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. arizonamom

    Donald Chump.....the man every presidential hopeful wants in their corner. NOT!!! The guy is an egotistical, megalomaniac. If he comes to offer you his support..................RUN, do not walk to the nearest exit and never look back!

    October 27, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  2. mark

    his birth announcement was in the local paper too. so..that's a pretty amazing conspiracy. what's really amazing is that even if there were a piece of paper..wouldn't the next step be to 'wonder' if it is a forgery? it would never end.

    October 27, 2011 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  3. David in Cincinnati

    Are these people entirely nuts? Why do they have any influence at all?

    October 27, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  4. james223344

    The birther issue was stupid before, but you have to be an incredible moron to be still talking like that. Really......

    October 27, 2011 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    wWhere was that thing on your head born?

    October 27, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  6. joe smith

    again, barry was not born matter what the spoon feeding media tells you..Trump is right..

    October 27, 2011 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  7. joe smith

    ever wonder why a presidential chief of staff, the number two guy, who knows everything the president knows, just decides to leave that post..must be more than birther issues to clean up, if you ask me..

    October 27, 2011 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  8. rickinmo

    Perry doesn't need Trump to look crazy; he does fine all by himself.

    October 27, 2011 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  9. anonym

    who gives a craap about Trump.
    Why does he even bother to speak....

    October 27, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  10. joe

    Trump doesn't realize that no one cares about what he says

    October 27, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  11. Nothing new here

    This is unbelievable. So Trump basically wants to bring this "birther" stuff back into the spotlight. Maybe Donald Trump doesn't want a Republican for president in 2012 after all. I just think that Donald Trump is only out for one person – Donald Trump.

    October 27, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  12. mdc

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Donny! You are INSANE!

    October 27, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  13. Marie MD

    mr. buffon strikes again. Who told this bankrupted, both financially and mentally, moron that he has any say about anything. Didn't his "people" not find a darn thing about the President's birth certificate?
    He is the northern haley. Come eat pizza with a knife and fork with me and that will make you a finesse human being. Unfortunately anything that this reality TV bozo touches turns to clay!

    October 27, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  14. enough of lies

    obama has no right to be in his position, I would really like to see a poll with mickey mouse against obama, hmmmm mickey wins

    October 27, 2011 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  15. Tom

    Trump disputes Obama's State of Hawaii birth certificate....Did you see what he threw out there as his??? Looks nothing like my State of NY birth certificate. What it looks like is a hospital certificate, which is not legal anywhere. Doesn't even have the state seal which is mandatory.

    October 27, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |

    Wingnuts want to forget the look on Trump's face while our great President Obama pimp slapped him at that dinner. Rick Bush will have the same whipped frown soon thanks to carnival barker Trump

    October 27, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  17. Neal Powers

    Perry is exercising poor judgement for allowing a man who destroyed his own credibility over this stupid issue. Denial is an incredible waste of time.

    October 27, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  18. Mr. Trump is silly

    Mr. Trump says things out loud that many loonies only think, thereby helping us to avoid these thoughts

    October 27, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  19. regertz

    Wondering why Piers Morgan felt it worthwhile to waste his time with this strange-haired blowhard? You could get a more intelligent commentary from any guy on the street. What an embarassment to the GOP that he was ever discussed as "their kind" of presidential material. Reminds me of Ted Baxter running for office on the old MTM. "What do you think, Lou? Have I got what it takes to make it in politics these days?" "Yes, Ted...I'm afraid you do."

    October 27, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  20. Peter

    What the hell is going on here? Is Trump determined to turn the GOP into a laughing stock with encouraging such foolish things?

    October 27, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  21. Danny

    I have serious doubts Perry was born on this planet.

    October 27, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  22. Orange Julius

    Super, bold prediction from Donald "Orange Julius" Trump. Mr. Perry lost his last shred of credibility when the took up the birther ugliness. It was actually entertaining to see Mr. Perry go out not before confirming he is a complete donkey.

    October 27, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  23. Rabbit

    Donald Trump is clearly mentally retarded. And Perry clearly never stood a chance.

    October 27, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  24. Jorge

    Although a lot of tin-foil hat folks out there still SAY Obama was born in Kenya and that we never got to the moon because the most they know from technology and law is that their moonshine stills had better not smoke or they will get busted, the rest of us KNOW that Donald trump must have been born in outer space, because outside of his protected bubble lined with money, he's a Loony-Tunes alien who carries a dead squirrel on the top of his head. I mean, come on, if folks didn't know this guy had money, who would take him seriously? The guy is just an off-kilter horse trader, albeit a very good one, who can smell a fool a mile away. Proof that it pays to put some nuts in your soup.

    October 27, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  25. Njfinest2009

    Why is Donald Trump even in the news? Who cares what he thinks!

    October 27, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
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