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)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    To paraphrase Gene Wilder, what did you expect Trump to say? "Come on over for a pizza, Barack, all is forgiven now that you've shown me up"? You have to remember that the Birthers are just simple, regular people, the common clay of America: you know, morons.

    Now cue for Mongo's (someone like Rickster will do) entrance.

    October 27, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Seth

    Keep it up, Trump. I don't care if you're a DCL or a genuine conservative, just keep it up. Every time you open your mouth, you put the GOP in their place.

    October 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. The Situation

    maybe the donald is working for the democrats. I highly doubt it since he is such a moron

    October 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. sunsohot

    If Trump didn't periodically spout his views, as idiotic as they may be, he wouldn't be in the news and he would disappear into oblivion....his ego just can't handle that.

    October 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. GarPad

    For Heaven sakes …..Get over it!! He was born in America! Perry stay with the issue .. JOBS ...JOBS ...JOBS!!!

    October 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. DumbasRocks [R]s

    The Mindless One says: "Obama, Reid and Pelosi and their socialist policies will be stopped and reversed come 2012. Take it to the bank."

    Again, nice slogan. But what a terrible level of stupidity to wish upon your fellow countrymen.....that they should ignore the FACTS, and choose instead to believe the fairytales that eminate from the [R] noise machine. Is America really THAT stupid, to repeat so soon the same mistake of 2000 and 2004? And for a fellow American to actually wish that kind of proven, abject [R] FAILURE to happen again to America is, well, certainly less than patriotic.

    Let's see, the proven FAILURE of Teahadism versus the progress made under Obama. HMMMMMM. Looks like 2012 will be an IQ test.....and the neo-morons are elated to line up ahead of time to fail it!!!

    To "Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA": get thee to a mirror, and behold what is wrong with America!

    October 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. dman

    Cool. An idiot giving advice to a moron. That will get a Republican elected.

    October 27, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. lstro

    My question is to the Republican Voters: Why do you allow yourself to be PLAYED like this? If this doesn't tell you what your elected officials think of you, nothing will.

    October 27, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. dman

    Perry needs something to run on. His flat tax (apparently the only thing Republicans can do is introduce the same lame ideas over and over) fell flat, considering that 90% of the taxpayers pay less than 20%, so the majority of taxpayers who will benefit are, you guessed it, the rich.

    October 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. P...what?

    Trump knows enough about politics to stay out of it. He obviously gets a kick out of playing with everyone from the sidelines, and he's way too smart to ever be president. The way he toys with the media is masterful.

    October 27, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. New Yorkers against Bloomberg

    attention Occupy Wall Streeters, go after Donald Trump. march to Trump Towers and give him something to be scared about! he is a big part of the problem, and he is one of the 1% and a big BULLY who would be speaking up against OWS, but he's afraid of them and their numbers and power. OWS... go get TRUMP! he's bankrupted so many middle income folks. go teach Trump a lesson!!!!

    October 27, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Stacey

    The "birth certificate" is a forgery. Read The Obama Timeline.

    lol! And you're a moron!

    October 27, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. FLIndependent

    As an Obama supporter, I'm thrilled that these guys are keeping the birther issue alive, but I have to wonder if the Repubs are sinking their ship on purpose. They know this is only an issue with the right wing fringe and they certainly can't win a general election counting on them only, so one has to wonder....what's up???

    October 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Buster Bloodvessel

    Remember how Trump was going to show us his long-form birth certificate, and couldn't get it? Still can't get it. What is he hiding? And yes, this will be good for Perry. He can quit now and go back to Texas, where he has work to do.

    October 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Dan

    Wasn't he supposed to release some big bombshell his detectives found out? Yeah, cause that happened. Trump is a blowhard.

    October 27, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. JS

    the only question is - why does CNN even cover this baffoon?

    October 27, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Buster Bloodvessel

    Plenty of proof that GOP voters are morons here today. He's an American, and he got bin Laden when Cheney refused to act. The GOP got us attacked, and the Dems got our revenge, and the president will be re-elected. Suck on that, losers.

    October 27, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. ginger315

    I think Trump is correct....I think he will release the information about 2 weeks before the election in 2012. He's waiting to play his "trump" card. Trump is neither a fool nor an idiot but does need a new hairdresser.

    October 27, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Cedar Rapids

    He must have also advised Cain to release that, no, go on, it will work trust me, a dude blowing smoke right at the camera and a creepy slow smile, trust me, it'll knock them dead.

    October 27, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Mark

    Dump Trump. Get behind one demand, demand all members of congress resign. Read more at paparazzinc/com

    October 27, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Kids TV

    Oh, is Don still speaking? Didn't he run out of thngs to say months ago after he made a fool of himself on the birther business?

    October 27, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. sunsohot

    I wish we had a "like" option here – Cedar Rapids, that was beautiful!! LOL

    October 27, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. EdSantaFe

    Will this jerk ever just shut up?

    October 27, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Jo Jo

    It's not even about Perry, it's about Trump. Trump doesn't do anything that won't benefit himself in some form or fashion. He just used poor and feeble-minded Perry as a mouth piece to draw attention to himself. Trump felt he wasn't getting enough attention lately, so he needed someone foolish enough to take the bait. Anyway, Lawrence O’Donnell called Trump's bluff last night on his show. He pretty much called Trump a liar and a fraud. Lawrence stated that Trump is nowhere near a billionaire as he claims. "Why would a billionaire host a show (The Apprentice) that only paid him a million dollars? I'll tell you why, it's because he needs the money," said Lawrence. Lawrence also dared Trump to sue him. He said that Trump never would sue because he simply can't afford to. Now that’s putting “the Donald” in his place!

    October 27, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Marilyn G

    Hey, Donald, your wife's jewelry line on QVC is all made in China. Why not give the jewelry-making jobs to Americans if you love your country so much and want to save us?

    October 27, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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