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RNC Chair Reince Priebus Validates Birther Donald Trump’s Candidacy With Introductory Phone Call

RNC Chair Reince Priebus Validates Birther Donald Trump’s Candidacy With Introductory Phone Call

Real estate mogul and confirmed birther Donald Trump received an “introductory” phone call from Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus Thursday, the same day Trump announced he was sending investigators to Hawaii to research President Obama’s birth. Just a day before, a new poll showed Trump running in a statistical dead-heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), also a presidential candidate, and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly have denounced Trump’s birther conspiracy. But with Priebus’ call, the RNC appears willing and ready to embrace a Trump candidacy. Politico reports:

Nonetheless, the call is validation of Trump’s role on the national scene and his draw for the GOP right now, at a time when many Republicans are bemoaning their choices for 2012 and looking for something fresh.

Trump’s birther strategy, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. He is scheduled to meet this morning with Tea Party leaders and Arizona state Rep. Carl Seel (R) to discuss the state’s birther bill, which would require presidential candidates to prove they are natural born citizens.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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written by Travis Waldron, a ThinkProgress blogger

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1:35AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thank you.

1:34AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thank you.

12:25PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Claire M. you are right on specially on the "sad" part that people voted for Arnold and Reagan; people will vote for someone that they watched on TV vs someone that makes sense and has a credible track record not several banckrupcies

9:41PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Doesn't anyone believe in honesty and integrity anymore? If there really is no cover up concerning Obama's birth certificate, then why doesn't he just have the hospital of his birth, issue another copy and make it public? Just do the honorable thing and be done with it. Continuing to hide and cover up the real truth is only adding to him and his followers charges of conspiracy to commit fraud. If you truly have nothing to hide then be forthcoming about who you really are and what your doing in your position.

5:22AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

No wonder the rest of the world wonders what has happened to this country. To think that this blowhard, ego-maniac would even have his name mentioned as a possible candidate is a joke - much less receive welcome calls from the RNC!
I thought we had grown up a bit by electing the first black man as our president and so did the rest of the world. However, if there are still enough low-information people in this country to think this would be a good idea, makes me wonder.

5:16PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

His actions and vile attempts to prove Obama not an American - just because he was born in Hawaii - proves him a bigot and culturist.

And since he is hand in glove with the Tea Party, he proves himself no better than Sarah Palin,.

And since he has gone bankrupt twice, I would not trust him with the nation's money.

4:22PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

This is like Mo giving Curly permission to paint the house. Eheu fugaces!

8:24AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I personally think this man is a joke. That includes his TV show. But Katherine as far as being a "natural citizen" McCain was not born in the US. He was born on a military base which is not US soil. But his parents, as well as Obamas mother were US citizens which makes him a citizen of the US.

3:18AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Donald Trump is a joke, and just as dillusional is anyone who think he could be a serious contender as a presidential candidate. Before I glibly mention Sara Palin as a running mate, but the way this is going I think im changing that idea in favor of agary Busey. The only thing that surprised me was Bill O'Reilly's comment. I think this whole stupid thing is pushing him over the edge!

5:31PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Donald Trump would be my choice for a gop presidential candidate..... That might be because I'm not republican.

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