Trump should get a legal judgment declaring him a natural born citizen

I want to help Donald Trump.  Really, I do.  I see that he's a leading candidate for the GOP nomination (second only to Cruz in Iowa, according to the latest poll), but I am worried about him.  I worry that perhaps he may not be a natural born citizen.  After all, as Ted Cruz pointed out in the last debate, Trump's mother was a naturalized citizen from Scotland.  That means that Trump is not the child of two natural born American parents.

Here's what Article Two of the Constitution says:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.

The problem is that there is no definition of a natural born citizen.  Surely someone born of two natural born American citizens is a natural born citizen, but what about someone like Trump, who is born of only one?

Some may say that since Trump was born in America, that makes him a natural born citizen.  But many scholars say that simply being born in America does not make you an American citizen; that is the argument used to legalize anchor babies.

In fact, the number one opponent of the argument that simply being born in America automatically makes you an American...is Donald Trump.  Donald Trump is opposed to birthright citizenship.  So by Trump's own standard, being born in America, in and of itself, is insufficient to establish that one is a citizen.

Perhaps the founding fathers intended that natural born citizens be born of two natural born citizen parents.  Who is to say?

In any event, I worry for Trump about this.  If Ted Cruz gets the Republican presidential nomination and wants to name Donald Trump as his vice president, Democrats will go after Trump with lawsuits.  Ted Cruz knows this, and that might give him pause in selecting Trump.  Do Trump supporters really want to jeopardize Trump's chances of being vice president?

I would think not.  That's why I think Trump should go to court now and try to clear this up.  Get a declaratory judgment saying he's a natural born citizen.  I mean, I believe he is a natural born citizen – I've had a bunch of my top lawyer friends look into this – but now that he's gained ground in the polls, I think he needs to take a fresh look at this, just to be certain.

But instead of being grateful for Ted Cruz's advise for trying to clear things up, Trump is offended:

Mr. Trump, appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," accused Mr. Cruz of being "inappropriate" in raising questions about whether Mr. Trump's mother's citizenship status — she was born in Scotland — disqualifies him from running for president.

Yes, Trump is very offended that someone would question whether he is constitutionally qualified to be president – when that's all he's been doing for the past two weeks.

Is hypocrisy a "New York value"?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.

I want to help Donald Trump.  Really, I do.  I see that he's a leading candidate for the GOP nomination (second only to Cruz in Iowa, according to the latest poll), but I am worried about him.  I worry that perhaps he may not be a natural born citizen.  After all, as Ted Cruz pointed out in the last debate, Trump's mother was a naturalized citizen from Scotland.  That means that Trump is not the child of two natural born American parents.

Here's what Article Two of the Constitution says:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.

The problem is that there is no definition of a natural born citizen.  Surely someone born of two natural born American citizens is a natural born citizen, but what about someone like Trump, who is born of only one?

Some may say that since Trump was born in America, that makes him a natural born citizen.  But many scholars say that simply being born in America does not make you an American citizen; that is the argument used to legalize anchor babies.

In fact, the number one opponent of the argument that simply being born in America automatically makes you an American...is Donald Trump.  Donald Trump is opposed to birthright citizenship.  So by Trump's own standard, being born in America, in and of itself, is insufficient to establish that one is a citizen.

Perhaps the founding fathers intended that natural born citizens be born of two natural born citizen parents.  Who is to say?

In any event, I worry for Trump about this.  If Ted Cruz gets the Republican presidential nomination and wants to name Donald Trump as his vice president, Democrats will go after Trump with lawsuits.  Ted Cruz knows this, and that might give him pause in selecting Trump.  Do Trump supporters really want to jeopardize Trump's chances of being vice president?

I would think not.  That's why I think Trump should go to court now and try to clear this up.  Get a declaratory judgment saying he's a natural born citizen.  I mean, I believe he is a natural born citizen – I've had a bunch of my top lawyer friends look into this – but now that he's gained ground in the polls, I think he needs to take a fresh look at this, just to be certain.

But instead of being grateful for Ted Cruz's advise for trying to clear things up, Trump is offended:

Mr. Trump, appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," accused Mr. Cruz of being "inappropriate" in raising questions about whether Mr. Trump's mother's citizenship status — she was born in Scotland — disqualifies him from running for president.

Yes, Trump is very offended that someone would question whether he is constitutionally qualified to be president – when that's all he's been doing for the past two weeks.

Is hypocrisy a "New York value"?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.