Former President Donald J. As Trump defends his own eligibility to vote under the Constitution, he has turned to his brand of nativism to accuse Nikki Haley — this time, Nikki Haley — of not being truly American for the presidency. .
on him Social media platform On Monday, Mr. Trump cast doubt on Haley's US citizenship, and Mr. He republished the report from The Gateway Pundit, an influential website in the pro-Trump community, as polls showed Trump's presence to be influential. In New Hampshire. Born in South Carolina, Ms. Haley's Indian immigrant parents were not citizens, making her ineligible “to run for president or vice president under the 12th Amendment,” the report falsely states.
Ms. Haley was born in the United States in 1972 and became an automatic citizen.
Mr. Trump has done this before. Her political rise was fueled by her false and racist claim that then-President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and therefore unfit for the White House. In 2016, he accused his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, of being ineligible for the ballot because he was born in Canada to an American mother.
But this time there's an extra twist: Mr. Trump is fighting legal efforts in several states to declare him ineligible to vote under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, with successful cases so far in Colorado and Maine.
Constitution establishes Very low standards For presidential candidates: They must be at least 35 years old, be a “natural born” citizen and have been a resident of the United States for 14 years. Section Three of the 14th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, said that anyone who had engaged in or aided in an “insurrection” against the United States was ineligible to hold “any office, civil or military.”
Mr. Trump has called before.
Mr. Under Sedition Act. The question of Trump's eligibility is now before the Supreme Court.