Despite calls to drop the issue, real estate mogul and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump has reiterated his doubt about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, lamenting that the media have helped turned the “birther” term into a “negative word.”
“I can guarantee you, my hospital has all the information, how much my parents paid for that unfortunate day when I was born into this world, this rather crazy world. But the fact is, nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Trump told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview aired Sunday on “State of the Union.”
“So this – it’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you,” he continued. “And you know, it’s a very sad thing, because the people – the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word. And I always tell people, I was a very good student, I went to the best college, I went to great schools, I’m – I have very high aptitude, because if you come out and say – and even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at the question. And the fact is, if he wasn’t born in this country, he shouldn’t be the president of the United States.”
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” Trump asked. “Why has he spent over $2 million in legal fees to keep this quiet and keep this silent?”
Last week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising GOP star, urged Trump to stop his questions about Obama’s citizenship. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Trump tied for second among Republican voters’ choice for president.