Donald Trump demonstrated that he has no idea what is actually in the constitution during a humiliating interview on NBC’s Meet The Press.
Transcript via Meet The Press:
Let me ask you. Senator Rubio sponsored a bill back in Florida to give in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. There’s a lot of states that allow in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants. I’ve not heard your position on that.
I’m opposed to it.
They’re here. They’re not here legally. I’m opposed to it–
Even kids born to illegal immigrants–
Well, I happen to disagree with the whole concept of anchor babies. I mean, you look at anchor babies–
But that’s in the Constitution.
No, it’s not in the Constitution. If you read and if you look, and if you go to the real scholars, like different people that I can give you, they will tell you. Somebody comes over and they have a baby on our border and it happens to be on this side of the border, we’re not mandated to take care of that baby. You do not have to change the Constitution.
You may need a vote in Congress, but you don’t have to change. Now, there’s a, you know, debate about that. I don’t think it’s even close. And I’ve been on this issue for a long time. No, no, people have to come into our country legally, Chuck. They have to be here legally.
Trump was completely wrong.
According to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The vast majority of legal scholars hold the opinion that children of immigrants who are born in the United States are citizens.
Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, but his knowledge of the Constitution is limited to what he has heard on Fox News. Trump humiliated himself on Meet The Press, but he is too arrogant and stupid to be aware that his lack of knowledge is embarrassing. Donald Trump is trying to substitute his opinions for the law of the land.
Conservative media told Trump that children of immigrants who are born in the US aren’t citizens, so that is what he believes is in the constitution. Trump makes Sarah Palin look like a shining intellect. Donald Trump is a national disgrace, and it is looking more and more likely that a man who has no knowledge of the constitution is going to be the Republican nominee.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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