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. theobc

    if trump really thinks that pushing this birther issue is so good for perry, perhaps he can explain why it didn't work out so well for him? trump did all the talking and when his words (exact words in fact) where used against him at the white house correspondence dinner, trump came across as a fool. i can still picture the sour look that he had on his face at the dinner that night. please trump, advise all the GOP candidates to continue pushing the birther issue, tell them where pushing that issue got you.

    October 26, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yep... The Don's not too good at predictions... He actually thought HE could be President....

    October 26, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Decker

    Dude.. go home and take a long hard look at that rat on your head. It's time for a haircut!

    October 26, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. CBR

    Donald Trump lives in a world he fabricated for himself. He continually makes statements that are just on the line between truth and fiction. He says them so often that he believes the statements.

    At this point, I question his motives. Whose side is this man on? Is he being so very patriotic or is he doing this to get into the public eye continually? Maybe the press should ask more questions and seek more answers. If not, leave him out of the public eye.

    October 26, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The Donald is just plain boring anymore. He used to be kind of interesting.

    October 26, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. skarphace

    I refuse to comment on a Trump article.

    Oh, wait. I just did.

    Ok, from now on then.

    October 26, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Bob and Jerry

    Maybe no one has considered that the Security check on Obama would have found out that he was or was not born in Hi.

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

    Any candidate who raises this issue should not be taken seriously

    October 26, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Tom

    Trump single handedly took Perry down and Perry let him do it. Neither one of them is presidentioal material.

    October 26, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. wake up America

    Trump is so ugly inside and out..he;s a dated wanna be thug. NO BODY LOVES YOU ANYMORE DONNIE. So keep your trap shut!

    October 26, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Ron

    Said Trump, "I really like that ol' boy from Texas. He's smart as a whip, and he'll say just about anything I tell him to say. But most importantly, he never questions the legality of my hair. Many people question the validity of it as being a "comb-over", or even a "hair toss", but Perry said it was 100% pure, true-blue American hair. The best that money could buy. We're having lunch at the Trump tower and we'll go over Obama's birth certificate with a fine tooth comb. Or perhaps it's my hair we'll go over with that comb. Whatever."

    October 26, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. _me

    Donald Trump should take up the view that Barack Obama doesn't really exist, that he's just a figment of the leftist media's imagination, and that Fox is playing along with it so they can expose it in 2017. Perhaps Trump could convince people that most people have never actually seen Obama, and that he's just some kind of CGI generated on the government's supercomputers. And people who say they've seen him have either seen the holograph version (Trump certainly has) or is lying.

    October 26, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. mike124

    Considering that Obama completely OWNED Trump at that press dinner where he essentially ended the Donald's political career with one "Well played, sir," what in the world does Trump think he will accomplish with this? This is a guy that also got owned by Seth Myers. SETH MYERS ... I mean, really!!

    And what does it tell you about the Republicans if, in fact, the birther issue does help Perry in the primaries?

    October 26, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. T in Dallas

    Yeah, go ahead Perry. Go the birther route. We know how well it turned out for "Donald the Dummy" Trump. Perry, with friends like Trump, you don't need any enemies but he's a cash cow so feel free to humiliate yourself at any cost because we know you can't look away from money.

    October 26, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Jacob M

    Rick Perry was born in Texas – definitely not part of the US.

    October 26, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. wyopoke

    Donald, Donald, Donald, I thought you was smarter than this. You and the right wing nuts on Fox are going to single handedly destroy the GOP. Americans are waking up. They see right through this fa sod. I was a Republican, but not anymore. If this is the best the GOP has to offer, I'm done with ya. I'll join the rest of America and fight for Jobs, not Jabs.

    October 26, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. gran

    Hey, Donald. WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK. The American people want to know what the Republicans propose to do to help the MIDDLE CLASS and not the upper class. We don't want to hear about more tax cuts for the rich who, by the way, did NOT create the jobs that were supposed to have been created when they got their extension. And, Donald, you are insignificant to the American people so please go back to your ivory tower and SHUT UP.

    October 26, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Portland tony

    Just looking at that old Trump makes me realize what the OCCUPY Movement is all about.

    October 26, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. GaryB

    Trump should really take time to do some research before he opens his mouth, The long form birth certificate that was released looks like a photocopy on security paper (which is why some ignorant fools continue to maintain that it's a forgery) because that's exactly what it is. No states ever, ever releases the original birth certificate, because then there would be no record of the birth. How stupid is Donald Trump that he can't comprehend this simple fact. Further proof that you don't have to be smart to be rich, but being a ruthless, immoral jerk certainly helps.

    October 26, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. Hahaha

    Whats next tramp, a DNA sample so he can prove that he's really black? I got news for you Sir, the American people are no longer getting side tracked by Drama. If you are going to open your mouth you better have something meaningful to the issues at hand.

    October 26, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. Moonbeam

    The birth certificate took a long time to produce because Hawaii doesn't release the long form birth certificate as a matter of course - it is only for the Government's records. President Obama finally had to ask a favor of Hawaii's governor in order to have it released BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE POSSESSION OF IT! Hawaii simply makes available to everyone born in Hawaii the short form that the President had already shown.

    October 26, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. NamCbtVet

    The dumb "trumping" the dumber.

    October 26, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. WDinDallas

    Hmm, most Presidents family are part of media life. Why haven't we seen Obama's transcripts? Where is his sister? Why don't we know more about his father and step-father? Why don't these things get the same attlention as other candidates, both during his election and now?

    October 26, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Johan S

    Does this jerk have even one contribution to humanity? How many patents does Donald Trump have? Has he invented anything? He just got lucky a few times investing in the right thing. Hey I've made money gambling too .. doesn't make me a genius .. just lucky.

    October 26, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

    President Obama and the Deomcrats' top priority is the economy and jobs.....meanwhile

    The top priority of the


    GOPTEA birthers is birth certificates and more tax cuts for the rich.

    Well I know who I will be voting for next November.

    October 26, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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