[caption id="attachment_273134" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hurls obscenities at random people to energize his followers. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert; caption by me)[/caption]
Okay. I admit it. I am not funny enough to come up with that line. I stole it.
So Trump was right, it would be Democrats to do it. https://t.co/j2kbRGHMZu
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 12, 2016
If you aren't following this guy on Twitter you are missing some fun.
On to our story.
Donald Trump supporters have filed a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of one of his primary rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to run for president.
The lawsuit, filed Feb. 3 at a district court in Alabama, seeks a judgment “declaring that Rafael Edward Cruz is ineligible to qualify/run/seek and be elected to the Office of the President of the United States of America” due to his Canadian birth.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother.
The five plaintiffs — Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker — are all backing Trump in the Republican primary, according to AL.com.
The lawsuit cites Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, which rules that “no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president.”
Under that clause, the plaintiffs claim, “Cruz is not a ‘natural born’ citizen of the United States of America."
“Plaintiffs allege that at the time of Mr. Cruz’s birth, the United States could not confer citizenship upon him under any law or legal theory that exists,” the lawsuit states.
"'Natural-born’ means native born within the United States or its dominions/territories,” it continues. “Canada is not a territory of the United States.”
I'm not going to get into the legal part of this argument beyond saying that John McCain and George Romney and, maybe, Chester A. Arthur, all had the same problem. Ultimately, this is a political issue and I would expect that the suit will be tossed for lack of standing. Quite honestly, if the House of Representatives certifies the election of President Cruz then he is a natural born citizen.
What is illustrative here is that Trump was really right. The Democrats in this race would file this lawsuit and they have. And they still threaten to.
If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016