Donald Trump called into CNN Tuesday hours before he was scheduled to hold a fundraiser with Mitt Romney. The topic of Trump’s continued birtherism was the focus of the testy interview. From a rush transcript:
BLITZER: Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.
TRUMP: You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you’d ask me a question and let me answer it.
BLITZER: Here’s the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?
TRUMP: Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting 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.