Supporters of Ted Cruz’ much rumored run for the presidency in 2016 who are also “birthers”—people who think that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and therefore not eligible to be President, have a conundrum on their hands: Ted Cruz was not born in the United States. He was born in Canada, to a Cuban father and an American mother.
Cruz, a Tea Party darling, has supporters who are among the most likely Americans to believe that Obama was born in Kenya. None of them, as far as I know (sorry, not up on the latest birther theories), deny that Obama’s mother was American. Therefore, Cruz would have the exact same eligibility problem. The Texas Tribune sought out just such a person, and the explanation she gave for supporting Ted Cruz for president, but not Barack Obama (due to a false belief he was born outside the U.S.), is the best Tea Party quote since “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.”
“Well,” starts Cruz supporter Christina Katok, visibly searching for an explanation, “as far as I’m concerned, Canada’s not really foreign soil.”
Read that sentence one more time. We all tilt our beliefs toward our political preferences. It’s human nature. But this is…what? Katok laughs as she says it, because she knows that’s totally absurd. Canada is a different country from the U.S. Different laws, politicians, it’s a different piece of land on the map.
Two points here: first, maybe birthers can start to admit that the whole birther thing isn’t really about where Obama was born, and it’s just that you don’t like him?
Second, would Katok have said the same thing if Cruz was from Mexico?