This is by Steve Deace:
If you believe both parents have to be natural born to be qualified to be president, then you actually believe Millard Fillmore was the first president and not George Washington. If you believe both parents have to be natural born to be qualified to be president, then Donald Trump is also ineligible because his mother was born in Scotland and became a naturalized citizen, just like Rafael Cruz.
I’m not here to argue Ted Cruz’s eligibility or ineligibility, it’s just that the passage above was put on Twitter and called “the ultimate birther smackdown.”
Is that the primary issue people have with Ted Cruz’s eligibility, that both parents be a naturalized citizen?
I’m not sure it is, but let’s look at the issue of naturalized parents anyway.
Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005, long after Ted was born. Rafael was given political asylum status in Canada in 1961. That was his status when Ted was born in Calgary, in 1970.
Donald Trump’s mother was naturalized in 1942. She gave birth to Donald Trump in 1946, in NYC.
My apologies to Steve Deace, but I’m not seeing the parallel between Trump and Cruz here.
Trump was born to two U.S. citizens in the U.S.
Cruz was born to one U.S. citizen in Canada.
Where’s the “ultimate smackdown”?