I noted yesterday that The Washington Post had gone full-bore birther concerning Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The article was an OpEd piece by Mary Brigid McManamon, a constitutional law professor at Widener University, rather than by the editors themselves, but subsequent to that OpEd being published, there are no editorial or other OpEd pieces challenging Miss McManamon’s position. Instead, the Post has published two articles, Callum Borchers’ The conservative media’s civil war over Ted Cruz ‘birtherism’ and Chris Cillizza’s How Donald Trump made the birther attack on Ted Cruz stick, both of which attempt to lend credibility to the “birther” attack.
Donald Trump got this started the ball rolling with a statement in an interview that he gave to the Post on January 5th, one which didn’t specifically say that Mr Cruz wasn’t a natural-born citizen, but hinted at it:
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. It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.
I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport.
Yeah, uh huh, right, sure Mr Trump would “hate to see something like that get in his way,” which is why Mr Trump tweeted this:
Sadly, there is no way that Ted Cruz can continue running in the Republican Primary unless he can erase doubt on eligibility. Dems will sue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
Well, such suits would be just as effective as the lawsuits which derailed Barack Hussein Obama’s candidacy. Mr Trump is using this attack to try to derail his closest Republican competitor, and it’s obvious to me — and really, to anybody who pays any attention — that the editors of The Washington Post are happy to go along with the Trump birther attack.¹ Oh, I have no proof that there was any direct collusion between the editors of the Post and Mr Trump, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
And the next birther attack? That will be Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was born in the United States — and thus a citizen under the Fourteenth Amendment — but whose parents were Cuban immigrants, and not American citizens at the time. The most extreme of the birthers claim that to be a natural-born citizen, not only must one be born in the United States, but both of one’s parents must also be citizens.
Senator Cruz is not my preferred candidate, and I have serious concerns about his ability to actually get things done as President were he to win; the other Republicans in Washington
hate his guts don’t like him very much, and, as President, he would have to work with the Republicans in Congress. Nor is Senator Rubio my preferred candidate, though I believe he’d be able to work better with other Republicans in Washington were he to win the election. But one thing is certain: Senators Cruz and Rubio are more real Americans than any Democrat running, and, quite frankly, more real Americans than Donald Trump.
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
¹ – Regrettably, my preferred candidate, Carly Fiorina, didn’t jump on the bandwagon, but at least gave it a nudge when she said that she thought it was “odd” that Senator Cruz waited until 2014 to renounce his dual Canadian citizenship. Unfortunately, Mrs Fiorina’s candidacy has been polling so poorly that she was bumped from the next prime-time Republican debate. I still believe that she would make the best President of all of the candidates running, but she isn’t proving to be the best presidential candidate.