Diary

Donald Trump is a birther only when convenient

In 2011, Donald Trump thrust himself into the national spotlight when he questioned the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. According to Trump, had Obama been born in Kenya rather than Hawaii, he would have been rendered ineligible for the presidency.

Barack Obama’s mother was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth. His father resided in the U.S. but was not a citizen.

Earlier this year in March, Trump questioned the presidential eligibility of [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]. Cruz is open about the fact that he was born in Canada.

Just like Obama, Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen, and his father had resided in the U.S. before moving the family to Canada.

The point of this article is not to get deep into eligibility issues. The First Congress defined natural-born citizenship so we know what specifically the Constitution was referring to. Cruz is eligible to be president. Obama, even if he had been born in Kenya, is eligible.

The point of this article is to point out yet another example of hypocrisy on the part of Donald Trump.

If Trump were sincere about his position on presidential eligibility, he would have continued his attack on [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] with great fervor. Instead, he dropped it and has since huddled close with Cruz.

Right now, Trump is trumpeting his positions on immigration and trade just as loudly as he bellowed about Obama’s alleged ineligibility.

If Trump is willing to drop the birther issue like a stone out of political convenience, why on earth would anyone trust him on immigration and trade?

I would remind prospective Trump supporters that just three years ago, Trump attacked Mitt Romney’s immigration plan as “mean-spirited” and a losing position for the GOP.

Today, Trump has embraced a plan that Romney wouldn’t have dared touch, and he claims he will win the Hispanic vote. A total and complete reversal.

I’ll conclude this article with the immortal words of George W. Bush: