Trump's 'birther' prediction for Perry
October 26th, 2011
04:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Trump's 'birther' prediction for Perry

(CNN) – Donald Trump predicted fanning the "birther" flames is a "positive thing" for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.

During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the real estate mogul said the issue would help the Texas governor in the Republican presidential primary, but might not be "good for him in the general election."

Trump championed the "birther" issue during his flirtation with a bid for the White House. President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, eventually released the long form version of the document to seemingly combat the growing rumors.

Texas Gov. Perry recently expressed doubts about the validity of the birth certificate.

On Wednesday, Perry told Florida's Bay News 9 he was "just having some fun with Donald Trump."

But Trump continued to raise questions about the certificate, saying Obama "might have been" born in America.

"My gut tells me a couple of things. Number 1, you know it took a long time to produce this certificate and when it came out, as you know, you check out the internet, many people say it is not real. Okay? It's a forgery," Trump said. "And the other thing is, nobody has been able to see the day of his birth, they had twins born, they had the other one born. Nobody has been able to find any records that he was born in that hospital."

CNN released the results of its own investigation into the controversy earlier this year. Documents and statements from numerous public officials and childhood friends made clear that the president was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.

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soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Rick and Donald ,

    Dean and Jerry ,

    Bing and Bob !

    October 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. G D

    Wow, so lying in the primaries is fine & good for a candidate, but lying could pose problems in the general election. What a cynical dirt clod you are Trump, along with Perry your buddy. Except of course, Perry was only joking about this farce.

    October 27, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. jj

    Obama and the Dems just look so good compared to these morons.

    October 27, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Michael

    Anything related to Donald Trump should be under the Entertainment header, not the News/Politics header.

    October 27, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Joe

    So remind me again, why do we pay attention to this idiot? if this were a liberal questioning Bush's lineage, they'd call him un-American, but it is okay for Trump to keep up the Birther's chant. I want Trump to prove that the rug on his head is not fake.

    October 27, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Roland

    Here's the problem with crazy people you can't box them in to specific topics. They start getting out of hand. Opening the pandoras box of Obama is this and that and he's too liberal bla bla bla let loose all the crazies. Now the crazies don't shut up. Stand up on the morals of your argument and don't label and name call. Say a plan won't work on the reasons stay away from the labeling.

    October 27, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. closetiguana

    Right! The Birther thing worked so well for you, Trump.

    October 27, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Rod from Indy

    I predict Donald will file bankruptcy for the fourth time. What a tool.

    October 27, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. 1%

    Trump continues to demonstrate that just because the 1% have a lot of money doesn't mean they are all that smart.

    October 27, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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