Real estate mogul Donald Trump pushed his birther views Thursday in a tweet about the death of Loretta Fuddy, the state Health Director of Hawaii who authorized the release of President Barack Obama's birth certificate in 2011.
Fuddy was the sole fatality in the crash of a small plane carrying nine people on Wednesday. The Makani Kai Air plane she was on crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Trump tweeted about the crash on Thursday:
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
Trump has long doubted the validity of Obama's birth certificate. His persistance on the issue has even prompted Obama to crack a joke, saying "no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald" during the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner.