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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Comments (153)
  1. Mr. Savant says:

    We need executive leadership. Obama only has followship!

    1. bobcat says:

      go get a job, you loser

      1. Mr. Savant says:


        please fondle my buttocks.

    2. winer catcher says:

      …explains your thinking….massages to your brain may help you.

      1. Chucklesworth says:

        weiner catcher….now that is funny.

  2. Mr. Savant says:

    Trump will be the Winston Churchill of our times and will save us from these out of control Democrats who insist upon taking this country over the financial cliff.

    1. Johnny Handsome says:

      Maybe you were sleep the entire 8 years of the Bush debacle but every single act of financial hardship we now face can be traced to some form of deregulation by the Republicans.

  3. Mr. Savant says:

    Trump tells the truth so directly that most people can’t handle it. I like being spoken to straight. The democrats are unwilling to do what’s necessary to correct our economy. We need someone who knows how to make a business decision otherwise we’ll become a third world country .

  4. Mr. Savant says:

    Show the certificate already! As far as executive experience Obama never even ran a hot dog stand. We need Trump to get this country in shape again otherwise the Demcrats will spend us into a depression. Obama already has added a trillion dollars to debt.

    1. thetrickster says:

      With the growing wealth divide in this country, surely the best representation for the millions of middle and low income Americans is a billionaire property investor. He’s run a few companies into the ground in the past– maybe he can try to run this country to the ground as well.

      This is all publicity so that his TV show ratings improve. He’s a smart guy. Smart enough to know that he doesn’t need to run for President and can improve his relationship with the misguided “Patriots” in this country and boost his TV ratings just by saying a few outlandish things.

      Obama added a trillion to the debt? What about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did those add to our debt as well?

    2. Johnny Handsome says:

      You are a joke Mr. Savant. How many times has Trump filed for bankruptcy? Trump is a joke. I really think he and Obama are in on this together. Trump is leading all but one of the Republican hopefuls. This a good think for the Democratic party. No one in their right mind would vote for Money bags Trump. He sounds like some Brooklyn Gangster. And the idiot is talking about showing China how its done. Fool! Has he no idea that China could destroy us in a second? They damn near own us already.

  5. William says:

    Has everyone forgot that Donald Trump is a lire and cheat! Remember he had his mistress living in the same building he was in with wife # ????

    1. mak says:

      So how is that any different that many other politicians … or movie stars … or business men …. or truck drivers. Please don’t tell me that you are looking to politicians to be our moral guides. You might as well let Charlie Rangel be your tax advisor.

    2. whichone says:

      ..I thought that was Gulian…ummm..nevermind.

  6. Devenio is a loser says:

    But he’s not an ignorant, bigot like yourself.

    1. Devenio says:

      Donald Trump is the biggest joke this side of comedy central…. And I’ll be seeing you soon.

  7. George Scott says:

    In an article written by The Associated Press out of Washington D.C. it states that Obamas real name was BARRY SOETORO. The article further states that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President.
    Lets all wait for THAT outcome. It further stated in that same article that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000.00 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms for legal resources to block disclosure of his personal records.
    Does that sound like a man you want to lead our Great Nation ?? I think not. !!!!

    1. April Fools says:

      Mr Scott, I suggest you actually take a moment and actually look into that article. If you did you’d find that the AP wrote no such article. It was a hoax. It’s dated April 1st. Does that date ring any bells?

      1. Tom says:

        I didnt know that there are alot of people questioning the legal status of the President, amazing how such an importaint issue is being under examined. Even the Canadians are worried.

    2. Devenio says:

      Um, maybe you also were sleep for the 8 years Bush was in office. And when was the last time America was Great? 1945? There is no America . There is the American Union.

  8. jaypee says:

    At least Donald would not bow to anyone.

    1. bbmjr says:

      A good thing at that. His hair piece would fall off.

  9. Josh says:

    Natural Born Citizen – I guess this means that it’s ok for a child of illegal immigrant parents simply born on our side of the border to someday be President. But, that a child born to an American mother in Canada or Kenya is somehow ineligible? Do you really think if Michelle Obama had a 3rd child which was born aborad, that the child could never be President?!?!? Think about it.

    1. greg says:

      I’m trying to think about it, but I can’t get past the idea of any more Obamas in this world there are already way too many of them

  10. Jade says:

    Why are we even questioning if he were born in the United States? Furthemore, his mother was a UNITED STATES CITIIZEN making him a UNITED STATES CITIZEN!! Can we move on to the issues…like how is Donald Trump going to reduce our deficit when he has consistently filed bakruptcy to avoid paying debts on loans…serious candidate for who is what I want to know.

    1. mak says:

      There’s a website that explains why Obama’s birthplace is a problem. His mother was a minor who was in Kenya during the time leading up to Obama’s birth. According to the laws in place at the time, if Obama’s mother gave birth out of the country, she would not have been able to declare Obama as a citizen because of the total time that she spent out of the country. I forget the exact details but the arguments and proof were compelling.

      1. Norman says:

        mak, I love “There’s a website…” That really sums up the fact checking being done by the birther crowd.

        There’s also a website that says robots are stealing people’s luggage and using them as transport to alien bases in Camden. You should go look for that. It should keep you busy for a while.

      2. mak says:

        Norman, number 1: I’m not a birther, #2: You can’t post web links on this site, #3: I don’t remember the website because I last looked at it during the last presidential election cycle and wanted to know what the brouhaha was surrounding this subject. I don’t feel the urge to go look for it because it is not that important to me. And pardon me for not saving the website. Jade made a comment and I responded with some info.

        I’ll give you a clue, Norman. If you want to convince people of your position, use civility. If you want to repulse people, just keep on insulting them like your doing. It works.

  11. danny says:

    JD, You clearly posses more knowledge in this area. Please tell me what the other requirements are.
    Also, NY, haven’t we learned what happens when we elect a millionaire to office?

  12. RACIST SEXIST says:

    My ex girlfriend was black, she siad that I was a racist sexist, for leaving the toilet seat up, then she broke up with me.

    1. Todd says:

      Considering that your ex girlfriend’s name was Kevin, that’s the least of your worries.

      1. TODD's folks says:

        It was a joke Like your Trash hillbilyl Mother and your pinked dressd father

  13. JD NYC says:

    Does anyone realize there are other requirements besides being born in the US? Obama fails on other grounds also. Clearly, he was ineligible to run. The Democrats pushed him through despite knowing this. Every citizen of this country should have the right to sue the Democratic party for fraud!!

    1. JOE says:

      enlighten us on the other grounds upon which Obama fails please.

  14. antonio andolini says:

    What I wanna see is the PhD cetificate/diploma of
    the “doctor” who gave Donald that hideous hair transplant.

    1. antonio andolini says:

      “certificate” even

    2. Litigious lengths says:

      That was crafted for him to wear by his lawyers, to keep well meaning people with good taste and virtues away from Donald

  15. moe says:

    New Yorkers are idiots because they vote morons into office. They never see an entitlement that they don’t like and call anybody a racist that prefers that everybody play by the same rules (as in proving American citizenship whether it be the president or illegal aliens).

    We are following California into bankruptcy but our fellow citizens don’t care. We deserve what we get for being so stupid.

    1. ha says:

      Is your first name HO?

      1. moe says:

        That’s funny! 🙂

      2. wow says:

        …whatcha wearin?

  16. Joseph says:

    Of course the GOP will blast Trump. He’s a threat to the status quo in the GOP. In my opinion, he’s got A LOT of good ideas. Clear the way and let him talk.

  17. None Of Your Business says:

    Do you have proof that President Obama’s father was a terrorist? And furthermore, I seem to recall in articles and news items about Mr. Obama during the campaign that he was raised by his white maternal grandparents, not by his mother. No matter what President Obama does, he can’t win. Why? Because the brain-dead Republicans are furious that one of their fellow idiots (such as George Bush) is not in the White House trashing the United States to Hell, making the country safe for the wealthy, robbing the poor to give to the rich, polluting the environment even more than it is, deregulating banks and Wall Street so we have another Great Depression like we had in 2008, etc., etc.

    1. Josh says:

      where’s the hair line?

    2. Marion Nigro says:

      am i seeing gray hair on the donald. I think he is getting too close to obama’s past and obama is really getting scared. Go for it – show him up and then drop out of the election. You really don’t want it.

  18. JOE says:

    the birther nonsense serves as only a distraction from the real policies and the dems know this.. Obama will produce it right before the election, prove he was born here, and then look at his opponent and say..”umm did you have anything else, no?, good luck in the election”

    1. Ivee says:

      The president provided his birth certificate back in 2008. It’s even on line. You can go look it up.

      1. JOE says:

        if you read about it, Obama did not provide the long form version of it which is what trump is whining about.. that version is not online..

  19. END THE FED says:


  20. Mr. Savant says:

    If Carl Rove thinks Trump is part of “the nutty right” for just wanting to see Obama’s birth certificate then Carl Rove is the nutty core of gullibility.

  21. Garth says:

    New Yorkers dump on anyone when they don;t get something out of the deal. Just remember the nonsense with snow removal for these junks that got plowed in and buried during the blizzard. Cars that don;t move in weeks, or probably don;t run at all, but then it became an issue and a CRISIS. Trump has raised a very valid issue, which Obama keeps side stepping. If it is true, it would be the biggest scam ever pulled in the history of this country. But I fear even more of having the brain dead sleepy vice-president in charge………..

  22. danny says:

    And you are a prime example of what is wrong with this great country. I’d rather have an illegal Mexican near me than your ignorant face.

  23. Mr. Savant says:

    Why are people who want proof considere kooks? You are the kooks for taking Obama at face value. We should all demand to see the certificate and let the chips fall where they may.

  24. Mr. Savant says:

    Show the certificate so we can all move on. What does Obama have to hide anyway?

    1. MHice says:

      Por favor…Get off that b/s, you moron..The birth certificate is available for all to see…Where have you been,under a rock??i?????????????

    2. D says:

      Exactly. If someone called me a liar and I had proof they were wrong, I’d produce it.

  25. danny says:

    D, how about 1. Like what he will do about the economy. Real things. Not buzz words. That’s Palins’ job.

  26. Carol says:

    Give me a break already…forget about the birth certificate and tell us what do would do as President…not that I’m voting for you. Mr. Trump, I hate to tell you this, but Obama is going to be President for another for years…he will win again!

    1. Carol says:

      Resending (misspelled some words…sorry)

      Give me a break already Mr. Trump …forget about the birth certificate and tell us what you would do as President…not that I’m voting for you. Mr. Trump, I hate to tell you this, but Obama is going to be President for another four years…he will win again!

      1. Sean says:

        I will never watch the Apprentice ever again and I will encourage my family and friends via Facebook, twitter and other viral outlets not to buy products advertising on that NBC program; the Apprentice, Donald the Clown is seeking ratings at the expense of stupid Americans who live to hate, this is what’s wrong with America today….

      2. JD NYC says:

        Please, Obama couldn’t even beat Hillary. Four more years, LOL, America wouldn’t last that long with this incompetent piece of garbage at the helm!

  27. Marc Rascoe says:

    Trump is an egotistical piece of rat droppings & should have a stroke sonner than later…

  28. danny says:

    BTW, I voted for him. I think he’s done a bad job during one of the worst times of the USA.

    1. Rafiq says:

      It goes to show how stupid Americans really are, Donald Trump the CLOWN

    2. Devenio says:

      So It took GW Bush and his criminal Republicans 8 years to melt the country down and you expect that to be fixed in 3 years?

  29. danny says:

    D, you’re 100% correct. My statement is as dumb as everything going on here. Whats is Trumps agenda? What are his platforms? Or is it publicity, like the one he gets every time he thinks about ‘running’. It’s not the first time. Obama has been president for over a year. If you want to blast him, find the real reasons, not this veiled bull.

    1. D says:

      He hasn’t even announced if he’s running yet. You want his position on every topic?

  30. shasha says:

    Show the birth certificate!!!!!!!

    1. Now, whatchoo gon' do wit it? says:


      You asked for it: …THUD!

  31. D says:

    Yeah, who cares about the Constitution anyway?

  32. Mr. Savant says:

    I agee with Trump. Show me the birth certificate. This is about qualifications for the presidency not for a hot dog vendor so a higher standard should apply. What’s wrong with knowing the truth unless you are afraid what’s there.

  33. Damian says:

    He is not american, nor terrestial.
    He is a reptilian. But If I have to choose between him and Donald, I choose the reptilian.

  34. danny says:

    I want to start a new “Birther Campain”. I want, NO, I need to see, with my own eyes, the original birth certificate of George Washington. If no certificate can be found, showing his birth place as the USA, then our whole existence should be under question.

    1. D says:

      That’s pretty dumb

    2. D says:

      dumb especially since birth certificates were not first issued until 1836

  35. la moneda says:

    did opa kissinger recognized his vision of god or the antichirst in obama?
    maybe indeed the chosen child was born in magicland??
    what we need to know:
    is he god or the devil who inhabits the whitehouse?

  36. charlie says:

    it is our in our constitution that a president must be born here, it is law and obama has not provided that proof and it is something easy to provide, so he has to hiding something, i am very proud of trump for taking on obama

    1. D says:

      Me too, but God forbid u say anything bad about Obama because then you are a racist

    2. Omar says:

      Then you are a fool and you should be put out of your misery before you contaminate our gene pool with your idiocy.

  37. Stop Hating says:

    Why hasn’t the question ever come up with any other president? Is this because he is Black? Donald Trump is a racist as you can see he fired Holly Robinson off of celebrity apprentice when she was clearly the winner. He can’t see Blacks in power. He is a Hater…..

    1. moe says:

      Al Sharpton, is that you? Come out from behind your screen name!

      1. heyuniversity says:

        …moe, is your last name RON?

  38. GF says:

    Obummer hasn’t shown ANY proof he is a citizen. NONE AT ALL.
    Constitutionally illegal candidate.
    This means if he isn’t a citizen, All the bills he has signed into law, even as senator of Illinois, are no good.
    I’m an upstate NY’er, not some NYC slug. Obama was and still is a BIG mistake.

  39. mark says:

    R U Obama bashers that blind its all about race. To bad for most of you old guys
    that love the wig wearing clown. Just cause he made a lot of money , does not make him fit to be president. The guy is nothing but a big selfpromter. And not even very good at it

    1. DJC says:

      What exactly were Obama’s qualifications or accomplishments before taking office? Being an even bigger self-promoter?

  40. carl rove says:

    The spawn of muskrat love

    1. heybabi says:

      …was it good for you?

  41. William H. Dewyea Sr. says:

    New Yorkers don’t care if Obama was born in America as long as they get something free. A certificate of live birth is not a birth certificate. If these people want to live like they do in foreign slums then go for it. I prefer someone who loves America and cares about America to be our president. Keep up the good work Mr. Trump. There are many people behind you in your quest to save Americaa

    1. Michael H. says:

      “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.”

      Article 4, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.

    2. nemocapn says:

      A Certificate of Live Birth IS a birth certificate. Donald Trump is wrong, and I can provide sources to prove it.

      From a court case, Doe v. Dunning, 549 P. 2d 1 – Wash: Supreme Court 1976:

      “Plaintiff[1] seeks a certified copy of the record of birth, a conventional birth certificate, for her child who was born out of wedlock…..The certificate of live birth, customarily, is filled out by the doctor and the hospital staff with the aid of the mother at the time of birth. This certificate is then filed with the appropriate registrar. There are two parts to this certificate. The first portion of the certificate contains, among other information, the name of the child, date, and place of birth, the name of the father and the maiden name of the mother. It is this portion of the certificate, which contains nonconfidential information, that constitutes the conventional birth certificate referred to in RCW 43.20.090.”

  42. Thomas Gorski James says:

    I have a reason to think something is not quite right The 2 million dollars spent to dismiss the case leads me to believe something is not right why when EVERY other
    President has issued a long form BC this guy gets buy with this Live birth cert.
    which by the I showed to someone in one incidence and was told “THIS IS NOT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE” now go down to town hall and get your real one ,
    Now something as important as this I can’t Imagine why he was not ordered to do it
    I’m thinking race card which is getting really really old in the US
    there are just too many different nationalities to play it!!

    1. Devenio says:

      @Thomas Gorski James: It might have something to do with the fact that a Certificate of Live Birth is considered just as LEGAL as a birth certificate.

      1. View from the truckstop says:

        Devenio, now why invoke logic into a perfectly worthless argument?

  43. Bill says:

    I’ve seen every speech and comment Trump has made since he started this Presidential run. It’s all been logical, nationalistic and complete straight talk. Most of the country can;t handle that NY approach. They prefer a John Edwards type politician who is full of poo. Career politicians of the republicans, democrats and liberals party are useless. Care about their position first, then the American people.

    1. Thomas Gorski James says:


      1. Deb says:

        what the heck were you drinking when you watched??? Your still under the influence I would say!! Trump is a fool, and whatever he says cannot be trusted!!! Obama doesn’t need to produce anything to do with his birth, Clinton would have been on that like flies on _ _ _ _!! You know it!

  44. Oh really? says:

    …with ALL the “…ism’s” out there, cloaked in one garment or another; one catch phrase or another…does anyone REALLY think that were this a valid point, that it would NOT have already derailed Mr. O’s FIRST chance at the Presidency?

    Talk policies, talk future but stop this silly waste of time with this thinly veiled….”…ism”.

    1. Uncle Sam says:

      Lick my burka.

    2. William H. Dewyea Sr. says:

      Most people know how Obama got into the presidency in the first place. One of the requirments for his position was to show his birth certificate. A small price to pay for the position. When the actual birth certificate is not shown there must be a reason. Mr. Obama makes his own way in a cunning manner. I have a problem with that. Everyone else abided by the rules. Obama goes by Obama socialest rules.

      1. Michael H. says:

        Obama showed his birth certificate in 2008. Stick your fingers in your ears and close your eyes as hard as you want, ignoring the facts only makes a fool out of one person, YOU.

      2. Steve says:

        That’s right, Michael H.

  45. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Lets just have the race war in this country and get it over with,.McDonalds is hiring for you posters

  46. m.p says:

    obama is killing this country

  47. Gynnie Ann DeJesus says:

    He’s just racking up bags of trash cash!

  48. None Of Your Business says:

    Considering that Donald Trump is an alien from outer space, he is not one to talk about whether or not President Obama was born in the United States.

    And while we’re on the subject of the legality of Mr. Obama’s presidency because of questions about his place of birth, why not a few questions about the legality of Bush’s presidency when he was first “elected”, given the obvious hanky-panky with the ballots in the State of Florida. Of course, the Republicans are not going to broach that subject.

  49. the bandid says:

    the devil himself would be a better president than that wig wearing clown

    1. Lanie Kazan says:

      Obama wears a wig? No way.

    2. kingfish says:

      donald trump is the white don king

  50. Carlos Liriano says:

    that clown should shave his head, then might looked better, i rather vote for the grim reaper than the clown Trump, what a moron

    1. Your Mom says:


      You should vote for free grammar lessons.

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