Polls say that one of the biggest reasons many conservatives support Donald Trump is that he’s not a politician. He’s an “outsider,” as they say. While I understand the allure of non-traditional politicians in government, it’s never made a whole lot of sense to me why someone would want an individual with no political experience to be our president. To be the President of the United States actually takes an understanding of how our government and Constitution work. Something that many of these so-called “political outsiders” – and Republicans in general – don’t have.
In fact, by all accounts, Trump doesn’t know a whole lot of anything factually related.
Take for instance an interview he had Sunday morning with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press where he embarrassed himself by showcasing a complete lack of understanding of what Constitutionally defines an American citizen.
After Trump told Todd that he was opposed to giving in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants, he went on to assert that children of illegal immigrants who were born on U.S. soil aren’t American citizens.
Trump: They’re here. They’re not here legally. I’m opposed to it.
Todd: Even kids born to illegal immigrants?
Trump: Well, I happen to disagree with the whole concept of anchor babies. I mean, you look at anchor babies–
Todd: But that’s in the Constitution.
Trump: 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.
Actually – you do.
Here’s what Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment says:
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.
It literally says the words, “All persons born… are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” It says nothing – at all – about where your parents are from or whether or not they’re American citizens.
So, yes, you would quite literally have to amend the Constitution to change the Fourteenth Amendment to treat children who were born here as non-American citizens simply because of who their parents were. Because, as clearly defined by our Constitution, anyone born on U.S. soil is, in fact, an American citizen and thus awarded all the privileges that come along with that.
Then again, for Trump, when do facts matter? This is someone who literally just seems to say… stuff. He’s created a campaign where “facts” seem to be whatever the heck he feels like saying.
These sort of comments need to be a huge wake up call to all liberals: Get out and vote. Because if we don’t, we may very well be saying “President Trump” come this time next year.
Watch his comments below via MSNBC: