BUT HE’S WRONG!
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 27, 2016) — On Tuesday while campaigning, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders termed questions surrounding Barack Hussein Obama’s birthplace “racist,” claiming for at least the second time, “Nobody has asked for my birth certificate.”
Sanders decried what he believes is an attempt to undermine Obama’s “legitimacy” by various claims and rumors that Obama was not born in the U.S. Sanders did not acknowledge mainstream media reports dating as far back as 2004 which claimed that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.
On January 12, 2016, in response to Sanders’s initial claim made on January 11 that no one had asked to see his birth certificate, The Post & Email sent a formal letter to his campaign requesting a certified copy of the document as well as his father’s naturalization record, if it exists.
In the letter, The Post & Email stated that it had attempted to gather similar documentation on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz with very limited success.
On January 11, Sanders had compared his immigrant father, who came to the United States from Poland, to Obama’s claimed father, who hailed from British-ruled Kenya and was issued a student visa by the U.S. between the years of 1959 and 1964. Barack Hussein Obama Sr. never applied to become a U.S. citizen and returned to his home country in July 1964 after his student visa was non-renewed.
We received no response from the Sanders campaign to our letter and will be sending a second request by certified mail this coming week. In perusing his campaign website, The Post & Email found no telephone number by which to attempt to verify whether or not our letter was received.
On both occasions in which he attempted to make the case that those questioning Obama’s credentials are “racist,” Sanders failed to knowledge to his audience that Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011, was found to be a “computer-generated forgery” by a criminal investigative team. As members of the U.S. Senate, neither Sanders nor Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz appears to have taken steps to investigate why a forgery was posted “with the intent to deceive,” according to lead criminal investigator Mike Zullo.
Until the 2016 presidential campaign cycle began, most Americans generally understood the “natural born Citizen” requirement present in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution to mean “born in the United States.” However, Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970 and claims presidential eligibility through his U.S.-citizen mother.
Cruz’s father was born and raised in Cuba, escaping from the island approximately 18 months prior to the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. He did not become an American citizen until 2005, when Ted was approximately 35 years old.
A number of law professors have stated that the issue of Cruz’s eligibility is not settled, with some stating unequivocally that Cruz is not eligible by virtue of his birth in a foreign country. Other attorneys and constitutional scholars maintain that Cruz is doubly disqualified because of his non-US-citizen father at the time of his birth.
The media has largely reported that Cruz is eligible since he declared his candidacy on March 23 of last year, citing an essay published in the Harvard Law Review and an “emerging consensus” that a child born anywhere in the world to one or two U.S.-citizen parents is a “natural born Citizen.”
Marco Rubio, born in the United States to two Cuban citizens, also claims eligibility, which has been challenged in several states by the process of ballot objections. Several lawsuits have been filed against Cruz, citing his Canadian birthplace.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was born in New York City in 1946 to two U.S.-citizen parents, has challenged Cruz’s eligibility publicly, threatening to file a lawsuit himself should Cruz “continue to lie.”
Last Sunday, Trump retweeted a comment raising the question of Rubio’s eligibility. When asked about his stance on Rubio, Trump responded, “I retweet things, and we start dialogue and it’s very interesting.”
The mainstream media has repeatedly equated the term “citizen” or “U.S. citizen” with the Constitution’s “natural born Citizen” requirement.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.