Over the last few days, a new group of birthers has started to harass me — and most of them are Trump supporters. The target of these new birthers? Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas.
These people tell me that Cruz is ineligible to be president because he’s supposedly not a “natural born citizen.” When I then ask these folks why that is, they point to the Constitution, which says only a “natural born citizen” can become president.
Great. However, that doesn’t actually answer my question. The Constitution states that only a “natural born citizen” can become president, but doesn’t actually explain what that is exactly.
However, the founding fathers did explain what they meant by it, and there are several statutes that explain it further. The point being: a natural born citizen is anyone born of an American parent, providing that the parent spent a certain amount of years in the United States as an adult.
Ted Cruz’s mother has lived in the U.S. for most of her life — both before and after Ted was born. As such, Ted is a natural born citizen, even though his mother gave birth in Canada.
Don’t believe me? Just listen to this audio clip from Mark Levin.
So, dear Trumpkins, put it to rest. Yes, Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. He is just as much a natural born citizen as Ronald Reagan was. And John McCain. And Barry Goldwater.
Oh, and Donald Trump.
Disclosure: Michael van der Galien co-founded Ted Cruz 45.