- Trump is right, Cruz's status as a "natural born citizen" is in question. Actually its not in question, Cruz is not constitutionally qualified to be president. More on that latter.
- Trump is right to point out that should Cruz win the nomination and general election there would likely be a drawn out court battle over eligibility.
- Ted Cruz as a candidate or how good of a job he would do if in office is not the issue.
Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born in Calgary in 1970, but his father had been born in Cuba. Legal scholars say it is likely Cruz would pass the U.S. Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” litmus test if the issue ever landed him in court.
The Texas senator, who was born in Alberta, Canada, also renounced his dual citizenship on May 14, 2014, and released his birth certificate
The strict definition of the term "natural born citizen" as it was applied in the 1700's was a person who was born the child of two citizen parents, born on the soil of his native land. There is some debate as to the status of a person, who had two citizen parents, but was born outside of the United States. However, in the case of John McCain, the US Senate has held that two citizen parents whose child was born on a United States military station is in fact a "natural born citizen".
Ted Cruz did not have two citizen parents. Cruz's mother was a US citizen living in Canada when he was born. Ted Cruz's father was a Citizen of Cuba until 2005. Ted Cruz himself held dual citizenship from 1970 until 2014.
I'm not faulting Cruz for maintaining his dual status. In today's world having more than one passport and more than one place you can legally call home, makes good sense. I understand doing it. If I was to guess, Cruz might legally be permitted to domicile in three countries, the US, Canada and Cuba. Individually those three passports would allow him access to almost every country on the planet and allow him to pass himself off as a person friendly to his host country. I get it. Good for Cruz.
Ted Cruz maintained his "right of return" to Canada as a citizen of that country until just over a year ago. For 44 years of his life Cruz maintained Canadian citizenship. Legally, Cruz has had one foot in each country his entire life. This isn't hard to do because Canada, like most civilized nations, doesn't require its expatriates to pay income tax on money earned outside of the national boarders.
What happened to cause Cruz to decide to become solely a citizen of the United States? Oh yeah! I remember. A little over a year ago somebody decided that a mostly conservative Hispanic looking Republican might be able to gain a plurality of the white and Hispanic vote and get himself elected president. Somebody thought that Ted Cruz might be that guy. More importantly Ted thought he might be that guy.
Somebody decided (correctly) that Cruz couldn't be a "dual citizen" and a "natural born citizen" so they talked him into sacrificing his Canadian passport. He did. That was dumb, but he did it.
It pains me to type this, but Ted Cruz is less constitutionally qualified to be President of the United States than Obummer, who is absolutely unqualified for the office.
Which brings us to Mr. Trump's second point that should Cruz win against Hillary there will be a major court case. Absolutely! That is exactly what will happen. The mass media slander of the "birthers" against Obummer, wasn't a matter of constitutional principle. It was the circling of leftist wagons to protect one of their own.
The Democrats would never be so hypocritical to deny a Republican the Whitehouse over a birth certificate, you say. Nonsense! While I'm sure its only a draft copy right now, Hilary's legal minions have, no doubt, all ready written the rough copy of a brief for an emergency injunction. The Clinton's are nothing if not keenly prepared for political possibilities. Should Cruz win the nomination and look like he is about to cover the spread in the electoral college, there will be war over his eligibility.
You don't have to like Trump. He's not my favorite. You might think Cruz would do a good job in office. He might. It's not about any of that. Hilary will do what's best for Hilary. Cruz doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. The Lizard Queen will let him play along for now. For Hillary, any Republican other than Trump is something to be savored, not feared. For now its in her best interest to set back and wait and see how the GOP will self destruct. Which is what's going to happen. For now.