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Top House Republican Slams The Donald

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, tells CNN that Donald Trump's supposed presidential candidacy, based on birtherism, is a joke.

Top House Republican Slams The Donald

Serious Republican leaders all over the nation wish somebody would just scoop up and haul away the steaming pile of birtherism in the middle of their 2012 presidential field.

Call it the elephant dung in the room.

On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R.,Va.) told CNN he would not support leading birther/tycoongazillionare Donald Trump for president and believes Trump would not provide the best chance for the party to unseat President Obama.

"I don't think he is really serious when we launch a - see a campaign launched on the birther issue," Cantor said. He was asked about a new CNN poll that showed Trump tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a crowded field of GOP potential candidates.

Trump has aggressively signed on to the discredited birther idea that says Obama was born abroad and is ineligible to serve as president, saying he has employed private detectives to track down proof in Hawaii.

"It's very early on in the political season," Cantor said in trying to explain Trump's appeal. "I think that there are some very weighty issues that we're going to have to tackle. What the American people are going to look for in a candidate for president in 2012 is I think someone who can be honest with the American people and face facts as far as the debt problem is concerned."

Trump, not so much.

See video below. The Trump subject begins at the 5 minute mark.

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