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. Darth Vadik, CA

    No one can beat a dead horse like a Republican....

    October 26, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. thomas

    Makes sense !

    Rick Perry needs a Vice President showman running mate who is just as arrogant , greedy , self centered , pretentious as himself !

    Perry / Trump

    October 26, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. asrael

    The Cartoon has another whack at stardom...

    October 26, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. works4me

    There you go again Don... spewing Palin all over my new flip flops.
    You are sooo out of touch!

    October 26, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. You mom

    Donald Trump is the best thing that could happen for Barack Obama during the election.

    October 26, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. agathokles

    "...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.'"

    Wow! You know what that really says? It's a tacit admission that Republicans are so moronic and/or crazy that they'll be swayed but such a stance, whereas the rest of the electorate is too sophisticated to buy it.

    October 26, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Oh Come On

    The circus is still in town.....and Trump wants to be the ring master.......I think he's qualified

    October 26, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. moomoo3851

    Too bad he chose not to run for the President. He could have pick Sarah Palin as a running mate. They would make a perfect "idiot" couple.

    October 26, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Noah

    everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

    How many times do we have to go over this? He is an American let's move on...

    October 26, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. BK

    You doubt it because someone said it was fake... 'on the Ineternet'? Is this the high criteria you use for everything Don?

    October 26, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. w l jones

    All planet Earth is an ancient part of Africa, do not take my word look it up for yourself. Bless.

    October 26, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. pprty

    If Donald Duck & Perry were middle class workers, they wouldn't have one friend. Such arrogance to "have a little fun" with someone. That's bullying isn't it? Perry is finished & Trump is a dough boy.

    October 26, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. common sense

    Perry has called the state of Hawaii and their state office a bunch of liars. Seems pretty presidential to me, he does the Republicans proud. This is also makes him look racist.

    October 26, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. ironsides

    Yea Don Stump your RIGHT!
    Except for the fact that the FBI Has to CLEAR the potential POTUS for a TOP SECRET CLEARANCE and if you can't get one, guess what you can't be POTUS. Hell John Mccain is less of a US Citizen than OBama he WAS born in Panama.

    God made freaks to keep the sane entertained.

    October 26, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. phil hamblett

    Now is the time for all to realize that Perry is just as ignorant as he wants us to think! Moot point, over and done, get a life and go back to his swill!

    October 26, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Guest

    Birds of a feather flock.....

    October 26, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    ask Donald why his yacht is docked in the Bahamas & not the U.S.

    October 26, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. dan

    If Trump can prove his hair is real, then Obama shouldn't have any trouble proviing his birth certificate is real. C'mon Trump, dish...!

    October 26, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Tish

    Give it a rest already. Don't these people think before they speak. They look so stupid and dumb.

    October 26, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    if Rick has created more jobs than any state the last 2 yrs, then why would he want to throw this "flat tax" ponzi scheme to the american people? if what he is doing is working then why change? and why did you take stimulus money?

    October 26, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Tomasina

    Why did Obummers granny swear in 2 different TV interviews that he was born in Kenya and she was present in the delivery room. It was not for almost 2 weeks later that the white house team caught up with her and told her what to say and what NOT to say.

    October 26, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. lance corporal

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha
    oh god the republicans are funny
    they don't have one single real issue they can speak to sooooooo
    we get this, if your not laughing at this current crop of repubs
    you need to check your pulse.........

    October 26, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Jona

    Again with this? Come on. The big elephant in the room is that our president is not white. Rather than say anything that would be considered racist, "The Birther movement" continues to imply he's simply not eligible to be president. How convenient and sickening...

    October 26, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. FedUpWithLife

    If Trumps Father wasn't rich, Donald would have starved to death a long time ago.

    October 26, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Mike in Texas

    Trump still hasn't released his tax records. He said he would once Obama released his birth certificate.

    October 26, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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