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. anahadwolves

    Republicans/Tea partiers...who have no ideas and no roadmap to help America by creating jobs...have receded into fantasy land with this "birther" nonsense. Trump, Palin, Bachmann, Paul, and the rest of the loons that comprise the current Republican/Tea Party have lost all credibility. They, therefore, are grasping desperately at nonsensical and ludicrous straw-men hoping to avert the gaze and divert the attention of the majority of Americans.

    Sorry, guys: we aren't fooled, we aren't buying your crap and we certainly have eliminated all of you as serious contenders for higher office. You may now slip back under your collective rocks.

    April 10, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Steve Jackson

    As always plain can't make her? Up about what she wants to say or agree on so plain go back to wearever you come from and don't say anything about anyone or anything remember silence is golden

    April 10, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Questioner

    Barry Soetoro aka B. Hussein Obama has spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 on legal fees to keep his actual long form birth certificate (the only one that would be considered legal proof as to his place of birth and therefore his natural born citizenship status) out of public view. Why would anyone spend all that money on legal expenses unless they are NOT who they claim to be? Wake up, America. If that isn't a red flag, why has he used many different social security numbers over the years, and why is he currently using a social security number that was never issued to him? Wake up, America.

    April 10, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. DaisyinNY

    Just a thought but if you believed Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii wouldn't it be smarter to go to the place where you believed he was born instead of where you think he wasn't? This is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

    April 10, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. MP

    Let Caribou Barbie talk, the more she says the more people will see what she is about. At this rate by 2012 she will have about 37 people left that would vote for her.

    April 10, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. CedarRapids

    So Trump said in his interview that it would be perfect for him if the president did indeed show a 'birth certificate'
    Sounds to me then that thats a good enough reason for the president to ignore Trump and let him stew with the birther label.
    Is there really any difference between a birther and a 911 was an inside job type conspiracy nut?

    April 10, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. SonnyRey, Lanham, Maryland

    By sucking up, she may be vying for a spot on Mr. Combover's reality show. She is dumb as a fox by not missing an opportunity to cash in.

    April 10, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

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

    I'd join in a heart beat! 🙂

    April 10, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    With her personal balloon popped, she needs to tie herself to another thing fill with hot air to stay afloat.
    How about an IQ test for both of them since they seem to not be able to comprehend a certified Certficate of Live Birth or a valid passort issued to citizens of this country. President Obama has both.

    April 10, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Madtown

    Of course $arah gives the Donald a little support on his fledgling birther critique. Doesn't matter what the issue is, $arah will get her shot in at Obama. Comical, predictable, and simplistic.

    Why anyone would seek $arah Palin's opinion on anything, though, is a different matter, and still is something I can't comprehend. $arah Palin is a national embarrassment. The sooner she fades back into anonymity, the far as the image of the country is concerned. Personally, though, I find her hysterical and a great source of comedy. Any time she opens her mouth...instant comedy. I will miss laughing at her.

    April 10, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Gene

    I don't see how anyone can take Trump serious as a candidate for public. After all, this is the guy who has gone bankrupt, has a reality show, been married and divorced numerous times, and got into a running battle with, of all people, ROSIE O'DONNELL. This guy is Ross Perot 2.0.

    April 10, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Todd Gardner

    Donald Trump is right when he said, "there are many of smart people out there." Unfortunately, he and Plain are not some of those people.

    April 10, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY


    (head shaking in disbelief) In the face of incontrovertible evidence, accepted by the State Department (passports) and having been vetted by about everyone with the authority and right to do so, a MINORITY of (I don't even know what to call them) INSIST on falsely suggesting that President Obama is not a citizen.

    Trust me, if there were any, ANY, ANY truth to that fabrication, every "Right wing" nut job on the planet would have him in court – oh, WAIT, you've tried that too, to NO AVAIL. Don't you get it? President Obama IS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, born in a hospital in Hawaii.

    April 10, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. ShiWms PhzAZ

    Sarah get back in ur lost and found closet but this time lock the door!

    April 10, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Loyd O

    WHY is CNN so obssessed with Palin?. The CNN political ticker has become the PALIN ticker. Its a shame. Everything Palin does doesn't have to be news CNN. Even Foxnews where she frequently appears on doesn't give this much fawning, skewed and needless coverage. I am very disappointed in CNN for stooping this low in the mistaken belief that it drives ratings. Try to get over Palin, she has moved on, we have moved on and so should CNN.

    April 10, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. carrotroot

    While President Obama was successfully brokering a deal between Reid and Boehner to avoid a government shutdown. The 2012 potential candidates were either dead silent, rooting for a shutdown, or searching for Obama's birth certificate.

    April 10, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Fox News actually pays her for that kind of commentary. There will be a day in the future when Fox will deny they paid her for anything......A day when nobody will admit to ever paying her to speak or listen to her speak...........A day when nobody will admit to ever buying her books. That day can't get here quick enough. Go away Sarah Palin. You are an embarrassment to anyone who thinks.

    April 10, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Enough

    Sarah Palin is a national embarrassment.

    April 10, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Repentigny

    Black out a portion of a birth certificate for a hawaiian procedure concern is more than just fishy. If you all look at your birth certificates, what would it contain that would violate some protocol. They just have something to hide, and good for Trump to get to the bottom of it. Maybe there will be a lot of people eating crow once the truth is known.

    April 10, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Crazylegs

    Wouldn't checking his mother's passport record be all that is necessary since he had to be born where she was at any given time?

    April 10, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Ale

    This is well orchestrated propaganda. They insist on the issue as if they were really concerned, they hurt Obama's chances for reelection and when the investigators confirm again that Obama was born in Hawai, then they apologize and look like "gentlemen" but by then the damage is done. The have nothing to lose

    April 10, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. CD

    What is there to research Sarah that you believe the CIA, FBI, IRS, NSA the Secret Service and varies other government agencies have not already uncovered about Obama before he was sworn into the office of President of the United States?
    Do you think its a conspiracy by all those agencies to hide his citizenship?

    April 10, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "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."

    Translator...............We need a Palinese translator, please.

    April 10, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. BradKT

    This is the kind of thing that irritates so many people about Palin. She obvioulsy knows better and want to be cutesy about the issue...she doesn't believe it of course, but she support's The Donald's efforts to get to the bottom of this. The result is that she helps to keep this non-issue alive whiole pretending that she doesn't believe it.

    This is race-baiting garbage...and nothing more. I once thought better of Donald Trump...but not any more.

    April 10, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Lenmsith

    Palin, Trump, Santorum, Bachmann, what a brunch of losers. They are all in it for the MONEY, MONEY. They don't care about the country or the people in our great country, just themselves.

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