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

    Is there a record of Obama's mother traveling abroad before his birth? That would be easy to prove... And then the next question would be, was she really his biological, was he adopted from Kenya.... This will never end. Rick Perry has just further diminished his chances.

    October 27, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. mfhpr

    Hmmm...if I keep the public's eye on nonsensical "issues" maybe they won't notice the HAIR. Great plan, DT! I'm sure it's working!

    October 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Fred in VA

    Everyone needs to cut out the foolishness. If the President isn't a US citizen, then a Supreme Court Justice commited a violation to the Constitution twice in one day by swearing in a non-american which is a violation to the Constitution and therefore the Justice violated his oath to the Constitution.
    The other fact is this Supreme Court Justice has no love for President Obama, and if it was in his power to find a way to prevent him from becoming The President of the United states, then he would have twice.

    October 27, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. Roger

    'Birther' issue makes social contacts much more efficient. People who still promote it hang a sign on their back that says "Stubbornly Stupid" . This is very helpful since we immediately know exactly who they are. We don't have to waste time with useless conversation because they've already identified themselves as an ignorant jerk. Very efficient, no wasted time or uncomfortable eye-avoidance.

    October 27, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. B

    The job CNN has done in vetting obama has been a great disservice to the American people and the people who gave their lives for the self-evident truths declared by the founders.

    October 27, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Jay

    "when it came out, as you know, you check out the internet, many people say it is not real."

    Donald, when your arguments hinges on what you have read from random people on the internet, you're not doing too well with your argument.

    Donald needs to go away and shut up about this, I thought we were done, but apparently not. I;m a Republican, and want to see Obama out of office, but if you can't attack Obama on his policies then you shouldn't be talking.

    October 27, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Mr Combover is back. Too bad Perry has given him the forum to start back on his birther lunacy. The GOP is a joke and the Donald is the head loon

    October 27, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. firebird9999

    Oh geez! Who gives a hoot what this joker says.

    October 27, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Florida Joe

    Hey Donald...where are your tax records? thought you'd be glad to release them after our President released his birth certificate? Think about what this clown is saying.....This birther issue will play well with the Repub nuts in the primary but don't mention it when you get to the general election when the people that can actually think for themselves will vote?
    At least you are finally admitting that the Repubs that vote in the Primary are REALLY DUMB....Kinda like anyone that though you were serious about running for President.........Go help your wife sell her fake jewelry and get out of our lives!!

    October 27, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Curt

    Does Donald Trump have shares in CNN? Can't understand why you people keep giving him press. Do the world a favor and stop reporting on what Trump thinks. NOBODY cares !!!!

    October 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Sean B

    I don't think Trump was born in the US. He eats pizza with a knife and fork.

    October 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Mike

    Pubes count on everyone forgetting the stupid things they say and do before they jump up and accuse the Dems of being the ones that did it. For some strange reason it works, at least among the other Pubes.

    October 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Clown

    If I was Obama – I'd start paying this guy to slander me! The Dems are eating this up. If the economy even slighly turns in the next year, the GOP has no chance.

    October 27, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. Andrew

    Trump and Perry are just appealing to the core of the Republican party, you know the same people that think; Obama is Muslim; that Bush 43 was the best president in the history of the US (With Abe Lincoln occupying the opposite end of the list); that there were WMD's found in Iraq; etc... The "Get a brain Morans" crowd will always have Trump and the rest of the top 1% there pulling the puppet strings.

    October 27, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Roger

    A Buffon touting another Buffon. makes for amusing reading exhibiting such ignorance. Lets talk about our degrading middle class and what can be done to bring work back.

    October 27, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. Jill-IN

    Donald Trump? Donald wasn't born on this PLANET. We don't care how much money you have – you are not an American you crazy trump.

    October 27, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. A. Goodwin

    Trumps actions do not just make Perry look bad – it makes the entire Republican party look bad.

    October 27, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. mdn

    As a Democrat and Obama supporter, I agree that it would be good for Perry to continue the birther issue. It will help Perry in the primaries because of the racial bias on the right and it will help Obama during the general election. So go on Rick, have some "fun" poking at the president. It makes you look so goood.

    October 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. pprty

    Holy Moly, the republican party is self destructing before our very eyes!

    October 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Insanity has been defined as continuously repeating the same procedure and expecting different results. Based on that, Donald Trump and the Birther movement can be defined as insane. How much money that he doesn't have did The Donald spend trying to find the truth of the Hawai'an long form birth certificate? Where is the evidence he supposedly has about it? By the way, the "Certificate" that The Donald claims is his birth certificate is not a document that is accepted as proof of birth or citizenship by any federal agency. In fact, it is one issued by Jamaica Hospital. Now was this a hospital in the island of Jamaica, or was this the eponymous hospital in Jamaica Queens? No explanation for that one either.

    October 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Me

    I'm so tired of Trump. And his hair...

    October 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Nacho1

    Obama's aunt in Kenya said that Barack was born in Kenya and that she was there at the time of birth and his birth was transferred to Hawaii to give the Obama baby U.S. citizenship. Is his aunt a liar?

    October 27, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. kenneth adams smith

    Hi I have been keeping up with Hisory as long as I can remember starting with MLK an I reflect back on a lot of what he tried to teach the world that all men or the same in the eye sight of the lord .So when look at have the law work against black americans and how the republicans party do everything they can to hold black americans from moven ahead .We all can see that the right wing party is races, some one need to tell the truth the republicans is the party of races white americans .

    October 27, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. Mitt Romney

    Has anybody investigated to see if Rick Perry was actually born in Texas and not in Mexico which is on the other side of the border and for whom he has a heart to dole out millions of dollars for their ILLEGAL population in texas?

    October 27, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Vince

    I agree with you Donald! Keep those questions all means!

    October 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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