On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s The Situation Room, business magnate and Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump appeared, by phone, in a discussion with Wolf Blitzer that mostly focused on Trump’s fixation on the authenticity of President Obama‘s birth certificate. In what devolved into a fiery debate, Trump blasted Blitzer, CNN, Obama, and George Will.
At the outset, Trump took issue with the video segment that preceded the interview: “I thought your reporter was inaccurate in his description … It was a very inappropriate introduction,” he said.
Blitzer asked Trump which specific points he took issue with, to which the businessman replied, “I do not like the issue of where [Obama] was born,” and then he continued on to attack Blitzer and CNN for focusing on the birther issue:
I’m here to talk — as you said you would — about jobs, China … what’s going on with respect to OPEC and how the nations of OPEC are laughing at the stupidity of our country. That’s what I’m here to talk about. You know that’s what I’m here to talk about, and I thought your introduction was highly inappropriate. But that’s okay because I’ve gotten to know you over the years.
It’s not every day that you see the usually staid Blitzer develop such a fiery personality, but the host grew increasingly impatient with Trump, pressing him on how he can dispute the official birth certificate issued by Hawaii.
“The state of Hawaii says this [birth certificate] is official,” he said to Trump. “Why do you deny that?”
“A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate,” Trump shot back. “Many people do not think it was authentic.” Taking another shot at CNN, Trump added, “And frankly, if you would report it accurately I think you’d get better ratings, which are pretty small.”
When Trump demanded that Blitzer “stop defending Obama,” the host got fiery: “Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.”
Despite this, Trump doubled down even further, claiming that even the 1964 birth announcement in a local Hawaiian paper was questionable: “Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of being so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and I know it.”
A persistent Blitzer continued to press Trump, asking him whether Romney’s rebuking of the birther movement makes him a Democrat or an Obama supporter, to which Trump replied with yet another jab at CNN:
“What I speak to Mitt Romney about is jobs. What I speak to Mitt Romney about is China … What I speak to him about is OPEC. I don’t speak to him about this. You bring it up because you feel it’s probably going to get a few more people watching your station which, unfortunately, they’re not doing.”
When pressed to give names of credible public figures who also doubt the Obama birth certificate, Trump refused to name anyone, saying that “many people do not believe this birth certificate is authentic.”
When the subject turned to George Will‘s comments about Trump being a “bloviating ignoramus,” Trump continued his attack on the conservative commentator, reiterating that he thinks Will is unintelligent and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Check out the fiery segment below, via CNN:
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