Trump Called It: ‘Birther’ Lawsuit Targets Cruz Presidential Eligibility

Trump Called It: ‘Birther’ Lawsuit Targets Cruz Presidential Eligibility

Seems Donald Trump was right when he said during the Republican presidential debate Thursday night that Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president would be questioned.

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Sparks flew between Trump and Cruz who up until now had a cordial respect for each other until moderator Neil Cavuto asked Cruz, amid a loud chorus of boos from the audience, to respond to Trump’s assertion that Cruz may not be eligible to be president because he was born in Canada.

“Back in September, my friend Donald said he’d had his lawyers look at this from every which way and there was nothing there, there was nothing to this birther issue,” Cruz, 45, said. “Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have, and I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa.”

According to Cruz, although the Constitution allows citizens born to American parents on foreign soil to become president, some Constitutionalists believe a citizen must both be born on American soil and be born to two parents who were born on American soil, Cruz’s father was born in Cuba.  

Cheryl Chumley, WMD reported that the predictions have finally come to pass – a Texas man has filed a suit against Sen. Ted Cruz, challenging the presidential hopeful’s constitutional right to seek the White House slot, based on citizenship requirements.

The suit specifically asks the court to nail down a definition of “citizen,” in order to interpret the constitutional mandate for all U.S. presidents to be citizens of the United States.

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother, and until mid-2014, held dual citizenship as a Canadian and American. He renounced his Canadian citizenship in June of that year, saying the dual status had come as a surprise to both himself and his parents.

But now, as many political and legal watchers have predicted, Cruz’s birth status has emerged as a major campaign issue.

“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court, Houston attorney Newton Schwartz Sr. said in his court complaint,” Bloomberg Business reported. “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can finally decide, determine judicially and settle this issue now.”

He wrote “time is of the essence,” referring to the fast-approaching Iowa caucuses and March 1 Super Tuesday primary elections, and asked the court to take the case in rapid fashion.

Schwartz, 85, said he’s not directly tied to any campaign, but admits he “probably” supports Sen. Bernie Sanders, the avowed socialist who’s running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic ticket.

Donald Trump, the leading Republican for president in the primary race, raised the issue at Thursday’s GOP debates, saying voters ought to beware picking Cruz because the Democrats were poised to sue on the birther issue.

Trump insisted that Cruz receive a judgment from the courts because it would be bad for Republicans to have the issue hanging over their presidential or vice-presidential nominee.

“There is a big overhang. A big question mark on your head,” Trump told Cruz. “You can’t do that to the party,” as WND reported.

Cruz, in response, denied the issue would prove viable.

“There’s nothing to this birther issue,” he said, during the debate, referring to how Trump himself once recognized that fact. “Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed. But the poll numbers have. I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law are really clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen abroad is a natural born citizen.”

The suit comes as Sen. Marco Rubio, who’s been making waves in polls of late, faces his own eligibility lawsuit in Florida from a man who alleges his birth status makes him unable to seek the White House, as well, as WND reported.

And according to Ballot-Access.org, it was in December 2015 that a Vermont voter sued in state court.

The voter, H. Brooke Paige, claimed the secretary of state had a duty to investigate the qualifications of presidential candidates before putting them on the primary ballot.

And Paige claims neither Cruz nor Rubio is eligible because of their parents’ citizenship status.

The Constitution actually requires a president to be a “natural-born citizen,” a demand imposed by the document on no other federal official.

 

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