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Earnest helps Trump

Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, says: “It would be quite ironic if after 7 or 8 years of drama around the president’s birth certificate if Republican primary voters were to choose Senator Cruz as their nominee, somebody who actually wasn’t born in the United States and only 15 months ago renounced his Canadian citizenship.”

And Rand Paul says: “It is interesting, and I think sometimes people point out that it’s a double standard, in the sense that people went out, hot and heavy, including Donald Trump you know, about President Obama when there was really nothing more than conjecture that he wasn’t born in the country. And yet, there hasn’t been really the same outrage at all for someone who actually is born in another country.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Ay jam a rayfujee frome El Canada!


    January 7, 2016 at 12:31 am

  2. Well, Obama didn’t do much to allay any concerns about his birth status. He basically gave the finger to any questions. Another of his ways to show us who really has the power.

    If he had been a full fledged Kenyan citizen, no court would have entertained a filing; the congressional Republicans would have mounted their usual gelded challenge. John McCain would have recommended everyone vote Obama! to signal proper status. Obama’s new found cred as an illegal candidate would have sent his poll numbers soaring.

    Hillary Clinton wasn’t much of a New York resident when she ran for dog catcher, er, I mean senator.


    January 7, 2016 at 12:43 am

  3. Is this a sign that the Democrats want Trump to win the nomination because they think he is easiest to beat?


    January 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • Or… more Machiavellian… Obama wants Trump to get the nomination because he thinks Trump can beat Shrillary?


      January 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

      • Neither. They just can’t resist pointing out an instance of hypocrisy from their enemies. It makes them feel good inside for a couple days.

        Andrew E.

        January 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  4. Not that it mattered, but McCain was born in Panama.
    Albeit, to a father & mother who were on military deployment.

    Half Canadian

    January 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  5. Polls have shown that a lot of Trump voters are unrepentant birthers. Despite all evidence, they still believe strongly that Obama was born outside the US.

    Considering that even if Obama WAS born outside the US he would have still be eligible to run for president thanks to his American mother, a lot of Trump voters clearly have a rather loose grasp on the constitution and US citizenship law. Raising questions about Cruz’ eligibility is thus a brilliant move on the part of Trump. All he needs to do is sow doubt in the minds of any voters who might be torn between Trump and Cruz. If Cruz suddenly looks “risky” (which is how Trump has been framing the issue) Trump becomes a safer bet.

    It’s very cynical, and it doesn’t show a lot of respect for the intelligence of his own base, but that’s politics for you.


    January 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    • Obama’s mother was unable to pass citizenship to her children (the law at the time Obama was born prevented extremely young tarts that got knocked up by foreigners from the class of people entitled to pass citizenship on to their kids automatically). So you are wrong about that. Obama’s only claim to US Citizenship rests on him being born in the US. If he was born in Kenya, he is not a US Citizen and not only isn’t eligible for the Presidency, but should actually be deported as well.

      Cruz by contrast, was a US Citizen by birth on account of his mother. The only controversy with Cruz is whether being “born American” is the same as “Natural Born”. Some scholars argue that people like Cruz, Goldwater, the Elder Romney, and John McCain shouldn’t have been allowed to run because of their birth outside of the United States Proper.


      January 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      • Can you cite this alleged law that existed at the time of Obama’s birth? Or how about any non-Obama examples of it affecting someone’s citizenship?


        January 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

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