Many people will say that political campaign is a “blood sport” and if one is not fight ready, one should stay as far as possible from the ring. This of course is tantamount to saying if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Now, the 2016 U.S. presidential political campaign is at a fever pitch and the intensity of the fight especially among Republican candidates has gotten so fierce that it makes for an interesting ring side seat.
Given the latest polling, the two heavy weights on the Republican side are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Both candidates have played nice throughout most of last year during their time on the campaign stump and in the debates.
However, all hell broke loose when Cruz poll numbers jumped higher than Trump in Iowa, the first state to caucus for the nomination of the Republican Party presidential candidate.
Trump, without notice, has put on his gloves and gone berserk against Ted Cruz, a candidate who threatened to steal his thunder or rain on his parade in the Hawk Eye state.
Trump, being up against the rope and seeking to regain the upper hand resort to what may be regarded as a rope-a-dope offense with a stunning and telling effect.
It flattens Cruz when Trump uttered the following at a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire:
“Ted Cruz may not be a U.S. citizen, right? But he’s an anchor baby. No, Ted Cruz is an anchor baby in Canada. But Canada doesn’t accept anchor babies.”
“Anchor baby” is a derogatory term for birth tourism, or people entering the U.S. for the purpose of having a child born on U.S. soil, which grants automatic citizenship.
The truth is Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a migrant Cuban father. He is a U.S. citizen and recently renounced his Canadian citizenship.
There are disagreements among legal experts on whether or not Cruz meets the Constitution’s requirement that presidents are “natural-born” citizens.
Trump raises doubt about Cruz’s eligibility frequently in media and this has planted doubt in voters’ minds and driven back Cruz poll numbers.
“It is a problem for him, by the way,” Trump said of Cruz’s birth recently. “I think that’s one of the reasons he’s crashing. I think it’s one of the reasons he’s a nervous wreck, too. He’s figured: ‘What the hell happened?'”
He added: “How about this? He’s a citizen of Canada. And he was a senator from Texas. And he’s a citizen of Canada, joint with the U.S. How the hell does that work?”
Now, the question is can Cruz recover from this upper cut from Trump or will it be a knockout punch?
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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