Heidi Cruz refers to Ted as an ‘immigrant.’ Now look at what’s happening.
Republican prez candidate Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, just made a blunder. She admitted to voters that her husband "is an immigrant":
“Ted is an immigrant. He is Hispanic. We can unify this party.”
Campaign aide Catherine Frazier hastily backtracked Heidi's comments.
"As she has in numerous speeches over and over, Heidi was referring to Ted as being the son of an immigrant. That is a story she shares repeatedly on the campaign trail. It is an integral part of his background and personal story, one which resonates with the millions of Americans who share a similar background, and that gives hope to those struggling to climb the economic ladder."
Why is this a big deal?
There's already a lot of controversy surrounding whether the Constitution says it's legal for Cruz to be president because he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. The constitution says the president must be a "natural born citizen." But the interpretation of "natural born" is hotly debated in legal circles.
Generally, legal scholars agree that a "natural born citizen" is definitely someone who was born in the US--and that you can't become a "natural born citizen" if you immigrated here. Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother was a US citizen, which provided him dual citizenship (he renounced his Canadian citizenship only recently). So his situation is somewhat unique.
The Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago is hearing a case on Cruz's eligibility, so there certainly is a legal question here.
Cruz, who's an accomplished lawyer himself, insists he can legally be president.
What's happening now
A lot of people are saying that calling Cruz an immigrant means he isn't a natural born citizen and therefore not eligible to be POTUS.
— Fox&Friends Weekend (@ffweekend) May 1, 2016
Cruz's own wife sold him out. He's a Candian immigrant, not a natural born citizen. That's what happens to cheaters! pic.twitter.com/VWiKAhNMvk
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 1, 2016
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) May 1, 2016
Heckler at Cruz event shouts "you're not even eligible, you're Canadian"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) April 27, 2016
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