New Yorkers Blast Donald Trump For ‘Birther’ Campaign

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — As he flirts with the idea of seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has joined the “birthers” — who have raised questions about whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

New Yorkers are dumping on “The Donald” for his aggressive campaign.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: New Yorkers Are Tired Of Trump’s ‘Birther’ Campaign

“It’s ridiculous, Trump is not willing to accept the political reality that Obama is a real candidate, he’s a real person and they’re taking every opportunity to pull him down,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

“He is just jealous and he wants to run to be president. Obama got it, he’s here, he’s American,” a woman said.

“I think he’s just a publicity hound,” another man said. “Anything to get in the newspapers. I’d like to see Donald Trump’s birth certificate, see where he’s from.”

In an interview with George Stephanapoulos, Trump said the White House can end the controvery by simply releasing the president’s official birth certificate.

“He doesn’t have a birth certificate or he hasn’t provided it,” Trump said.

Stephanapoulos pointed out that Obama, long ago, released a certificate of live birth and that the announcement of his birth was published by two Hawaiian newspapers.

Trump said Stephanapoulos had been “co-opted.”

Some people are, however, siding with Trump.

“I think it’s legit, I think as Americans we should know where our leader is born and raised and what his policies are,” one man said.

A CNN nationwide poll of adult Republicans showed Trump tied for the presidential lead with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at 19 percent each. Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, was third at 12 percent.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, conducted before Trump’s latest TV blitz, showed Huckabee and Trump tied for second, at 17 percent each. Romney led with 22 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 11 percent, and Palin 10 percent.

Trump has said he would decide by June about whether he will officially enter the presidential race.

What do you think? Should Trump give up on the Obama birth certificate battle? Sound off below

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  • nelson

    What we have here as the dots connect appears to be a foreign born political interloper perpetrating a fraud against the American people. We see this in the put-on oral, written and body language of a skilled actor. Then there is the fall out of false promises, over turned legal due process and procedure, lost wars, a collapsing currency, a broken economy, confiscatory taxation, exploiting rules and regulations, foreign invasion by illegal aliens, and crimes against liberty through a sham presidency.

  • cassie

    This proves, a man can be born with a silver spoon, and still have no class whatsoever, and another man born with less. raised by his mother. can make it to the white house, and still have integritiy. what lil class Donald Trump has. to belittle our president. I hear he Donald Trump wants to run for President. do we really need another nut job in the white house? Trump is only jealous of. Mr. Obama.

  • keith

    The only job Mr. Trump is vaguely qualified for would be is to fill up the Goodyear Blimp with his mouth.

    • dwight looi

      And how is Obama qualified? Donald is qualified if he represents the view of enough people to win a nomination and win the election. We’ll have to see about that.

  • Ron Paul

    Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.

    The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

    So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

  • Ron Paul

    Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.
    The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

    So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

  • dwight looi

    Well, it’s really very simple. If Obama is legit and he has a Birth Certificate, why won’t he show it? Why is he hiding behind some right to seal his records or the the certificate of live birth is adequate. The question is not just whether he is a legit president — let’s say he is and I hope he is.

    WHY WON’T OBAMA SHOW HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE? There is no reason a normal person would have a problem with that. I’ll show mine in a heartbeat. Why won’t he show it? I can only think of two reasons — he doesn’t have one or there is something on there he doesn’t want the world to know about. In either case, I think it is time he comes clean! Maybe he simply lost the birth certificate — that’s OK — come clean, say you lost it!!!

    WHY IS ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO SHOW HIS BC unreasonable or radical or inappropriate?

  • Auburn Dale

    Nobody actually believes this “birther” nonsense. People just PRETENDING to believe it so they can make money.

    • dwight looi

      It is perfectly reasonable to ask the President to show his birth certificate, to ask why he is refusing to do so and to ask if he has something to hide. Most people in this country has not problems showing their birth certificate, why does the President?

      Now… this may not be a viable campaign platform — Donald better bring full set of philosophical and policy positions to the table if he is to be a viable candidate — but why should be demonize or even dissuade anyone from asking a perfectly legitimate and reasonable question?

  • Brownsville Bud

    Ladies and Gentleman Birther’s- Do you honestly believe the person who now has control of the “Nuclear Briefcase”, Who is the “Commander and Chief” of the worlds largest military, Who also has several hundred Secret Service men and women acting as human sheilds for him and his family. Is not a Citizen of the United States? If this in fact is the case.. ALL THE MIGHTY WHITE FOLK WHO DROPPED THE BALL – NEEDS TO BE SHOT!! #justsaying

    • billy on the hill

      except for the violence mentioned at the end, nicely stated.

  • keith

    There is one very good reason why Donald Trump will never run for President: HE IS TOO CHEAP.
    From 1980-2000, the Trump Organization gave under $1,000 to charity [This is for 20 years mind you], and also he is a known deadbeat when it comes to paying his vendors. For his 2008 Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney spent $50 million of his own money. Donald Trump is so cheap, there is nothing he will spend $5.00 on, much less millions, not even his hair!

  • klaudio

    To even consider that pompous clown Trump as a potential cadidate shows the depths of Desperation of the Republican Moron Party who have been trying to change history by pretending that Bush and his gang of thieves did not almost single handedly destroy the US .The unrelenting attacks on Obama shows just how appalled these racists are that a black man is cleaning up Bush’s mess and restoring the US’s credibiity with the rest of the world .
    I hope Trump runs ,he will be shown for the dumb ass he reall is .

  • zjohnson

    I’d like to see proof of intelligence for all presidential candidates. That way, no Republican will ever get into office.

  • China

    Trump this, Obama that. It’s over for you fools. We own you.

  • Montana

    Trump loves “rattling the Birthers cages”, too funny. If this is the best you got GOP, well then LOSE, LOSE, LOSE.

    The GOP is like the “Chicken Littles” always saying that the “Sky is Falling”, like the same ones that were the “Chicken Hawks” (“W” Wars), big talk no courage. The United States, favors creativity wherever it can be found. We’re apostles of prosperity and defenders of the free exchange of ideas and when more people in more countries are free to rise, to invent, to communicate, to dissent, it’s not the doom of United States leadership, its the triumph of the American way.
    Generations have worked hard and sacrificed much for the country to reach this point (individuals and our unions!), and with further hard work and sacrifice (along with our relentless self-doubt) the United States will rise again, we do not tire and we are coming back, no matter what the “Chicken Littles” keep saying about our nation. Never Bet Against the United States!
    Our current President travelled under a USA passport long before he was elected President, but I guess the quacky BIRTHERS, must believe that the USCIS – United States Passport was in on the lie, please, grow up, you are wrong! Remember when some contractors were busted during the “George W. Bush” administration for looking at our current President passport file (how quick you forget).

    The Birthers just HATE and can’t debate!
    Have any of the quacky BIRTHERS presented any credible proof that will standup in court? Answer: No
    Have any of the quacky BIRTHERS won any Court Cases? Answer: No
    They are just mainly backward, uneducated, white people who HATE our half black President.

    The majority of the voting public ask “where the proof”, show some proof BIRTHERS or the voting majority will continue to see you as dumb, stupid or racist, maybe all three. Can you blame them?

    Still, I really hope one of these retreads and blowhards runs for president, not because they have a chance of winning but because I like to see the train wreck that they will cause.

    Faux News Candidates:
    former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ”The I graduated Early”,
    former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. “The I Love The Interns”,
    former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee “The Huckster Reverend”,
    former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. “The I Love the Gays”,
    former UN Ambassador John Bolton “The I Love The War ”

    I Finance Myself:
    real estate celebrity developer, Donald Trump, “I took my Casino into Bankruptcy, just imagine where I can Take the US”
    former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “The Flip-Flopping Fudger”,
    former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush “The I Am Not My “Dumb Ass” Brother”,

    Employed Long Shots:
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. “The History, I Don’t Need No Stink’n History”,
    Mississippi Gov./ former tobacco lobbyist, Haley Barbour “The last White Hope”

    • 78910

      Montana! The computers at the Unemployment office are to be used for jobseekers only. GET OFF!

      But u r funny.

  • Peter

    I can’t stand him or his wig. Who cares if he has more money than Romney!!! I hope he runs for president and spends 500 million on his campain and ends up losing. One thing Trump does not like is to lose his Cash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    My point to Mr. Trump would be this, these guys are expending so much energy trying to prove or disprove a non-issue. In the event they were to find some shred of evidence, that President Obama is in fact an alien, what difference would it make? The wheels of justice in the country grind slightly slower than most glaciers, it would take the better portion of a decade just to get to a point where they might decide what to do about it and IF this manufactured evidence were to hold enough weight to warrant legal process we are looking at another couple of years. I would think that if I were entertaining the idea of running for any public office, it would be a waste of resources to discredit my opponent , those resources would be much better invested in a campaign to tell me what you as a candidate, believe you would or could do differently, we already know what, if anything the other guy is or isn’t doing tell me how you can do better. The whole “birther” thing is a non-issue and personally I think that Mr. Trump is just talking to hear his own voice, I find it hard to beleive that President Obama (as much as I don’t think he is qualified as a president)could run for the office of President and successfully win a general election and be inaugurated as President without somebody having done an acceptable background search, to prove he is who he says he is. At this point, I look forward to getting President Obama out of office and I believe the American public genuinely want him to go away, but at this point there is not one candidate that I beleive would make a good President. I see a bunch of people trying to run a campaign based on “I’m less of a jerk than my opponent” I have really had more than my fill of destructive campaigning, and bickering polticians who place themselves on a pedestal so far above the American public. This country needs a real leader for president, not a celebrity wannab.

  • New Beginnings

    Wake up people you are no longer in America that was just a name. Peace and harmony to everyone and hope you all are enjoying this ride through the UNIVERSE.

  • kendra

    he don,t need to know where obama was born at all he needs to know about is tending to his own business….good grief …



  • HUGO

    Ugandan born, Indonesian bred, 110% NOT American…Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!

    • Robert West

      Whats American? An indegi…an indig….an Indian, right?

  • Mr. Savant

    Only the tea party has the will to save this country and Trump will make the tough business decisions to get us there.

  • Mr. Savant

    Go Donald! We have every right to see his birth certificate. What’s he hiding?


    That’s why your wives, sisters, and daughters LOVE US.

    • lily

      pete C…thats not what I taught you from birth…embrace….

    • pete c

      the fat ones love you, which we do not want anyway lol

  • keith


    The CEOs of most S&P 500 companies raked in an average compensation of $11.4 million in 2010, amounting to a 23 percent pay raise over 2009, according to a new study from labor union coalition the AFL-CIO.

    The AFL-CIO compiled the data as part of its Executive Paywatch initiative, which aims to make information on executive compensation more transparent and to create more accountability. It shows that in 2010, the average S&P 500 CEO made 343 times more than an average worker in his company, compared with just 42 times more in 1980.


    All I have to say to all of you dumb right wingers and Tea Baggers:

    Trump Airlines- Bankrupt

    Trump Casino- BANKRUPT


  • Ellen

    I like a lot of what Donald Trump has to say, but the birther thing on Obama has gone on far to long. There’s more important issues to talk about and that’s whats wrong with The Donald, He’s more of a star then a politician.

  • Andrew Rosenberg

    Donald, Donald, Donald. I hope your campaign costs you lots of money. You may know real estate but you don’t know politics. Worst, you prey on peoples fears. Your political slogan should be “Republicans, the party of scared old white men”.

  • Wolf

    I will vote for Trump. A working man who has actually earned his dollar and his right to be president. A true leader, not a follower. It’s time for this country to move forward into the future based on the true principles that our forefathers laid down over 200 years ago.

  • Norman

    Don’t feed the trolls people. If the crazies want to believe that the moon is made of rice pilaf no amount of factual evidence is going to change their mind. If they were really interested in proof they’d click away from the websites that feed their wacky ideas and looks for some facts that are based in reality.

    And I agree, Trump is a US citizen, but his hair is really from Mali.

  • Mr. Savant

    Why is Obama spending so much money on not having to show his birth certificate. Shouldn’t that set off an alarm in someone’s head out there or are you all in denial? What is he trying to hide? Just show it so that this country can move on.

    • Johnny Handsome

      Mr. Savant, how much money has our President spent on not showing his birth certificate? Also, according to the law of the land you live in, a Certificate of Live Birth is legal and binding. What more do you want? Or are you people saying that the LAW of the United States is not good enough for you?

    • Tom

      Didnt know his real name is Barry Soetoro

    • John Gulbunnie

      Oh Mr. Savant….I bet you believe in god too. Your first name MUST surely be “Idiot.”

  • Railien7

    Trump’s act is tired. All he is, is a rich man looking to make more money at everyone else’s expense.

    • Stephen M. St. John

      Trump is right to raise this issue of Barack Obama’s eligibility to hold any federal office. Legal arguments were raised before the Democratic National Convention that chose Obama in 2008, yet they have still not been heard in a court of law. This is disgraceful! For more information please see

      • Kate

        Actually every court case that has been brought on this issue has been dismissed because it’s all nonsense. The Obama campaign provided his birth certificate in 2008. It was a copy that was certified by Hawaiian officials as authentic. But the loonies don’t want to accept this. Give it up already. and The Donald? Full of hot air with lots of money. By the way he doesn’t want to disclose his tax returns. Does that make him unfit for office?

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