Donald Trump has done it twice before. He’s hoping the third time is a charm.
Trump questioned Obama’s eligibility to be president and demanded that Obama release his birth certificate when he was running for re-election.
Recently Trump launched the same attack on Ted Cruz. Despite Cruz’s mother being an American citizen at the time of his birth, Trump tried to cast doubt on his eligibility and even threatened to sue Cruz over the issue.
Now Trump has another candidate in his sights, Marco Rubio. According to Politico, Trump retweeted a tweet that had called Rubio’s eligibility into question. Rubio was born in Florida. There is no question as to his eligibility.
When questioned about propagating the Rubio birther claim, Trump tried to distance himself. “I think the lawyers have to determine that – and not – it was a retweet, no so much with Marco. I’m not really that familiar with Marco’s circumstance,” Trump said.
While Cruz and Rubio are eligible to become president as deemed by the Constitution, Trump is hoping to cast doubts just long enough to seal the nomination in favor of himself.
When asked about Trump’s tactics, Rubio responded. “Look, this is a pattern. This is a game he plays. He says something that’s edgy and outrageous and then the media flocks and covers that and then no one else can get any coverage on anything else. And that worked when there were 15 people running for president. It’s not going to work anymore.”
“I’m going to spend zero time on his interpretation of the Constitution with regards to eligibility,” Rubio said.