Bill O'Reilly dismissed Donald Trump's assertions about Barack Obama's citizenship during an interview on Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor"—and even told Trump that he didn't believe he was honestly questioning Obama's birthplace.
Trump has been causing outrage in many corners—from "The View," where he set Whoopi Goldberg off, to CNN, where anchor Carol Costello called him a "joke"—due to his recent spate of declarations casting doubt on Obama's American birth.
O'Reilly said his show had looked into the claims about Obama's birth certificate. Once they found the two Honolulu newspapers which announced his birth, he said he "put [the issue] to bed," since "that is impossible to make happen" if Obama was not born in a Honolulu hospital. O'Reilly labeled Obama's mother a "hippie," and scoffed at the notion that there was a "sophisticated conspiracy" to smuggle Obama into the U.S. and forge his identity.
"What is he, baby Jesus?" he joked. Trump said that he remained convinced that there was something fishy going on. "People have birth certificates," he said. "He doesn't have one." He then repeated the speculation that had so angered Whoopi Goldberg—that something on the birth certificate must be so radioactive that Obama is covering it up. "Maybe it says he's a Muslim, I don't know," Trump said. "...If he wasn't born in this country, it's one of the great scams of this time."
O'Reilly finally said he didn't believe that Trump was serious in his skepticism. "It's provocative, I think it gets a lot of attention, but I don't think you believe it," he said.
Watch (jump to 2:23 for birther discussion):