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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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Rick Perry • TV-Piers Morgan
soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. U.S.Army-OverLord

    Yeah keep it up Trump, every time you open your trap Obama is closer to FOUR MORE YEARS!!! 😉

    October 27, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Robert Robinson

    Why does anyone want to listent to this clown?

    October 27, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Don

    yeah, big help "The Nitwit." Perry ain't even on the grid for the upcoming primaries. But I thank you. We're fed up with Texas idiots in the White House.

    October 27, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. bobby frank

    Guess Trump is saying that the Primary Voters are the stupid ones that will believe such nonsense and that the General election voters are stupid but not that stupid!

    October 27, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    I rather watch fake professional wrestling than listen to any thing the fake Trump has to say.

    October 27, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Buster Bloodvessel

    Perry's big announcement turned out to be "I'm still a Birther" instead of "I made up a tax plan like Cain did." In Texas, that's called "stepping on your dink."

    October 27, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. augustghost

    I think Trumps hair was born elsewhere

    October 27, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    All I remember was Trump being pompous and better than though while attacking Obama on the "birther" issue...

    ...then in a matter of hours Obama laughs at Trump, smacks down the "birther" "issue" and gets bin Laden...

    ...the next day Trump drops out of the Republican nomination.....


    October 27, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Kids TV

    The whole birther thing is a non-issue. On the other hand, Republicans do have a way of fixating on non-issues while the important matters are neglected. Is that part of the Republican platform and strategy? (Don't answer. That was a rhetorical question.)

    October 27, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Lando

    Idiot plus idiot equals MORONS.....

    October 27, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Scott S.

    Donald Trump can thank his inheritance. He's not smart enough to make all this money entirely on his own.

    October 27, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. GianCarlo

    The T in Trump stands for TRASH, you are trashing the Trump name for you children and the future Trump generations.
    Like Dillion said, you won't sue him because you can't afford it. You have to work at your reality show because you are not making any money under the Trump org.

    October 27, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I used to think Trump was an intelligent business guy, but since this never ending birther crusade and his hanging out with Palin and Backman, I've lost all respect for him.

    October 27, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. gorddicnn

    Wow... Trump gave us his opinion.. let's alert the media. Oh wait, he already did. What a tool he is.

    October 27, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. phearis

    I want to see the birth certificate on Trump's Hair!

    October 27, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Perry's Campaign is Effectively Over

    The moment Perry opened his mouth on this issue (was he aiming for a hail Mary pass to get him in the game?) his campaign effectively ended. He is in the company of buffoons, chief among them being The Donald. People may be fooled by simple answers to complex issues a la Bachmann and the other GOP 7 dwarfs, but wading into complete idiocy like the bither b.s. is another matter entirely. Back to Texas for Mr. Perry-

    October 27, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. JoeSeattle

    Wow. CNN did it's own "unbiased" investigation. That should convince everybody.

    CNN – when you publish such over-the-top blatantly biased junk like this article, where you personnally assure the American public he's a citizen, without producing any evidence that isn't pure heresay, you lose all credibility regarding the objectivity of your reporting. In the fact that you don't realize that you lose all credibility regarding intelligence or common sense.

    October 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Norm

    @Joe Seattle.....

    You should be more than used to this over at Fox.
    Why don't you go back there and hate on the president some more.
    No one here will miss you and your racist friends.

    October 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. cevans, texas

    I will never watch "The Apprentice" again! Trump, you and Rick Perry make a good couple! Both of you are pure IDIOTS!

    October 27, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Millie Bea

    Oh, it's been a while- Trump is jones-ing for attention.

    October 27, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Slash

    1960's interracial couple plans to make a child named Barack Hussein Obama the President of the United States nearly half a century later and constructs elaborate fake birth certificates and birth announcements accordingly. - This is the core of every single birther argument.

    October 27, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Buster Bloodvessel

    FACT: anyone who believes the 'birther stories' is too gullible to go head-to-head with other nations. France or China would have Perry so bamboozled that he'd give our money away.

    October 27, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Lola

    These republican candidates just don't seem to get least their main concerns are certainly not what Americans need and are begging for most right now. They've been told and told and told too, so they have no excuse. Perry wants to end Social Security or talk inanely about Pres. Obama's birth certificate..and none of them have the balls to come out and say, "Hey, I get it, you need jobs right now and that's the main thing I'm going to work for if you elect me,. I'm not even going to to talk about anything but that right now. The first one to say that, and actually mean it, might easily get the nomination. Politicians.....your people are hurting!!! Get off your rear ends and start doing something for them for a change!

    October 27, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. dabble

    GOP – Goofy Old People
    Trump, rich because he uses other people's money (i.e., snake oil salesman)

    October 27, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Perry's Campaign is Effectively Over

    Keep on talking Rick- you are making Mitt smile! BTW, where do these GOP nutters come from? Let's review them–The 999 pizza guy is an unqualified media slut, Romney a slimy soap opera leading man, Bachmann a crazed ill-informed moron, Ron Paul is livng in the Hoover era, an isolationist obsessed with blaming the U.S. for everything gone awry in the world- Huntsman and Santorum- who cares? and Gingrich is an ethics albatrossed philanderer released from a 1992 time capsule-

    October 27, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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