Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is raising questions about the eligibility of his GOP rival Ted Cruz. Trump is apparently concerned about the Canadian birth of the Texas senator, describing it as a delicate problem.
According to USA Today, Trump said that Republican voters need to think twice before they go ahead and cast their ballots in favor of Cruz. He added that Cruz would face challenges serving as president, given that he was not born in the United States, but in Canada instead.
Trump highlighted that Republicans will have to ask themselves if they want a candidate who is likely to be tied up for two years in court. He said it would be a very significant issue. “It would be dangerous one for Republicans because he would be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You do not want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head,” Donald Trump said.
As the interview progressed, he added that he would hate to see such a thing happen to Cruz, but he noted that the issue is now in the public domain and a lot people are already talking about it.
The Constitution of U.S. requires that the president should be a United States citizen by birth, CNN reported.
Cruz, who is a Canadian by birth, has said that he is eligible to run for the United States presidency because his American mother made him a citizen upon his birth. Cruz’s father was born in Cuba and since his election in 2012 to the U.S. Senate, he has released his birth certificate and renounced his Canadian citizenship.
According to WhoTv, Cruz responded to the real estate morgue via Twitter with a link to the iconic TV character Fonzie, who is shown jumping over a shark in the Happy Days TV show. Following the event, in while talking with reporters, Cruz said he was not going to elaborate any further. “I think I will let my response stick with that tweet,” he said. “Because the best way to respond to this kind of attack is to laugh it off.” In the entertainment world, that scene from Happy Days is known as ‘Jumping the Shark’ and is a term used when something is played out and has no where else to go. It typically signifies the cancellation of a television show is looming.
Donald Trump rose to top of right-wing political circles in 2011 when he famously questioned President Obama’s citizenship arguing that he was not born in Hawaii. His recent comments come as Cruz passed him in polls in Iowa.
By Pater Greenman