O Canada, oh boy: Trump hammers down on Cruz birthplace jabs

January 26, 2016

Ted Cruz is still in Donald Trump’s crosshairs, though the jokes might be getting a little stale.

Real estate mogul Trump on Monday revisited critiques that his top rival for the Republican presidential nomination Ted Cruz may be unable to run for president due to his Canadian birth.

Responding to an attack ad by the Cruz campaign bashing the real estate mogul’s use of eminent domain, Trump defended his use of the building practice at a Farmington, New Hampshire campaign rally, telling the nearly 1,000-person crowd that it is necessary to certain construction projects, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

“You wouldn’t have 10 feet of that pipeline if it weren’t for eminent domain,” Trump began.

“That pipeline goes from Canada, the birthplace of Ted Cruz,” he said, “to Texas, where he’s a senator. I don’t know, is there something going on here?,” Trump said, hinting to a possible “conflict of interest” for the Texas senator.

Never mind that the pipeline would actually end in Nebraska, not Texas, Trump peppered much of his speech with not-so-subtle jabs at Cruz, who until recently had provided the boisterous billionaire with much of his in-party support.

“He could run right now for prime minister of Canada,” Trump told the crowd.

Cruz has faced criticism—most aggressively from Trump—due to his birth in Calgary, Alberta to an American mother and Cuban father, raising debate over the meaning of the natural-born-citizen clause of the Constitution, which outlines the rules of birthplace eligibility to hold the office of the president or vice president.

New Hampshire, where Cruz has already made the ballot, will cast some of the earliest votes in the nation on Feb. 9.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump and rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R) cross paths during a break at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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