Donald Trump Tells Bill O’Reilly that the Fourteenth Amendment Won’t Hold Up in Court (Video)

oreilly-donald-trumpIt never ceases to amaze me how often Republicans prove just how little they actually understand about our Constitution. Then again, the truth is, conservatives really don’t care much for our Constitution in the first place. Sure, they’ll often claim to be the party for “Constitutional values” – but that’s complete nonsense. I’m not sure how someone can claim to support our Constitution, while frequently whining about the rights that very same Constitution gives certain Americans who Republicans don’t feel should have them.

Well, recently a talking point being pushed by many Republican presidential candidates is a call to completely gut the Fourteenth Amendment and redefine what constitutes an American citizen. Though I can’t help but laugh at how haphazardly several of these candidates talk about changing a Constitutional Amendment considering it’s an extremely difficult process to undertake. So, they’re either idiots who have no business working in our government because they have no idea how our Constitution operates or they’re willfully treating conservative voters like idiots by implying that changing a Constitutional Amendment is a simple process.

Take for instance comments made by Donald Trump during an interview with Bill O’Reilly where the current GOP frontrunner said that the Fourteenth Amendment won’t hold up in court.

O’Reilly pointed out that “mass deportations” of immigrants who are now considered American citizens can’t happen due to the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this,” Trump said. “They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested but they say it will not hold up in court.”

Yes, Trump’s actually advocating that anyone who was born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should have their American citizenship stripped from them and be immediately deported.

Let’s take a quick look at the very first part of the Fourteenth 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.

Seems pretty straightforward to me. All persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States – period. If Republicans don’t like the amendment, then we have this thing called the Constitution which gives our government the ability to amend it to make changes deemed necessary by our government if there’s enough support in our government to do so.

And let me just go ahead and go on record right now as saying there’s absolutely no way in hell there will ever be enough Republicans in Congress who support ripping apart our Fourteenth Amendment to ever change the fact that every human being born in the United States is an American citizen.

So, as usual, Trump’s an idiot.

But I found it absolutely hilarious that Trump would actually try to claim that a Constitutional Amendment wouldn’t hold up in court. Our courts interpret the Constitution – they cannot change it. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly defines that anyone born in this country, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents, becomes an American citizen. No rational person can read our Fourteenth Amendment and say otherwise.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • jonjstrine42

    “The Fourteenth Amendment clearly defines that anyone born in this country, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents, becomes an American citizen.
    No rational person can read our Fourteenth Amendment and say otherwise.”
    And therein lies the problem. Republicans aren’t rational.

    • buricco

      It’s like arguing with the Mad Hatter.

      • Please do not insult the Mad Hatter by lumping him with teabaggery bs..

      • VChild

        The Hatter had no use for teabags.

      • OMGface

        This narcissistic, moronic blowhard is far beyond Teaparty anything. That’s the problem.

      • OMGface

        But with a Brown shirt and hobnail boots. What’s terrifying is his following is growing. What that say about a mindless malleable percentage of the electorate, to me, is the real issue. Had Germany in the 30s not been infested with the Teutonic mindset: blind obedience to “authority” including the despotic kind” Hitler would never have been elected.

    • MacDoodle

      Same with the 2nd Amendment.It is not open for discussion.We can still ship the parents of these kids back and hopefully they will decide to take their children with them.

      • angie497

        Because nothing says “family values” like suggesting deporting parents and *hoping* they will take their children with them.

      • OMGface

        Nuthin but NET. Applauding smilie.

      • Jeromi Birtikidis

        Much easier to just leave criminals on the street.

      • Cindy

        Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, [meaning the states – their jurisdiction] is, by virtue of natural law and national law, a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great issue in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.’

        Did you miss it? ” This will NOT, of course include persons born in the United States who are FOREIGNERS! ALIENS!. If you don’t believe it, look it up. These children are NOT citizens by this explanation.

      • angie497

        Of course, that explanation bears absolutely zero resemblance to what’s in the actual Constitution, but no reason to let that worry you.

      • Azlefty

        SO you have no problem with violent felons or the severely mentally ill having firearms…………………………..Nice

      • Sure it is: The PEOPLE in a WELL REGULATED MILITIA shall not have their rights to keep and bear arms infringed.

      • FD Brian

        try getting a surface to air missile or a grenade launcher.

      • OMGface

        Will fall on ears rendered deaf by abject personal terror and feelings of inadequacy within the cowards in quesktion…..but I thank you for this.

    • strayaway

      The 14th Amendment does not clearly define ” that anyone born in this country, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents, becomes an American citizen.” A court interpretation of the 14th Amendment made birth citizenship the law of the land by ignoring or twisting the phrase “AND subject to the jurisdiction thereof” . The word “AND” requires that both conditions are required for citizenship. Perhaps, a hundred years ago, courts could not have foreseen the birth tourism industry or how its interpretation would contribute to incentivizing migration to the US. Those who have been given citizenship will keep them but that doesn’t prevent a constitutional amendment from being enacted clarifying the 14th Amendment to stop this insanity.

  • wendy

    amazing how one needs some kind of training education to become pretty much anything in this world. But anyone can be the POTUS , prob the most challenging job in the world!
    I equate this to putting a kid whose never driven behind a wheel of a car in traffic in a foreign country and expect him to drive without a lesson.
    Funny how for examl

    • OMGface

      Let’s start with an actual brain, some actual character and emotional health. This martinet boor fails to pass voir dire on all. And that’s just for openers.

  • Gary Menten

    The lawyers Trump is talking about are as imaginary as the “investigators” he claims to have sent to Hawaii and Harvard to investigate President Obama’s place of birth and school records. They don’t exist.

    • OMGface

      GO, GARY!! Leaping, applauding, tail wagging smilie.

    • ktholyk

      keep dreaming

      • Gary Menten

        You’re the guy who’s dreaming in Technicolor, Sparky.

  • Jon Grasseschi

    Well, it’s no secret how I feel about Donald Trump. I hate him. I’d liken him to rocks, but that would be an insult to rocks because, you see, at least rocks are useful to society. We build bridges with them. We stone idiot billionaires with them.

  • MacDoodle

    Its gonna come down to Trump vs Sanders next November and we will never elect a socialist to office in the White House.

    • Jeromi Birtikidis

      If those are our options, we’re fucked either way.

  • Kojo

    What is truly sick is that there are some liberals who say they would vote for this ass hat.

    • Frederick Nialetz

      He,s just in there to screw up the repulicants

  • Always curious

    Let’s remember the election is over a year away. P. S. You must be registered in the party you want to vote for in the primary. Dates are not set yet, but March 2016 seems to be in the ballpark.

    • Cindy

      You do not have to declare what party you are in.

      • Always curious

        Hi Cindy, Only 8 states have open primaries. Here is a link to find out what the law is in your state. Cindy Would you mind editing or deleting your comment. I’m sure you don’t want to mislead anyone. Thanks