Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, Donald Trump’s Mother, Part of Trump-Cruz Feud

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Donald Trump has questioned Ted Cruz’s citizenship due to his parentage, but his own mother was born in Scotland. (Getty)

Donald Trump has questioned the eligibility of main rival Ted Cruz to be President, noting that Cruz was born in Canada. Cruz shot back during the January 14 debate by detailing the parentage of eligible citizens born outside America, including John McCain and George Romney, then highlighted the fact that Trump’s mother was born outside America.

Mary Anne MacLeod Trump was born on the Scottish island of Lewis in 1912. On a visit to New York, she met Trump’s father Fred, and the two were married in 1936. Trump’s mother was naturalized in 1942. Photos of Trump’s mother and other family members appear in the video below.

As Cruz noted, Mary McLeod Trump’s naturalization, as well as Fred Trump’s citizenship, establish Donald Trump’s natural born citizenship.

Watch the testy exchange below:




From the U.S. constitution Article II; Section 1, 5th paragraph – “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president

Supreme Court Cases that define “Natural Born Citizen” as One Born on U.S. Soil to Citizen Parents –
Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814)
Shanks v DuPont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830)
Dred Scott v Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)
Minor v Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875)
United States v Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898)
Perkins v. Elg, 307 U.S. 325 (1939)

This legal reference provides the definition of Natural Born Citizen so clearly that it is impossible to get it wrong unless one really tries to. That’s why the Founders saw no need to debate the meaning and NEVER said they were leaving the meaning up to other people to decide later. It’s spelled out:
“The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.” – Law of Nations

It was not necessary that Minor v Happersett be about natural born citizenship. It was about women’s rights to vote. In that case the Court found it necessary to determine if mrs. Minor was a citizen and if so what kind of citizen she was.

The court found she was a natural born citizen by utilizing the definition that vattel wrote of in the law of nations.

When the Court defined the term of legal art (natural born citizen), that definition was applied to Mrs Minor and becomes law because the definition was written in the body of the decision and is therefore called a holding as it is held as law and is written in the decision rather than dicta. That is what makes the natural born citizen definition binding precedent. Binding precedent means all other courts and judges must then use that definition where applicable as law that precedes their case.

Hows that for credible basis?

Rollin L.

There is no legal definition- Constitutional, Legislative or Judicial for what a “natural born citizen” is. So all you have is an academic argument that is as worthless as the paper these digital posts are written on. I can argue, just as cogently, that both parents must be natural born citizens, in which case Donald Trump is no more eligible than the argument claims about Ted Cruz. This is just silly. The only ones who make this argument are Trump supporters. Which proves that no one in their right mind argues that Cruz is not eligible to be President.

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