Within hours of Ted Cruz announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump had gone full birther on him. His argument is patently false, of course, but that’s true of all birther arguments. He thinks it’s as simple as you have to be born in the United States.
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump cast doubt Monday on whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) can run for president, because Cruz was born in Canada.
“It’s a hurdle; somebody could certainly look at it very seriously,” Trump said during a phone interview Monday on My Fox New York.
“He was born in Canada. If you know and when we all studied our history lessons, you are supposed to be born in this country, so I just don’t know how the courts will rule on this.”
If that’s what you studied in your history lessons, you should get your money back from whatever private school you went to. The Constitution says no such thing. It says you have to be a “natural born citizen.” Those born to American citizens overseas are also citizens. And no court is going to rule on this, just like no court ever ruled on Obama’s eligibility. Go ahead and file a suit and see how fast it’s dismissed.
He also claims that Cruz stole his platitude:
Trump claimed he had come up with Cruz’s line about making America great again and questioned whether he should have secured the rights to it ahead of the 2016 campaign.
“The line of ‘Make America great again,’ the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody’s now using it, they are all loving it,” Trump said.
“I don’t know I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it.”
Hey, he can’t repeat my tired, empty cliche! I invented that! Yeah, yeah, yeah. I bet you invented air too.