In part one, I wrote about the legal case for Ted Cruz’s “natural born” status. I’m not an attorney, but as constitutional scholars are duking it out, the people I trust–as well as some I don’t even know–continue to come down on Cruz’s side, like former Solicitors General Neal Katyal and Paul Clement, Mark Levin, and Judge Andrew Napolitano.
I echoed their arguments, and I noted U.S. law, which appears quite clear. I think the left, as well as those who are trying to take a hatchet to Cruz–Trump, Paul, McCain, etc–know the legal case for Cruz is sound. Given this, some have moved on to a new variant on the attack. Some are now suggesting that Cruz’s mother Eleanor was a Canadian citizen. Why? Talking Points Memo (TPM), a liberal website, released a Canadian document with Cruz’s parents’ names on it.
“[It’s] a document showing that both of Cruz’s parents had been named on a list of voters in Calgary for the 1974 Canadian federal election. Only Canadian citizens were (and are) able to vote in federal elections. The lists were compiled through a door-to-door process of ‘enumeration’ by registrars, and were publicized partly so that mistakes could be corrected…Mistakes were frequent (i.e. Please ‘Raphael’ instead of ‘Rafael’), and voters were given the opportunity to fix errors.”
Breitbart then quoted conservative Canadian journalist Ezra Levant:
“It was like a census…they were very quick and non-obtrusive visits, someone standing in your doorstep. They certainly didn’t ask for ID…A name appearing on the list would not necessarily indicate that they were a citizen, or that they themselves had even spoken to the enumerator—someone else in the household may have spoken for them.”
TPM said they had the doc in 2013, but sat on it until now.
This is how low they’re swinging. They can’t get any legal traction on the “natural born” issue, so they’re hitting it from another angle: Rumors! What if Cruz’s mother wasn’t an American citizen when Cruz was born? What if she became a Canadian citizen? Stoke stoke stoke.
An error appearing in this Canadian document wouldn’t be a stretch, given Cruz’s father (but not mother) became a Canadian citizen in 1973.
But here’s the thing, aside from Levant saying the document doesn’t really mean anything, Cruz’s mother couldn’t have become a Canadian citizen by the time of his birth. A Canadian legal statute sent to me by the Cruz campaign reads that for a foreigner to even apply for citizenship, they have to have lived in Canada for at least five years, and that their intention had to be to live in Canada permanently:
According to Canadian magazine Maclean’s:
“Rafael Bienvenido Cruz and Eleanor Darragh had lived in the ‘Houston of Canada’ for three years by the time they had Rafael Edward Cruz.”
Considering that by the time Ted Cruz was born in 1970, his parents had only been in Calgary for approximately three years, the Canadian legal requirement for citizenship application would not have been fulfilled.
Additionally, how can anyone who’s positing this theory claim to know if the Cruz’s intended to live in Canada permanently? They can’t. According to journalist Gillian Stewart, who knew the Cruz’s while they were in Canada, Eleanor never seemed comfortable in Calgary.
Oh yeah, there’s another BS argument flying around. The rumor is being spread that during a 2013 interview with NPR, Ted Cruz’s father Rafael said that he and Eleanor became Canadian citizens while they were in Canada. Nope. Here’s the exact quote:
“I worked in Canada for eight years. And while I was in Canada, I became a Canadian citizen.”
I became a Canadian citizen–I, not we. Here’s the interview.
Don’t buy for a second what the Trumpbots and Hillary supporters say. It’s just a patent lie.
Here’s the point. The legal case is solid, and the rumor that this random document proves Cruz’s mother became a Canadian citizen is nonsense. It’s not backed up by any real evidence. But it doesn’t need to be backed up by evidence. All Trump and the Democrats need is the rumor to exist, to be in the air like a spore. It’ll travel wherever the wind takes it.
It’s our job to counter this spore with the truth. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers what’s really going on. The primary is upon us, and we cannot lose.