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. annette

    i think the donald is sabatoging (sp) the republicans. i think the donald is really an obama fan but won't admit it.

    October 26, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that this a sign that the crazies are taking over the GOP. Why didn't they bring this up when he ran for the Senate or anything else? This seems that there is a growning bigotry in the tea parrty and others that are connected to them. Frightening, isn't it?

    October 26, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Mike

    If Perry thinks it's so much fun to "poke at" the President, I half-wish he would win so we could enjoy poking at him for 4 years, and watching while the Democrats in Congress do the same.

    October 26, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. optimistica

    How ever did you ever get so rich when you seem so dumb?

    October 26, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. GCV

    Trying to bring up the whole birther thing simply makes Perry look desparate.

    October 26, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Shannon

    That's true, the Republican base is crazy, so of course they want their candidates to be equally nuts. The general population not so much, for once I agree with Mr hairball!

    October 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Kenny

    If Republicans are going to run this election on Obama not being born in the United States, I think it is safe to say this man those fools claim not to be American born is enroute to a second term.

    October 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Attila01

    If this is all the ammunition Donald Trump can produce, then it's a damn good thing he didn't run for president.
    He's just using the various media, and they keep repeating his drivel. But he's only demeaning himself in the end, because no intelligent voter would listen to such nonsense. When it comes to politics he's no more than an Apprentice and should be fired rather than hired.

    October 26, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. D

    Ah yes, spoken like a true circus ringmaster!
    How appropriate!

    October 26, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. BENJI

    Sad that the racist, ignorant people in this country aren't smart enough to learn the issues and rely on this stupid nonsense.

    October 26, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. deb

    OMG why should anyone care what this pompous airbag thinks.

    October 26, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Jon

    So remind me... why are we still listening to Trump? And didn't he have enough when the President released his birth certificate last year and proved him a liar?

    October 26, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. 2buttercups

    Seriously? So "The Donald" is advising Perry now I've tried to give Perry some credit but after reading this, I can't. Mom was right: Show me who you surround yourself with and you'll show me who you are. The once Grand Old Party is imploding, fast.

    October 26, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Shardik

    "would help the Texas governor in the Republican presidential primary, but might not be "good for him in the general election."

    In other words, it will appeal to the wingnuts but not to the normal people?

    October 26, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. muller

    poor Rick, you need love and advice from the looser trump. dont you have your own strategy to win the nomination? please pack and go back to Austin. you are massive disapointments to the Texas and your family. good luck, 2016.

    October 26, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Jack V

    Trump has got to be a Democrat plant.

    October 26, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. Nevis

    Trump is a closet Democrat. That's the only explanation.

    October 26, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. GEEP10

    In an I.Q. contest with a head of lettuce, Trump would come in 3rd placed and Perry is taking advice from him?
    Perry should have prayed for (B)rain!

    October 26, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. Melo-D

    As a democrat I love Donald Trump. That guy is even dumber than he looks and I find it very amusing that Rick Perry thinks that idiot can actually help his chances of getting elected. Newsflash Rick, most people think Trump is a buffoon.

    October 26, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Oldie in TampaBay

    Can't TRUMP just GO AWAY?????? NO ONE cares what you think OR predict Donald ... you are a HAS BEEN!

    October 26, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. SightSeer

    STOP-COVERING-HIM! Leave that to FOX! His opinions are not important, not insightful, and not newsworthy. Make him prove he's a "mogul." If he were a "mogul" he would not decide to not run for the presidency because of the money NBC was offering him to be on Celeb. Apprentice. He is a fraud, a shyster, a self-promoter, a used-car salesman. Stop giving him airtime! It tarnishes your claim to be an upstanding new channel

    October 26, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Observer

    President Obama made Trump look like a complete fool when he exposed the ignorance of Trump's birther charges. Now it looks like Trump wants Perry to look like an ignoramus too.

    October 26, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Rich

    Keep talking DON...It's a toss up between Don and Rick as to who is thebiggest fool.They are two of a kind exept Rick has real hair.They are both great for Obamas election...Thanks don & Rick

    October 26, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Mark

    I can't believe Perry fell for this, WOW; all the data told the GOP to back away from this garbage and now Perry jumps into it head first and takes the wind right out of any good press his tax plan might have had.

    October 26, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. mom

    Propaganda at its worst! If I keep saying it enough, maybe people will believe it? And the saddest thing is, there are some very uneducated, racist, Americans that will believe it. But alas, Mr. Trump, the majority of us are smarter than you think. We don't watch your reality shows or beauty pageants, and we don't frequent your casinos. Essentially, you are a non-entity to the majority!

    October 26, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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