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Mental note to The Donald: You probably want to double check your own birth certificate before making Obama’s citizenship a campaign issue.
Possible GOP candidate Donald Trump recently joined the ranks of the birthers who question President Obama's legitimacy by challenging his birth on U.S. soil.
Yesterday, Trump looked to cast further doubt upon the President by releasing his own birth certificate to Newsmax, saying "It took me one hour to get my birth certificate. It’s inconceivable that, after four years of questioning, the president still hasn’t produced his birth certificate."
Not so fast. Today, Politico reported the document Trump produced was in fact a certificate of birth issued by the hospital, not an official government-issued birth certificate, which comes via The Department of Health in New York State in the case of Trump. Or in other words, no more or less legitimate than Obama's Certificate of Live Birth questioned by birthers.
Politico's Ben Smith joked, "Trump's mother, it should be noted, was born in Scotland, which is not part of the United States. His plane is registered in the Bahamas, also a foreign country. This fact pattern — along with the wave of new questions surrounding what he claims is a birth certificate — raises serious doubts about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States."
After learning of his mistake, Trump provided a copy of his official birth certificate to ABC News.