Donald Trump suggested in an interview that Ted Cruz’s ability to run for the GOP nomination is in jeopardy because he has a crippling weakness. Trump maintains that, not being born in the United States, Cruz could be “tied up” in the court for at least two years and that this is a “big problem”.
Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. Legal consensus has it that Cruz is an American citizen through and through. Yet Trump is determined to make Cruz’s citizenship an issue. Cruz says he is determined to “laugh it off and move on to the issues that matter.”
The remarks came as the race for the Iowa primary heats up. Cruz is leading the polls, threatening Trump’s number 1 position. The first delegate selection contest will be held on 1 Feb.
This is not the first time Trump has drummed up similar concerns. In 2011 he raised questions about the birth of current US President Barack Obama. Obama hushed the whispers by producing his birth certificate from Hawaii.