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. Kris Craig

    How do we know Donald Trump wasn't born in Kenya?.... Oh, that's right. He's white.

    It has been proven repeatedly and conclusively that President Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii. No other president in history has had to go to such great lengths to prove his citizenship. And even after all that, Mr. Trump, the living embodiment of lowest common denominator, still has a "gut feeling" that President Obama wasn't born here. Gee, I wonder what could possibly be different about this president that makes Trump feel he's not "one of us"....

    October 26, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. RINO Bil

    It sure did not take Trump very long to get Perry's cojones in his pocket. Maybe if Anita asks nicely, the Donald will give them back to Rick.

    October 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    The more he raises the issue, he lowers the GOP's chances.

    October 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Straight Shooter

    Hey Trump, you have never released the "interesting findings" of your investigative team that you sent to Hawaii, so everyone knows your are just making all of this up. You say there is no proof, yet you provided absolutely no proof of what you say. There is a mountain of proof, accepted by all but dolts like yourself, that you are wrong. Oh, and BTW, I think a cat horked up a hiarball on your head, in cased nobody had told you yet....

    October 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Bill

    Keep spouting Donald – the Dems. love it! What an ass.

    October 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Trump is as much a political joke as his hair is a late-night comedy joke.

    October 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Kevin in Atlanta

    Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to Obama's re-election campaign. LOL

    October 26, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Mike - Las Vegas

    And if you look on the Internet you'll also find lots of people saying Trump's hair isn't real so does that make it so? Trump is an idiot just trying to extend his 15 minutes of so-called fame. Just proves that money doesn't make you happy or smart.

    October 26, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. MTATL67

    Who cares what this guy thinks.

    October 26, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. edog

    Oh man! If Perry is so dump that he is willing to listen to TRUMP, and play up the 'birther' issue, we are all in trouble if Perry becomes POTUS. Perry is an IDIOT!!! So is TRUMP!

    October 26, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Real Patriot

    President Obama-PLEASE sue this clown for slander and libel...

    October 26, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Jack

    You gotta love this. The GOP is going over the edge. They've let the lunatics into the party and they are going to destroy it. I respected and, at times, even liked the old GOP. This new edition is insane. A bunch of self-righteous, self-absorbed, self-important publicity hounds. They make Hollywood look iike amateurs.

    October 26, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "How do we know Donald Trump wasn't born in Kenya?"

    Because he wasn't born at all: He hatched. Let him disprove that if he can.

    October 26, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Jim

    This is a game Trump is playing, he knows Perry cannot win the general election so he is trying to sabatago his primary run. Eveyrthing is a game to him.

    October 26, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Jilli

    These two losers deserve eachother.

    October 26, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    T-Rump has brought Rick into the gutter with him.

    October 26, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. No matter what questions you might have about the authenticity of the birth certificate, the fact it exists, says that, it is a dead issue.

    October 26, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. cf

    Why haven't Perry, Trump or any of the GOP candidates released THEIR birth certificates?? They all stood on a public stage and said that should be madatory for a presidential candidate to do, yet not a one of them has come forward and done it themselves. Hypocritical scum.

    October 26, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    what happened to those "troops" Trump supposedly had on the ground in Hawaii that claimed the certificate wasn't there? What about if Obama shows his real birth certificate Trump shows his real tax return? I guess we were supposed to forget about all that nonsense. Trump must have sent out the same troop that OJ sent out to find the "real killers".

    October 26, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Chumlee

    Donald: you are a cheat, a crook, and have notstanding in the world of politics.

    How many investors have you screwed over the years in order to increase your wealth? How many
    bankruptcies? You are a clown!

    October 26, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Haha...I guess for the GOP/Teatrolls and their desire to maintain an appearance of at least relative sanity, Trump is the louse in the hairpice, so to speak.

    October 26, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did anyone catch the sniveling twit from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, accuse the president of causing class warfare? Ryan attacked seniors, veterans, teachers, policemen, firemen, nurses and others in the middle class. For the last thirty years, Ryan's party has made sure that the wealthiest 1% has had their incomes increase by 275%. Middle class increase has been around 18% for the same time period.

    October 26, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. yuri

    He just can not keep his crappy trap shut. Somebody oughta do it for him!

    October 26, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. IDEAS and IDEALS not ideologies

    Yeah! That worked so well for him

    October 26, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. TM

    Trump is a clown.

    October 26, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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