TWITTER USERS OFFER THREE-WORD THOUGHTS ON NATION’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE
by Sharon Rondeau
The majority of the responses to the poll were reported as negative and include such adjectives as “embarrassment,” “narcissist,” and “buffoon.”
On Twitter, members of the public responded to the poll with their own ideas, often consisting of three words strung together. [Editor’s Note: Some comments are vulgar and obscene.]
While many were uncomplimentary, others showed imagination, as in “Draining the Swamp,” one of Trump’s campaign promises referring to Washington, DC entrenched elitism, corruption and perceived entitlement.
Another tweeted, “He’s the Boss!” with a photo of Trump leaning over the desk in the Oval Office with the caption, “AMERICA IS BACK!”
One comment reads, “Lock Her Up,” an apparent reference to Trump’s general-election opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a phrase often chanted at Trump’s rallies throughout the campaign.
Hundreds of new tweets were posted during the time this article was prepared.
“Not Too Bad” appeared in the timeline with a photo montage comparing Trump’s greeting to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday with former President George W. Bush’s holding of the former Saudi King’s hand and Barack Obama’s bowing to him.
Another later echoed that with, “See the difference??” with a similar photo of Obama and Trump.
One response observed by this writer as unique is “natural born Citizen,” offered by presidential eligibility plaintiff Robert C. Laity, also a reader and contributor to The Post & Email.
A Hillary supporter offered “Birther In Chief,” referring to Trump’s questioning of Barack Hussein Obama’s constitutional eligibility given questions over his then-unreleased “long-form” birth certificate and birthplace, which had been reported as outside the country.
Once the Obama White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth record on April 27, 2011, it was declared a forgery by several experts, a claim later confirmed by a five-year criminal investigation conducted by a former detective.
The Obama White House never responded to the claims of fraud and forgery which were renewed in December 2016 at a final press conference given by investigator Mike Zullo. During his presentation, Zullo reported that two well-respected forensic analysts also examined the long-form birth certificate image and reached conclusions similar to his own based on “nine points of forgery” found in the Obama “long-form” image.
Although the five-year probe did not focus on where Obama was born, it is understood by most Americans that the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born Citizen” means that he or she must have been “born in the United States.” Some go farther and say that the citizenship of the parents is equally important, if not more so, as the person’s birthplace in determining whether or not he or she is a “natural born Citizen” in keeping with Article II, Section 1, clause 5.
With questionable documentation and a foreign-citizen father who never became a U.S. citizen, Obama’s eligibility under the Constitution remains unknown despite his having served two terms in the White House.
Neither Congress nor the media would investigate.
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 to a U.S.-born father, Fred Trump, and Scottish-born mother, Mary MacLeod. Trump’s mother was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1942; therefore, when he was born, according to the U.S. Supreme Court case of Minor v. Happersett, Trump is a natural born Citizen.
In its majority decision, Chief Justice Waite wrote, in relevant part:
The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their [p168] parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first.
In 2015, Laity filed a ballot challenge to the presidential candidacies of former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on his belief that none of them is a natural born Citizen.
Jindal, born in the United States to legally-resident, non-citizen parents, withdrew from the race early on, in November 2015.
Rubio, whose birth circumstances mirror those of Jindal, pursued his candidacy through March 2016.
Cruz, born in Canada to a Cuban-citizen father and presumed U.S.-citizen mother, suspended his campaign after Trump won the Indiana Republican primary in early May 2016.
Laity’s case against the three, Laity v. State of New York, has been scheduled for a hearing on June 1 in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, at 1:00 p.m. in Albany.
The suit also seeks the New York State Board of elections to change its stated presidential-eligibility requirements of “born a citizen” to “natural born Citizen.”
On April 17, Laity sent a letter to Trump asking him to take action on the reported forgeries of Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form.