In what is becoming an election tradition, another top candidate is being questioned about whether or not he is eligible to be president of the United States. The “birther” tradition started when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump accused Obama of not being a natural born citizen of the United States during Obama’s run to the presidency.
They say that an old dog can’t learn new tricks, and in this case Trump is sticking to an old strategy that he tried once before. This time around, the democrats are all too happy to jump in on the attack.
Seeing Ted Cruz rise in the polls has caught the attention of Trump. As Cruz is the only major threat to Trump’s nomination at the moment, he turned his attention to the fact that Cruz was born in Canada.
Cruz, a constitutionalist who has argued cases before the Supreme Court dismissed the issue. “The Constitution and laws of the United States are straightforward. The very first Congress defined the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad as a natural born citizen. And many of the members of the first Congress were framers at the constitutional convention. At the end of the day this is a non-issue.”
Despite it being a non-issue and a rehashing of old tactics, the White House couldn’t help but jump in to exact some revenge on the Republican party for daring to question Obama during his ascension to the presidency.
According to Breitbart, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked if Obama is enjoying the “birther” spectacle now being carried out against a leading Republican candidate. “I don’t know if he does, but I sure do,” Earnest said. “It would be quite ironic if after 7 or 8 years of drama around the president’s birth certificate if Republican primary voters were to choose Senator Cruz as their nominee. Somebody who actually wasn’t born in the United States and only 15 months ago renounced his Canadian citizenship.”
Earnest failed to mention that Cruz is by law a natural born citizen of the United States or that Hillary Clinton was the original “birther”, not the Republican party.