Rep. Issa: Donald Trump "May Or May Not Be Right" About Obama's Birth Certificate

April 12, 2011 9:20 am ET — Matt Gertz

Asked about Donald Trump's repeated hyping of conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate during an interview this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) did not denounce Trump, instead saying that the real estate developer and possible GOP presidential candidate "may or may not be right." Issa added that "most of us think that it's not an issue and he's unlikely to prove he wasn't born in America."

From the April 12 interview on Fox Business' Imus in the Morning:

DON IMUS: Digressing here, um, there's a lot of talk, unfortunately, about Donald Trump raising — not about him — but about him raising this birth certificate issue, which is — what's your view on that?

ISSA:  You know, the man is president. If Donald Trump wants to go back, that's fine, that's his decision. He may or may not be right. Most of us think that it's not an issue and that he's unlikely to prove that he wasn't born in America. What we do care about is, that we don't think that President Obama is good for America, and we'd like to see him not get a second term. And we'd like to have a debate about what President Obama did wrong in these first two years and he's still doing wrong in many cases.


As noted, during an extensive media tour over the last few weeks Trump has repeatedly pushed a variety of long-debunked conspiracies about Obama's birth certificate, including:

  • He insists that the official "Certification of Live Birth" that Obama produced in 2008 is "not a birth certificate."  That's wrong. The U.S. Department of State uses "birth certificate" as a generic term to include the official Hawaii document, which satisfies legal requirements for proving citizenship and obtaining a passport.
  • He claims that there's no signature or certification number on the document released by Obama. Wrong again. Photos of the document, which we posted in 2008, clearly show those details.
  • He says newspaper announcements of Obama's birth that appeared in Hawaii newspapers in 1961 "probably" were placed there fraudulently by his now-deceased American grandparents. Actually, a state health department official and a former managing editor of one of the newspapers said the information came straight from the state health department.