President Donald Trump in his quest to unilaterally repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, thus ending birthright citizenship, is invoking the words of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to help make his case.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump said birthright citizenship is "unfair to our citizens" and "will be ended one way or another." We'll come back to the "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" later.
So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, w… https://t.co/TDGBLMUNAh— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1540992317.0
Shortly thereafter, the president, using Reid as a crutch, assailed Democrats for going "insane" for "open borders" while decrying the "nasty term" 'anchor babies' (a derogatory term for children of undocumented immigrants that members of his party love to throw around).
"I will keep our Country safe," Trump wrote. "This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!"
....Harry Reid was right in 1993, before he and the Democrats went insane and started with the Open Borders (which… https://t.co/JlXxWCIzXG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1540995454.0
Trump then posted a video clip of Reid in 1993 speaking on the Senate floor about illegal immigration to help bolster his case.
Here's what Reid said:
"If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn't easy enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship, guaranteeing full access to all public and social services this society provides... and that's a lot of services. Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer-expensed county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?"
Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship! https://t.co/ypiE1QWKag— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1541006367.0
Turns out, Reid doesn't agree with Trump in the least. Thus, Reid responded Wednesday afternoon with an epic takedown of Trump's attempt to twist his words.