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Donald Trump: A Foreign Conservative in Ted Cruz's Court

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Much has been said about Ted Cruz’s big brain. The Harvard-trained lawyer has won five cases before the Supreme Court and argued nine in total. Most people would agree that Cruz has quite an impressive legal resume. 

It was not until Thursday night, however, during the GOP debate in South Carolina, that America witnessed firsthand how Ted Cruz not only has a knack for Constitutional law, but he has a really big heart, too. 
While Donald Trump now questions whether American women give birth to American children depending on where they are in the world, Ted Cruz has tried to help Trump work this out. 
Cruz explained that the guy Trump blames for causing the Donald’s supposed birther confusion is “a left-wing judicial activist Harvard Law professor who was Al Gore's lawyer in Bush versus Gore.” 
Cruz even pointed out that “[Larry Tribe] is a major Hillary Clinton supporter, and there's a reason why Hillary's supporters are echoing [Trump’s] attacks on [Cruz]."
Granted, the average conservative instinctively knows that if they simply believe the exact opposite of everything a liberal law professor like Tribe comes up with, they’ll almost always be right. But Donald Trump is not the average conservative. He’s more like an enigma. 
Considering that many liberals really believe that Bruce Jenner is a woman and that murdering unborn babies is a Constitutional right, it’s not too surprising that a guy like Donald Trump might really believe the Constitution makes foreigners out of American women’s children, especially when those children are battle-tested conservatives. 
Then again, maybe Trump just believes the Constitution changes when the poll numbers do — that was Ted Cruz’s conclusion.
Trump feigns dismay over how an interpretation of the Constitution by a radical liberal like Larry Tribe could affect Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be the president.   
Fortunately for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz reciprocated his friend’s concern and educated everyone about the potential legal battles Donald Trump himself could face if Trump were to win the primary. 
I don’t know about you, but I teared up when Ted Cruz metaphorically held Trump’s hand and then explained gently that one interpretation of the Constitution requires both a child’s parents to be born in America in order for the child to be eligible to become president. 
Since Donald Trump’s mom was born in Scotland, unfortunately, Larry Tribe could probably explain that this interpretation would make Donald Trump ineligible to be the president.
Of course, Cruz recognizes the birther issues are nutty. Consequently, he tried to encourage Trump. Cruz broke the news how liberal radicals could legally attack Trump if Trump were to win the primary. In fact, Cruz pointed out how this birther interpretation could also make Marco Rubio ineligible.
In Cruz’s words::
The legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories that Donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil. Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified...and interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified because Donald's mother was born in Scotland.
Thanks to the big heart of Ted Cruz, at least Donald Trump won’t be blind sided by his own birther issue down the road. 
Trump can now prepare for the potential lawsuits that could be coming and eventually cause him big problems if Trump were to win the primary or more. 
Then again, Trump looks like he has all he can handle figuring out how to stop his friend Ted Cruz from surpassing him in the other states after Iowa. 
Despite the revelation of Trump’s new birther issue and the looming defeat in Iowa hanging over Trump’s head, the big-hearted Cruz tried to boost Trump’s spirits. Cruz offered to consider Trump for his running mate as vice president. Cruz even joked that if the birthers theory about his own citizen status turns out to be America’s new reality, Trump could “get the top job at the end of the day.”  That is, of course, so long as both of Trump’s parents did not have to be born in America. 
If Cruz continues to pull away in Iowa and poll numbers tighten in New Hampshire in the coming weeks, it will be fascinating to see what other Constitutional revelations the conservative Trump discovers.

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