Monday, Donald Trump, Republican candidate for President, took once again to Twitter to warn Senator Ted Cruz, (TX), that Trump may file suit to have a judicial decision made as to the legitimacy of whether Cruz is a natural born citizen of the United States. The question is a constitutional one as only natural born citizens are eligible to be President of the United States. Trump spelled out quite plainly what he believes are the reasons for the warning of a lawsuit. Trump reminded the Republican National Committee that they are not living up to the pledge that brokered between Trump with the RNC, which stated that availability the of tickets to the live debates would be divided equally between the campaigns and to be distributed to the public. Trump also warned of what he calls are “complete lies” coming out of the Cruz campaign and that the RNC had better intercede to stop the dirty campaign of Senator Ted Cruz.
Trump stated that, “Cruz has become unhinged and is lying with the hopes that his statements will go unchecked until after the election and he will save his failing campaign.” Continuing Trump stated that, “one of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President. If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t, they are in default of their pledge to me.”
Cruz for his part came back at Trump by attacking not only Trump’s policies, but those of Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, who is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Cruz said, Donald said his extreme, abortion-supporting sister would make a terrific Supreme Court Justice. If the people of South Carolina care about their constitutional rights, we’re one justice away from the Supreme Court writing the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights.” Continuing, Cruz then went on to attack Trump himself, “A candidate who has spent 60 years of his life being very, very pro-choice and defending partial-birth abortion is not the candidate you can trust to appoint principled constitutionalists.”
The question of having the RNC intervene is an important. If in the interest of having a Republican actually win the White House wouldn’t behoove the RNC to stop the candidates from tearing each other apart. The Democrats after this infighting could swoop in and pick the bones clean of any survivor left standing. The question remains, will the RNC go in and play peacekeeper? If the RNC doesn’t, they run the risk of Trump voiding the agreement not to run as a third party candidate and winning the White House as an independent.