fight for his job in 2012.

    April 10, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Doug

    No Sarah, it not that there is something on his birth certificate that the President doesn't want people to see. It's just that, unlike you and Donald Trump, he has more important things to do with his time.

    April 10, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. T-Bone

    She is a NONE FACTOR!!!! Until she can serve a full term as a state leader then she should sit down.

    April 10, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Donny

    Ah...Sister Sarah sees that her 15 minutes are now over. She's groveling for any media attention whatsoever.

    The President was born in Hawaii – his mother was an American citizen – so he could have been born in Africa and it wouldn't matter, he's still an American citizen. To claim otherwise is just playing to the gullible rubes, the very bottom feeders.

    April 10, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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