Iowa: Trump Comes in Second Overall, First Among Natural Born Citizen Candidates

Congratulations to Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz for winning the GOP Iowa Caucuses, despite not being an Article II “natural born citizen.”

Not an Article II Natural Born Citizen

Please Cruzers, don’t launch a barrage of vicious tweets, Facebook posts and comments in my direction, as you have in the past. As I told you on last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, I am a great admirer of Sen. Cruz, a brilliant, articulate, courageous and passionate conservative. If it weren’t for my view that he is ineligible, a view that is not shared by every knowledgeable legal analyst who has considered it, I would be an enthusiastic supporter.

Last night when Sen. Cruz was making his victory speech, which went on way too long for my taste–note to Sen. Cruz–better to leave them wanting more, rather than looking at their watches, thinking “is this gasbag ever going to stop talking?”–he went over to his mother to thank her for her unconditional love. Touching, but all I could think was “Lady, unconditional love is great, but would have been so bad to manage to get across the border so your son could be born on American soil?”

Here’s the thing, though, as I also said on last week’s show: obviously, the issue of Article II doesn’t matter to the vast majority of voters. I would be surprised if the average voter would even understand what I was talking about if I brought it up. In all the Iowa coverage I have been watching over the last 24 hours, I heard the issue mentioned only once, in the context of how Donald Trump’s bringing it up made no difference. Even more comforting for you Cruz supporters, rest assured that no court or administrative agency is going to touch this issue, so your man is golden. Crazy Rep. Alan Grayson can file all the lawsuits he want. Courts view this issue as a “political question;” therefore, if the people don’t know or care what the Founders put in the Constitution about the qualifications to be President of the United States, they aren’t going to interfere.

Ironically, the current occupant of the Oval Office is the walking embodiment of the very good reasons that the “natural born citizen” requirement is in Article II. The very fact that he was allowed to take the oath of office not once but twice shows that Cruz supporters have nothing to fear from people like me expressing a view about the Constitution that they find abhorrent.

It would be refreshing if people didn’t decide that Sen. Cruz is eligible simply because they support him, but I know that’s way too much to ask.


  1. @TxTemplar Wait–my reasoning? I say that Ted Cruz is NOT an Article II “natural born citizen” not only because he was not born on American soil, but also because his parents were not citizens at the time of his birth (and you really need to listen to The Teri O’Brien Show and visit here more often). I have written extensively on this Article II issue over the last 6 years. I also oppose so-called “birthright citizenship” which would have had the drafters of the 14th Amendment howling with laughter.

  2. Trump won, since Cruz is not qualified.

    The 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution as part of the post Civil War reforms aimed at addressing injustices to African Americans. It states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States” and was crafted so that state governments could never deny citizenship to anyone born in the United States. However, when the amendment was crafted, the United States had no immigration policy, and thus the authors saw no need to state explicitly, what they believed was understood. The phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was intended to exclude from automatic citizenship American-born persons whose allegiance to the United States was not complete. In the case of illegal aliens who are temporarily or unlawfully in the United States, because their native country has a claim of allegiance to the child, the completeness of the allegiance to the United States is impaired and logically precludes automatic citizenship.
    Ann Coulter also addressed it in “Adios America”.

  3. Yes, Randy, you are absolutely correct about the 14th Amendment, and of course, that is why the notion of “birthright citizenship” for the children of illegals is ridiculous. The Article II issue is separate. I don’t dispute that Ted Cruz is an American citizen; however, I believe the term “natural born citizen” as used in Article II is a legal term of art which the Founders intended to mean a person born on American soil to 2 American citizens. He’s not an Art II NBC in my opinion. Neither is Rubio. That said, as I have repeated endlessly, people supporting either of those candidates should refrain from going into orbit whenever I state this opinion because no court is going to touch the issue. The very fact that B. Hussein Obama, the walking, talking embodiment of the reason the Founders put the NBC requirement in the Constitution, was allowed to be sworn into office proves that sad fact.

  4. Teri is a lawyer and so is Ann Coulter, who clerked at the Supreme Court. Both agree that Anchor Babies are a myth, created by Liberals to add to their voter base. Cruz and Rubio are not qualified. Kenya has renounced Obama being born their. They could not handle the disgrace. Hawaii deserves the credit.

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