Trump talks birthers, White House adviser predicts his failure
April 10th, 2011
12:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump talks birthers, White House adviser predicts his failure

Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump kept up his birther blasts Sunday, while one White House adviser hoped his stock continues to rise.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Trump called the situation surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate “very strange,” lamenting the negative connotation attached to “birthers.”

“The fact is nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Trump told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “It’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you. And you know, it’s a very sad thing because the people, the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word.”

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 that remains insufficient for the “Celebrity Apprentice” star who again said: “Why doesn’t he show is birth certificate,” before insisting he’d rather talk about other issues facing the United States.

“I don’t like to talk about this issue too much, because I really would rather talk about China, I would really rather talk about what OPEC is doing to destroy us, I would really rather talk about other things,” Trump said.

While the potential 2012 presidential contender continues to make the television rounds with his new mantra, White House senior adviser David Plouffe dismissed Trump’s rhetoric, saying it would not impact the overall 2012 race for the White House.

“There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream America thinks it’s a sideshow,” Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “That’s not leadership, that’s a kind of a sideshow behavior.”

Plouffe also predicted a negative future for Trump in the presidential field.

“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple weeks, I hope he keeps on rising,” Plouffe said. “There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job.”

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. me

    Donald Trump is the lowest form of life, nothing but a self-promoting opportunist. Yes, people have seen the birth certificate. Yes, people know what hospital Obama was born in. No airline would have let Obama's pregnant Mom fly right before birth and just consider all the connections it would have taken to get to Kenya from Hawaii. And hey, I looked at my BC, my husband's BC and my kids BCs' last week, from four different hospitals and two different states. They're all labeled as certificates of live birth. Are they not legit? Are none of us US citizens because of our lack of documents worded as "birth certificate" rather than certificates of live birth?

    Trump is just taking advantage of the massive ignorance to promote The Celeb Apprentice, which is garnering higher ratings right now but not because of the Trumpster but because of Gary Busey. I will cease watching it as long as Trump continues with such false, dangerous and completely dis-proven allegations to unAmericanize our current President.

    April 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. RiffRaff

    Donald has filed bankruptcy several times. Several of his business ventures have been financial disasters. I would hardly classify him as a financial genius. He'll take (make)money from anyone for anything. He just doesnt manage it very well. Nor any of the other "fiscalconservatives". They are the kings of financial mismanagement,yet always promise to be our saviors. Ive been waiting 40 years for that belief to bear fruit. Its a well marketed fallacy.Long and short history proves them wrong every time.

    April 10, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. NYKA

    Speaking of birth certificates, John McCain was born in the canal Zone of Panama, a Navy Brat, before we gave te Canal to Panama. I was born in the Phillipines, and Army Brat, before we gave the PIs. their independence, after WWII in 1946.
    It's a goodthing i have stamped, certified and originl documentsshowing that my parent were both born in the US because now the State Dept. calls anyone born way back then, "foreign born." In the case of hawaii, it was US Territory thn, and now a State. No question. What about the military brats born anywhere with paents posted abroad? How about anyone of American paents, at least one, born anywhere? They are citizens. Obamma's mother was a ciizen. If he was born in Kenya, he has US citizenship through the citizenship of his mother. The birthers and Trump are so ridiculous. he's totally off base on this issue.

    April 10, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Sharonanne

    Donald Trump is on another ego trip. Please STOP giving him air time everyone, I have to keep changing the channel.
    I for one am proud to support my President 100% even though I don't agree with everything he does, I do realize he
    is not a Dictator, and needs to compromise with others opinions.

    April 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Glitter

    I cannot believe this man is just sitting there and lying. He knows that what everyone in Hawaii has is a Certificate of Live Birth and when you ask for a copy you get the Certification of live birth from the state.

    Being from Hawai'i I find his comments insulting.

    April 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. NC

    liberals should not under estimate any of the Republicans, even Mr. Trump. obama will not be re-elected in 2012, he has done so much damage to our great country. The American people will vote for the Republican candidate in 2012, making it a landslide win over obama and his hope and change. Sorry liberals, but your fun will be over in a short 1 1/2 years. 😉

    April 10, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Glitter

    I agree we should boycot Trump. That includes his show, Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Trump National Golf course in Hudson Valley, Los Angelos, West Palm Beach, Washington DC, Westchestrer, and Philidelphia. and most importantly the TRUMP International Hotel and Tower in Waikiki.

    If he cannot admit that ALL our Hawaii Birth Certificates are called Certificates of Live Birth he doesn't deserve to make money in the state of Hawaii.

    April 10, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump is trying to coverup the truth about him just like he covers the bald spot on the top of his head. Trump a real estate investor who borrowed taxpayers money from banks over and over again to gain his wealth. Real estate investors never use their own money, ask your banker.

    April 10, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Vinnybob

    I no longer have any respect for mr trumpeter...unfortunately. I think James Baldwin's quotes are pretty relevant when comes to him and some of our birther political leaders with the influence they carry over our uninformed citizens.

    "Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable." and "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

    April 10, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Zip

    We need a patriot to step up and solve this problem.

    April 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. guest123

    If baffles me how so many Republican candidates seem to think the way to win the nomination and ultimately the presidency by out-wacko-ing each other. Seriously, 'SuperWacko for the win'? Don't think so.

    April 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. EM

    Use to have respect for Trump's biz acumen until I heard him speaking with Candy today, going on about how hospitals from the '60s have "perfect" data records ........ duh? If he really believes that then maybe he really does NOT know anything about business. Says: "they'll know his room number, his nurses names, every single detail of his birth, blah-blah". What planet are YOU from Mr. Trump? You think hospitals even KEEP records from August 4, 1961? Let alone even know how to FIND them, if they had them?

    And why WOULD they? You think the hospital, on August 4, 1961, said to itself: "Gee, better keep THIS kid's record, some day he is going to be famous and people will be asking for it". What kind of morons do we have out there that even believe this kind of thing. How naive can you get.

    This just goes to support the growing contention out there that it really was Fred Trump, his Daddy, who made Trump rich; not the Donald.

    April 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Johnson

    I believe that Trump knows Obama was born in the U.S, he also knows that Obama IS doing an EXCELLENT job as President. These people are very smart, this is all a full blown ATTACK on the president from ALL angles. Trump is NOT going to run for President. The Republican pary is giving the illusion that these people are running making them LOOK legit. Trump is casting doubt with the birther issue, Palin is attacking from another angle, and so on and so on. These people in the party have this down to a science and know how uninformed and stupid the general public is. This stuff is like the WWF, there is an entire segment of our population who believe it is REAL. These people know darn well that Obama had almost nothing to do with our dept, most of the money that the republican party is talking about was a carry over from bush II. Ask any of these people What has Obama increased spending on? They can't tell you. We have GOT to be the most gullible country in the history of the world.

    April 10, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. B

    Trump is God’s gift to the Democrats.

    Looni Tunes..

    April 10, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. proofer

    so WHY will Obama NOT release his ORIGINAL long form??? That is what millions of Americans are asking...

    April 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Why hasn't FOX news hired Trump to join the list of GOP/Tea Party presidential candidates on its payroll? The birther issue is the type of non-news story that FOX news thrives on. Trump and Bachmann must be competing to see who can appear more ridiculous than Palin.

    April 10, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Indy

    After Trump completely failed with his comments on China and how to deal with a global economy he has now clung to the birther base. He made himself look like a complete fool with his import tax proposal on goods made in China where he would tax the middle class Americans 25% for buying products made in China. Yes he said he would tax the products made in China that came to the US, but everyone knows (except Trump) that the tax would would be tacked to on to the American consumer which is generally the middle class. Trumps wisdom would increase the cost of goods we buy everyday by 25%. Trump thinks that running a country is the same as making real estate deals, he is clueless and his birther movement will once and for all end any chances of this crook ever getting to the Whitehouse

    April 10, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Johnson

    Trump fooled Ghadaphi (I think I spelled it wrong), and he is being used to fool the American people. He is NOT as serious as you think about the birther issue. I served in Iraq three time, I have seen first hand all the waste over there, I watched as bush requested blank check after blank check from congress for the wars (haliburtan) and other defense contracters year after year, and us allowing china to continue buying our debt. HOT ONE PEEP FROM ANY TEA PARTY OR ANYONE ELSE. I knew we were digging a hole back then. Now since the BLACK man was elected and a Democrat it is all of a sudden that the country is messed up. The Republicans know one thing, they are desperate and know full well that if he is successful they have NO CHANCE of regaining power. If the republicans win America WILL Reep what it has sewn.

    April 10, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. LogicDictates

    Like the WH, I hope he continues gaining traction... Run, Donald, Run!!

    He's the best gift the Right could give Democrats when it comes to 2012.... go ahead, Donald, lash your outlandish Tea-Party-extreme views to all of the Right. The farther you get, the easier it will make things for Democrats come November. 😀

    April 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. lee

    What an idiot. bush and hid cronies were in power when he announced. he was vetted more than any man in history. Do you fools really believe that the FBI, CIA, NSA, DOD, and the Secret Service missed something all of you hater "birther" fools know?
    Go back to school and actually learn something, instead of automatically believing what some so called "in the know" fool tells you. Gee, with people like you out there voting Im really afraid for my country.

    April 10, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Amir Goy

    Why doesn't he bring up something that really matters? Like 911 Truth for example....

    April 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If this is the first thing that Trump talks about, then he can't focus on the needs of the country or the campaign. If this is the thing that he speaks the most about, then his focus is on the wrong thing.

    April 10, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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