The GOP infighting has apparently already begun as one likely presidential candidate took aim at the first official hopeful on the same day he announced his candidacy. Donald Trump, who made headlines for his skepticism of Barack Obama’s purported birth certificate, stated similar concerns over Ted Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president.
Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, has faced allegations that he does not meet the constitutional requirements to become the nation’s commander in chief. He has repeatedly claimed he is eligible, however; and, as Western Journalism reported this week, even left-leaning media outlets acknowledge he meets the necessary citizenship threshold.
For Trump, though, the evidence is not entirely convincing.
“It’s a hurdle,” he said of the Texas senator’s birth; “somebody could certainly look at it.”
Trump’s early attack on the Tea Party favorite was tempered by his admission that Cruz is a talented politician.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how Ted does,” he acknowledged. “I know him very well; he’s a smart guy and could do pretty well. It’s not going to [be] easy for anybody. It’s going to be a competitive field.”
Any praise he might have for Cruz, however, is offset by his ostensible constitutional concerns.
“He was born in Canada,” Trump said. “If you know and when we all studied our history lessons, you are supposed to be born in this country; so I just don’t know how the courts would rule on it.”
As for Trump’s decision regarding his own presidential candidacy, he said he will make an announcement “sometime by June.”
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom