Trump: 'Not sure' if Rubio is eligible to be president
Donald Trump told ABC's This Week that he's not sure if Marco Rubio is eligibile to be president.
Trump on Saturday retweeted a follower who said the Florida senator, who was born in Florida to Cuban parents, is not eligible to run for higher office.
“I think the lawyers have to determine it,” Trump said on ABC’s “This Week,” when asked if he believed the tweet. “It was a retweet. Not so much with Marco, I’m not really that familiar with Marco’s circumstance.”
When pressed on why he retweeted the claim if he wasn’t sure about it, Trump said he was trying to “start dialogue” about the issue.
Uh, because I’m not sure,” he said. “I mean, let people make their own determination.”
“Somebody said he’s not, and I retweeted it,” he added. “I have 14 million people between Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, and I retweet things and we start dialogue and it’s very interesting.”
Trump has also questioned the eligibility of primary rival Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother.
The question of Rubio's eligibility is an internet meme, not a serious subject. While some reject the notion that anyone born in the U.S. is a "natural born citizen," the courts have clearly said otherwise.
I will try not to make this a long post because frankly there really is not much to debate. SenatorMarco Rubio is eligible to be our president. He was born in the United States, and therefore he is a ‘natural born’ citizen by every legal interpretation I’ve come across. Rubio is Trump’s latest target in the ‘birther’ saga that just won’t end. On Saturday, the Republican front runner retweeted a message which said: “Mr. Trump. BOTH Cruz AND Rubio are ineligible to be POTUS! It’s a SLAM DUNK CASE!!”
Um, no, it’s actually not a slam dunk case. In fact, when I reached out to my usual Constitutional legal experts to ask about Rubio — even those that think Cruz’s eligibility is debatable — most of them were too flabbergasted by the statement’s ridiculousness to give me a serious response.
Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California- Irvine School of Law, was kind enough to provide a quote.
“The claim is meritless. I’m unaware of any serious scholar or court suggesting that someone born on U.S. soil is not a natural-born citizen if his parents were not citizens at the time,” Hasen told LawNewz.com. Hasen runs the popular electionlawblawg.com.
This won't convince Trump supporters who are ignorant of the Constitution and the law. But it should convince any reasonable voter that Trump is blowing smoke out of his arse. He's throwing crap against the wall to see if anything sticks.
Put Trump in front of a camera, and he's willing to make the most ridiculous claims, including the repeating of bogus email stories and out-and-out lies. But he really feels our anger, so I guess he should be the next president.