It wasn’t that long ago when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace, insisting the Democrat was not born in the United States and demanding he show his birth certificate. (Of course, Trump didn't acquiesce when the document was produced.)
Now, the business mogul is raising a similar question about a different politician. This time around, he is banging the infamous “birther” drum against one of his strongest rivals for the Republican nomination — the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz.
The Texas representative, who is of Cuban heritage, released his birth certificate in 2013 and renounced his Canadian citizenship before announcing his bid for the presidency in 2014. However, now that he has beaten Donald Trump in Iowa and has been on the rise in national polls, his place of birth has become a “very precarious issue” that could potentially harm the Republicans.
“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem,” Trump told The Washington Post when asked about the topic. “It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.”
The former reality TV star might be a bigot and a racist with very disturbing plans, but he is certainly not stupid. While he manipulated the birthers to spring into action and take a stance against Cruz, he did not say himself that the senator is ineligible.
In fact, being the selfless person he is, he suggested that Cruz should ask a judge for a “declaratory judgment” that would put this issue to rest once and for all.
.@SenTedCruz Ted--free legal advice on how to pre-empt the Dems on citizen issue. Go to court now & seek Declaratory Judgment--you will win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2016
Unsurprisingly, after Trump’s not-so-subtle attempts at manipulating the media and Republicans, Cruz’s birthplace suddenly became a topic of interest. In fact, on Wednesday, Arizona Sen. John McCain said he does not know if the Cruz is eligible for the nation's highest office.
Another Republican presidential candidate, Rand Paul, also made similar comments on a different radio show.
“You know, I think without question he is qualified and would make the cut to be prime minister of Canada, absolutely without question, he is qualified and he meets the qualifications,” the Kentucky senator said of Cruz. “You know, I’m not an expert on the natural-born clause in the Constitution and people have various opinions. Some people believe it means you need to be born here, some people think it means you can be born in another country as long as your parents are citizens.”
It appears Trump has once again managed to hit his mark with plotting and scheming.