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Donald Trump still thinks Hawaii is lying about Obama's birth certificate

Billionaire Donald Trump at at 2011 Florida Tea Party Rally.
Billionaire Donald Trump at at 2011 Florida Tea Party Rally.
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Donald Trump showed some teeth to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday while defending the discredited claims of "birtherism." 

Trump again questioned the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate, and belabored the birther issue during a phone interview that deteriorated into the men calling each other "ridiculous."

"A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate," said Trump, though he declined to give names of the experts who agreed with him, notes The Situation Room.

Blitzer suggested that Trump was starting "to sound a little ridiculous" in light of the state of Hawaii confirming the president's citizenship.

Trump fired back, "I think you sound ridiculous."

"Did the conspiracy start in 1961 when the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Honolulu advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?," Blitzer asked.

"That's right," said Trump. "And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefits of being so-called born in this country," he continued.

Trump also made remarks about CNN's ratings, and accused the station of covering "birtherism" for their own gain. 

Tuesday's tantrum happened hours before Trump was set to host a Las Vegas fundraiser for Mitt Romney.

Despite courting his support, Mitt Romney has attempted to distance himself from Donald Trump's ongoing claims that President Obama may not have been born in the United States, says Politico.