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. enaud

    With the comment how it will help him win the primaries but not the general election, I think he is saying Republicans are stupid!

    October 27, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Stop the Charade

    Please CNN, you are taking advantage of this man who has obviously has some serious problems.

    October 27, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Mike from Boise

    Great idea Perry, take advice from Donald Trump. I think it would really help if you have more meetings with him. Help anyone opposing you that is.

    October 27, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Rsprings

    The Donald is is just a distraction from the real issues.

    October 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Enigma

    At one end of the intelligence scale we have members of Mensa, at the other end are members of the GOP. Here we have an article devoted to a charter member of GOP toolbox of "geniuses". Listen carefully and you can hear the collective intelligence of America taking a nosedive whenever one of these boneheads opens their mouth.

    October 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. mikey

    His tie is way too long

    October 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. MaryM

    This is toooo funny. Keep talking donald, you are the gift that keeps on giving. (To the Dems, lol)

    October 27, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Lolo

    Here come the clowns!!!!!!!! Please vote Democrat across the board if you truly love and care about America. If President Obama is bad as the GOP/Tea Partiers say, why don't they come up with solutions instead of stupid ignorant unsubstantiated complaints against him. They have none. They are just proving to everyone how idiotic and racist they are. I can't wait when an Asian, Mexican or any other minority becomes president. It will be the same old song all over again. They leave out the true facts on everything. People do your research. The freaks are coming out in the GOP/Tea party club. President Obama is the only adult in the room at this point.

    October 27, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Foustka

    If you read the rules you'd see that even if Obama was born in Kenya he is automatically naturalized because of his mother and the amount of time he has lived in the country. Again: he was not born in Kenya but even if he was he can still be president.

    October 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. SoldierOfFortunes

    Ask Donald if he has carnal knowledge about a birther issue: Saudia Arabia and the mid 1960's...just ask..

    October 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. LeRoy_Was_Here

    The Donald is in serious need of a frontal lobotomy. He should check in with his proctologist right away.

    October 27, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Martha in CF

    Come on CNN--why are you giving Trump the time of day??????? Trump thinks he is a pretty boy and likes the publicity!
    Where is Trumps financials he promised to show upon Obama's birth certificate showing???? Trump and Perry are losers.

    I am smiling along with many others--Go Obama/Biden 2012

    October 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Dave

    Considering this is a guy who's gone bankrupt a couple of times, including bankrupting casinos (do you have any idea how inept you have to be to have a failing casino?!) and who'd be six times richer now if he'd just put the money his dad gave him in the bank instead of his "investments," I don't trust Donald Trump's judgement overmuch.

    He's a clown, and one that I'm really getting tired of seeing. People are amused by this guy because he has silly hair and acts like a jerk. He's a gimmick, not anyone to listen to.

    October 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Mike D

    Rick Perry should very seriously consider one fact in particular: Michele Bachmann, who is in no way a sane or rational human being, has avoided the birther issue. Not that it matters; Perry has been actively torpedoing his chances from day one, and the damage is mostly likely done at this point.

    October 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    By all means, help this inarticulate, ill prepared, under educated TEA Party BUFFOON to get the party nomination to a general election he could never win.

    Assuming Donald Trump can help anyone do anything at this level.

    October 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. democrat for life

    we now know that the inmates are running the asylum when the repugs start listening to trump, the hair master, the hair apparent. omg

    October 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. max

    @John Locke...please, oh please be enlightened. Your ideologies are clashing. Get enlightened and come back when you have some clarity.

    October 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Martha in CF

    Obama's team needs to get Trump for slander-file the paperwork right now--don't wait!!!!!!!! Enough is Enough..............

    October 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. wakiash

    For someone with so much business acumen, he really is not very bright when it comes down to accepting the truth (facts)

    October 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. LuckyLady

    Trump, who has given cash to Democrats over the years is a Republican in public and a Democrat behind closed doors. I honestly believe he loves the Dems so much, that he is willing to do anything to help them win this election. Why else would he continue to bring up the birther issue, when he knows how damaging it is to Repubs? Keep up the good work Donald!

    October 27, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Lynne

    I predict fanning a flame too close to Trumps hair would be a bad thing! That man uses way way way too much hair spray!!!

    October 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Evan

    Sorry... I can't listen to anyone that wears a large, red, power tie twice as long as it's supposed to be.... especially with hair like that. He looks like a caricature.

    October 27, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Tony

    I am beginning to think that by continuing to embarrass the GOP, Trump is secretly working for Democrats.

    October 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. czbear

    We already had a clown from Texas in the White House. Cost us thousands of dead and wounded service personnel and heaven only knows what the final tab moneywise it will be in Iraq. Not counting the economy drop etc. Do we really want another clown from Texas? Can we afford him? Any one who would court Donald Trump isn't playing with a full deck. Why even report on "bankrupt is the way" Donald with his comb over-under-sideways hair? He isn't worth anyones time.

    October 27, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. ginger

    OMG – I am so sick of this. Of all the stuff going on in the world, why report this? It just isn't news. It's sensationalist BS that isn't even sensational anymore – if it ever was. In fact it might even be less relevant than the sound bites from Alaskan Barbie. (If you don't know who that is, lucky you!)

    October 27, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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