Donald Trump Says Ted Cruz 'Was a Canadian Citizen Up Until 15 Months Ago' After Lawsuits Have Been Filed Doubting His Eligibility
"Ted Cruz was born in Canada and was a Canadian citizen until 15 months ago. Lawsuits have just been filed with more to follow. I told you so," Trump tweeted
Donald Trump, never one to mince words, is saying, “I told you so” on Saturday after news broke that a Texas lawyer was challenging Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president, on the grounds of his Canadian birth.
“Ted Cruz was born in Canada and was a Canadian citizen until 15 months ago. Lawsuits have just been filed with more to follow. I told you so,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
That kicked off a string of seven Cruz-centric messages, including references to a New York Times report that Cruz, 45, forgot to disclose a Goldman Sachs loan while he was running for the Senate in 2012.
Trump, 69, in an echo of his earlier, vocal support for the “birther” movement which questioned President Barack Obama’s American citizenship, has repeatedly raised questions about Cruz’s presidential eligibility under the Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” stipulation – given Cruz’s birth, in Calgary, to an American mother.
On Thursday, Houston lawyer Newton Schwartz asked in a 28-page complaint that the Supreme Court to weigh in, according to NBC News.
Both candidates bandied the issue during Thursday’s Republican debate.
“Back in September, my friend Donald said he’d had his lawyers look at this from every which way and there was nothing there, there was nothing to this birther issue,” Cruz, said during the debate (and the majority of legal scholarly opinion agrees, according to PolitiFact).
“Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Cruz said, “but the poll numbers have, and I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa.”