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. cajuntide

    does anyone still care what trump says anymore i mean go make your money and stay off my tv.

    October 27, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. BJ Bell

    If Donald Trump will have his hair done in an "Afro" I'll vote for him - that is, if I can quit laughing long enough.....

    October 27, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. gretchen

    I will gratefully vote for any of the people on the GOP side. . I would any day, any year, rather than ever give BO a vote. He is out-qualified experientially, very easily, by any one of the current GOP candidates. Our country would be in much better fiscal shape if one of them could have replaced him already.

    October 27, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  4. Bill in Florida

    Who ever takes any advice from Donal Trump needs to have his or her head examined. The man is as much a lunatic as he is filthy rich.

    October 27, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. AmericanSam

    The birther issue will help him in the primary but not in the general election, says Trump. Perhaps that is because the majority of Republicans believe things that are not true, and the majority of Americans can see right through it?

    October 27, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    Hey, Donald.. remind me again why anyone thought Obama might not have been born in the US in the first place. Why did you nutjobs want to see his birth certificate in the first place? Oh yeah... funny name and brown skin.

    October 27, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Dixie

    A really original move from both Trump and Perry. Wow, we'll get Obama with the birther thing. Two boobs.

    October 27, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  8. Jmontz

    His perspective is so irrelevant to what needs to be the focus. We have people out there hurting financially, trying to make ends meet, and here we are writing about what "the Irrelevant Donald" has to say about Perry's unequivocally wrong move into bringing the birther issue into the campaign.

    October 27, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. CRB

    The things we Americans focus on...we're not too smart, and it shows.

    We should be spending our time listening to people who can make a difference, not people who are self-absorbed and consumed with insuring their own progress.

    October 27, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  10. SPQR

    Donald Tramp shut up. Your are starting to sound like Hugo Chavez.

    October 27, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  11. Numyorangay

    I think Trump and Perry are doing each other, frankly, this hair thing going on. Maybe, as SANTORUM said, Perry, Romney and Trump have a thing for each other (and then does that AC/DC gesture). He should just stay home with his wife Melanoma.

    October 27, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  12. SPQR

    Donald Tramp the Hugo Chavez of North America.

    October 27, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  13. Jason

    Give it a rest Trump. Besides, who would want to release his or her private info to almost 7 billion people?

    October 27, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  14. Ralph

    I think Trump is a big phony....probably not as rich and certainly not as influential as he want us to think....don't believe truly wealthy folks need nor would desire reality show contracts....

    October 27, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Jerry

    It doesn't matter where on Earth you're born: if you have 1 parent who is an American citizen you are automatically an American citizen, yourself. Obama's mother is American, thus, he is American by birth. It's just like all those children of American servicemen left in Vietnam; once they could provide proof Daddy was a G.I. they got to come to America AS FULL CITIZENS. I have no use for Obama – he's a worse president than even Jimmy Carter – but this whole "birther" thing is stupid, baseless, and petty. Leave it alone, already!

    October 27, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  16. Jay in Montana

    It appears that Trump helped Texas Toast scuttle his own boat. I don't know how to characterize these guys without diving into the gutter for the right words, but I know they're anti-middle class, amoral, short on brain cells and egotistical . Funny how many politicians and obscenely rich ne'er-do-wells think so highly of themselves.

    October 27, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  17. jon

    Republicans seem to all be nutty. Be sure not to vote for any one of them, or they will rip us a new one like Bush did in 2000.

    October 27, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  18. shoegazer

    C'mon....take a long look at that buffoon in the picture.Could any sane individual actually take that clown seriously? If you answered yes to that question....stay out of the poll booth over the next,oh,I don't know,sixty years.

    October 27, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Bryan

    Always good for a laugh 🙂

    October 27, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. Exfakto

    Maybe Trump is an under cover supporter for Obama and does this on purposes!!!

    October 27, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. jae3

    "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."

    Hmmm, then why are those "results" not linked in the "Also see" section???

    October 27, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  22. ljjm

    And we care about Trump's latest spouting because…????????

    October 27, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  23. tet1953

    I'm sure there have been bad days politically in this country before. I hear that the days of Jefferson and Washington were pretty rough and tumble. But honestly, I am almost 60 and I have never seen a worse bunch, at every level and of every stripe.

    October 27, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Kevin O.

    I think it's cute when old people talk about stuff we don't really care about. You go GrandPa!!! ^^

    October 27, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Kenny K

    I was surprised that even Romney could go to Donald after he trashed him regularly.

    October 27, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
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