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Ann Coulter Goes Birther — On Ted Cruz

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Ann Coulter Goes Birther — On Ted Cruz

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Donald Trump is getting some backup in his newest political assault on Ted Cruz, a redeployment of the “birther” mythos, this time aimed at the senator from Texas. Ann Coulter is declaring that Ted Cruz isn’t a “natural born citizen” eligible to run for president. And she’s upping the ante even more, by linking Cruz’s own dubious American citizenship to what she perceives as his weakness on immigration.

The right-wing pundit, who has been selling her anti-immigration book ¡Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, has campaigned actively with Trump, even telling a crowd at one of his rallies that The Donald’s campaign meant, “God hasn’t given up on America yet.” Wednesday morning, she took to Twitter to broadcast the notion that Cruz being an eligible citizen under the Constitution:

Trump brought this nonissue to the fore Tuesday, declaring: “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.”

Cruz was born in the Canadian province of Alberta, to a U.S. citizen mother. His father, Rafael Cruz, was a Cuban exile who at some point became a Canadian citizen, which he eventually renounced in order to swear U.S. citizenship in 2005. In 2014, Cruz the Younger legally renounced his own dual citizenship with Canada — after the very fact of his having it had apparently taken him by surprise.

Despite the fact that Cruz is plainly eligible to run for president, Coulter continued:

And worst of all, she said Cruz is just like an “anchor baby.”

It’s unclear if Coulter is implying that Ted Cruz was an anchor baby for his dad in the United States — or for his mom in Canada.

Photo: Photo: Ann Coulter speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

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  1. Cam Ron January 6, 2016

    She is betting not on who’s parent used Ted as an anchor baby she is betting on a few tweets getting her book mentioned for free. This is what is called an Ad.

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    1. dtgraham January 6, 2016

      I read through your link. I recently tried to argue this with a few others here and was surprised at what I found when I really did some reading on it.

      On the one hand, there has been a kind of consensus over the last 15 years, of constitutional and legal scholars, over the precise meaning of the term natural born citizen. They’re thinking that it now encompasses those born abroad to U.S. citizen parents, but the constitution doesn’t actually define the term and not all legal scholars are in agreement.

      The Supreme Court has never directly addressed the question of a VP or POTUS candidate on the basis of being a natural born citizen. Some experts have suggested that the precise meaning of the clause may never be decided by the courts because it’s a non-justiciable political question that can be decided only by Congress.

      Amazingly, the Donald might actually have a point.

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      1. Otto Greif January 6, 2016

        It is interesting. It might be a good idea to amend the Constitution to clarify it to prevent a future mother-of-all Supreme Court legal sh*tstorm.

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        1. dtgraham January 6, 2016

          Like this year possibly. You never know.

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      2. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

        He doesn’t really have a point, and in fact SCOTUS may not actually have the authority to rule on this at all; it might be a power exclusive to Congress. If John McCain was eligible, then Ted Cruz certainly is.

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        1. FireBaron January 7, 2016

          If we are talking about Otto, he does have a point. It’s on the top of his head. The problem is it is usually concealed by his dunce cap.

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        2. dtgraham January 7, 2016

          McCain’s birth to parents who were U.S. citizens, serving on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, makes him a ‘natural born citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution. It’s completely different for Cruz. I did say that it may eventually come down to Congress. This is not as simple and straightforward as I once thought it was.

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          1. DOC January 7, 2016

            They did say something about his kid

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    2. JPHALL January 6, 2016

      I find it funny that the same furor that erupted on Obama over this issue does not apply to Cruz.

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      1. dtgraham January 6, 2016

        Unbelievable is what it is. The political right sandblasted the media with Obama birtherism for years. They never stopped. Now utter silence for Cruz and, unlike Obama, there isn’t any controversy whatsoever as to where Cruz was born. That political movement and their party have no sense of shame, irony, or embarrassment at all. None!

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      2. FireBaron January 7, 2016

        That’s because when Republicans look at Ted Cruz, they see somebody who looks like he could have grown up next door to themselves. When they look at Barak Obama, they see someone whose family would not have been allowed to buy the house next door to them.

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  2. JRobb January 6, 2016

    ‘Cruz downplays Trump raising concerns over Canadian birth’

    We have seen the fruit of a President who was not born of two American
    Parents in America and grew up and attended elementary school in a
    Foreign Country. He has an obvious conflict of’ allegiance to other
    cultures, religion, language and friends that he grew up with. We see
    that even in children that are born in the US of two US Citizens who do
    not have complete allegiance to America and our Constitution. Maybe the best
    example are Children of College Professors who are in obvious and
    constant rebellion against our Constitution, Language, Religion, Culture
    and Border.

    Cruz claims to
    be a great Patriot, Constitutional Lawyer and a top student in his Law
    Class at Havad. One could make a good argument that Havad is in many
    ways a Foreign Culture. How can a great lover and defender of our
    Constitution make such a pathetic argument that he is Natural Born.

    It is obvious that “Natural Born Citizen” has a different meaning than a
    Naturalized Citizen. As for one Parent qualifying one as a Natural Born
    Citizen, the Constitution also says “or a Citizen at the time of the
    adoption of this Constitution.” Those who advocate anyone born of one or
    two US Citizens in a Foreign Country and raised in several Countries,
    attending Foreign Schools, with many close Childhood Friends from
    several Countries such as the Children of Military, Missionaries and
    Business Employees, tell us the difference that is called out in our
    Constitution.

    And, ask your self, why would Cruz run for
    President when he must know that there is a distinct difference between
    Natural Born Citizen and Citizen at the time of Adoption of this
    Constitution

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    1. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

      Starting Random words With capital Letters doesn’t make Anything you said Accurate.

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    2. FireBaron January 7, 2016

      WTF? Are you going to say anything that does not sound like the inane ramblings of Rush Limbaugh on pain killers?

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    3. Hueight January 7, 2016

      Havad is the language school in Brazil right?

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  3. labman57 January 6, 2016

    It was inevitable — Aryan bigots within the GOP have begun to feed on their own.

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    1. dtgraham January 7, 2016

      If Cruz became a real force in the primaries, you knew this was inevitable.

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      1. FireBaron January 7, 2016

        It’s because he is now within 20 points of THE DONALD in Iowa that he unleashed his rabid attack dog.

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  4. FT66 January 7, 2016

    It is quite easy to understand the term “Natural Born Citizen”. This means the person was born inside that certain country. When a person was not born there and becomes citizen is called: “Naturalised Citizen”, the word “born” is removed away.

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    1. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

      That’s not the currently accepted definition. Anyone that is born with US citizenship is counted as a natural-born citizen, regardless of location or other claimable nationalities – that’s why John McCain and George Romney were eligible to run for President.

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      1. FT66 January 7, 2016

        You are quite behind what happens every now and then Mr. Corrections. Am not going to write anything about George Romney as by then I was quite young and know nothing or rather little about him. But on John McCain, in 2008 a Bill was passed on the Senate floor to declare him a US citizen, as he was born in Panama Canal Zone, while his two parents were US citizens and serving there for the country. This bill cleared the way for John McCain to run as a candidate for president without any objection.

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        1. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

          I mentioned that elsewhere; John McCain’s problem pertained to being born in Panama in a narrow range of years (late 1930s) when his legal status was unclear. This is not the case with any other candidate. Ted Cruz is eligible, as is anyone else born with American citizenship. Birthers of any flavour are incredibly dumb.

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          1. FT66 January 7, 2016

            Mr. Corrections, what I can only say is “bring it on”. Go and nominate Ted Cruz. You will come to remember what we have been blogging now. This is not a threat, mind you. You are obliged to do whatever you like on whatever nominee you want to put forward. Please feel free to do so.

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          2. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

            OK crazypants

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          3. FT66 January 7, 2016

            Call us dumb or whatever name you can come with. What we need is the proof. Contrary to that we are not going to stop here because of name calling. Show us the proof please.

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          4. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

            Thanks, I WILL call you dumb. Birthers of any flavour are inarguably dumb. Also, you already replied to this post – probably you forgot, on account of you’re a birther.

            I hope that helps!

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        2. Gordon January 7, 2016

          It wasn’t quite a “bill;” rather, it was a non-binding Resolution — nothing more than an opinion — that was passed. Curiously, there wasn’t a similar resolution passed regarding Barack Obama because not a SINGLE U. S. Senator at the time doubted that he was a citizen because they all knew that he was born in Hawaii of an American mother.

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          1. FT66 January 7, 2016

            Whatever it was Gordon, the consesus was reached John McCain had to run for president. Backto Pres. Obama, there was no doubt at all about him because there were documents to prove he was born in Hawaii. Regarding Cruz, not a single document has been produced so far to show his mother was was an American thus he is eligible to run. Until and when we see such a thing, we are not going to be silenced to know Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for US president.

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        3. RED January 7, 2016

          No Romney? Because only things and history in yourliving memory count? Explains a good bit about your thought process or lack thereof. Not to mention your complete misunderstanding of a Senate resolution.

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      2. Jinmichigan January 7, 2016

        Were they eligible? Never was challenged in court.

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        1. Mr Corrections January 7, 2016

          Yes they were eligible. No it was never challenged in court, because the court has better things to do with its time.

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    2. RED January 7, 2016

      Hey genius, how about a citizen at birth? Not sure how you determine the word “natural” to have a geographic definition? Or maybe the word born has a geographic definition to you? Perhaps you should take a remedial vocabulary course. It’s pretty clear to people with a brain, either yo were a citizen at “birth,” i.e. natural born, or your were naturalized later, i.e. not natural born. Try again!

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  5. stcroixcarp January 7, 2016

    She should talk about being natural born. She was hatched from a viper egg.

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  6. JRobb January 7, 2016

    The meaning of Natural Born is to obvious for word mechanics to see. People born and raised in America are much more likely to have Allegiance only to America and no Allegiance to any other. John McCain was not born in a the US Territory of the Panama Canal. He was born in a Hospital in Panama in 1936, the Hospital in US Territory was not built until 1941. As for the Allegiance of Congress, Judiciary and last 9 Presidents they have sold America to the Highest Bidder. Most, Law Professors Scholars they hang their hat on “precedence” which is previous decisions by Judges that might or might not have been decided by Patriots but total Traitors. Please, remember when the Constitution was written to protect our Creator given Liberty they had just won our freedom after a couple of decades fighting not only the British King’s and Lord’s but American Torry’s, who were about 1/3 of the people and were Loyal to King George of England.
    Check out http://www.CreatorisLiberty.com which is a Plan to put the Bible and Creation back in our Schools and governments. Liberty all starts with our Creator and the Bible’s Equal and Just Laws. Evolution is a complete Lie and leads to Lawlessness because there is no consequence of Judgment after death by our Just and Merciful Law giving Creator.

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    1. Paul Bass January 7, 2016

      JRobb,
      Take off your tin hat and slowly back away from Fox…

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    2. RED January 7, 2016

      M-O-R-O-N !!!!! Take your American Taliban bible thumping theocratic non-sense and crawl back in to your hole to wait for the apocalypse!! In a hole is where those who are dumb enough to think Iron Age superstitions have any place in the modern world belong.

      Reply
    3. Bob Eddy January 7, 2016

      Perhaps you don’t have the moral strength to act morally without a threat from an imaginary tyrant, but that doesn’t mean others can’t separate right from wrong and act accordingly without being threatened.

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    4. Jinmichigan January 7, 2016

      Someone Robb’d your brain.

      Reply
  7. 5612jean January 7, 2016

    Someone needs to find out what jackal gave birth to fugly platapus and knock them up side the head. The world would be a better place without the likes of Ann Coulter.

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  8. jtxl January 7, 2016

    What is so irritating is that no one is asking for proof- It is not automatic that a child born to an American citizen is an automatic citizen. There is a law that has to do with specific times in her life that his mother was a resident of the United States. If she can’t prove residence, he is not American.-
    Here is a link to the government website- http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-parents
    The U.S. citizen parent had been physically
    present in the U.S. or its territories for a period of at least five
    years at some time in his or her life prior to the birth, of which at
    least two years were after his or her 14th birthday.
    So c’mon ted- show us your mothers proof of residency.

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  9. DOC January 7, 2016

    Cruz don’t take any apples from the blond witch. Remember Snow white.

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  10. Eleanore Whitaker January 9, 2016

    I have a friend in Alberta Canada whose Grandfather was born in Pocahontas West Virginia. He was born in Calgary. He is by the Canadian government a Canadian citizen. That Cruz’s mother was an American has NO bearing on his right to his claim he is an American any more than any other Canadian whose ancestors were born in the US and moved to Canada.

    Another factor is that Cruz had to have been a Canadian citzen since he publicly admitted in 2013 that he “gave up his Canadian citizenship.”

    He is a liar when he says his American born mother makes him a US citizen. That would mean half the population of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are also American citizens just because they have one or more generations of a parent who once lived in the US.

    As for Coulter, Menopause is her real problem. She’s no longer the No. 1 Come Get Me Girl of the GOP and her aging face is proof.

    A

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  11. Erica January 9, 2016

    At least she’s consistent on the birther issue. Equal opportunity offender bimbo

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