So says CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, Major Garrett. Backstage before a rally Tuesday night (Jan. 5) Trump said that legal challenges to Cruz’ eligibility by Democrats could tie him up in court for years. Trump:
People are worried that if he weren’t born in this country which he wasn’t, he was born in Canada, the problem is that if the Democrats put in a lawsuit, the lawsuit could take years to resolve. How do you have a candidate where there’s something over the head of the party and that individual?
Anyone familiar with the 226 Obama eligibility lawsuits, which did go on for years, could observe that such things are negligible. Cruz in reply Tweeted his response by embedding a video of Fonzie jumping the shark in the TV series Happy Days.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 5, 2016
This latest by Trump may spark another round of Cruz eligibility attention by the Media. NBC responded with an article titled “Is Ted Cruz a Natural Born Citizen? Ask the Founders.” The article sports photos of Chester Arthur, and Barry Goldwater.
Trump has repeated similar statements to the Washington Post and one with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. See links following for details. The Washington Post writes exactly how I look at this ploy:
Trump knows, of course, that the very insinuation that Cruz, who has passed Trump in Iowa polling, might be a risky nominee will raise doubts for some Republicans who were moving the Texas senator’s way. Trump benefits from the insinuation without having to own it in any meaningful way.
Oh no! John McCain goes birther! On the Chris Merrill Show, reports the Washington Post:
“I don’t know the answer to that,” McCain said on the “Chris Merrill Show” on Wednesday. “I know it came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone, which is a territory. Barry Goldwater was born in Arizona when it was a territory when he ran in 1964.”
- Donald Trump Goes ‘Birther’ on Ted Cruz – NPR
- Donald Trump’s brilliant Ted Cruz birther strategy – Washington Post
- Trump goes birther on Cruz – Fox News
- ‘Ironic’ If Ted Cruz Nominated After Obama Birther Debate, White House Says – ABC News
- Birther schadenfreude? White House mocks Cruz birthplace controversy – USA Today
- John McCain’s cold-blooded revenge on Ted Cruz – Washington Post