Donald Trump the front-runner of the GOP race for a presidential nominee has focused his crosshairs on Ted Cruz his surging GOP competitor, casting doubts over the U.S. Senator’s United States citizenship.
Trump, who a few years ago was actively involved in spreading conspiracy theories over President Barack Obama’s citizenship, has now suggested that voters should think twice about the possible ramifications of supporting Cruz who was born in Canada.
Trump in an interview said that Republicans would have to ask themselves if they want to have a candidate who might be in court for years.
He added that it would be a precarious one the Republicans because he would be running and the courts could take a long period to come up with a decision.
Cruz defended himself in a tweet after the comments were released.
Cruz said his response to Trump calling into question his citizenship was a clip from Happy Days the 1970s sitcom.
In the clip, the famous Fonzie jumps over a shark when he is waterskiing, a scene that was later credited with making the jumping the shark line popular, which refers to the time when a program on television is considered to be declining in quality.
Cruz has received numerous questions about his eligibility for the U.S. presidency although most experts in constitutional law agree there would be no issue.
Cruz was born in 1970 in Calgary to a Cuban father and American mother. He has stated always that because his mother is a citizen of the U.S. by birth he is one also and should be considered to be a natural born citizen.
Under the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. President must be a natural born citizen. However, because there is no explicit definition in the constitution of that phrase, questions have lingered over the meaning.
Under the law in the U.S., anyone born to a citizen of the U.S. anywhere around the world is granted citizenship.
Cruz in recent years has released a copy of his birth certificate and has renounced his citizenship in Canada.
Trump, who has been critical of many competitors for the Republican nominations, has been surprisingly quite complimentary towards the Texas senator until now.