BUT WAS HE ELIGIBLE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 11, 2020) — Democrat presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday night while awaiting the results of the New Hampshire primary, multiple sources reported.
As The Post & Email’s Joseph DeMaio wrote in August, questions exist regarding Yang’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president and commander-in-chief resulting from his birth in the State of New York to two legal residents who likely never became U.S. citizens.
While many argue that a birth anywhere in the United States is sufficient to qualify for the U.S. Constitution’s “natural born Citizen” presidential requirement, some scholars believe that the Founders believed the term to mean, “born in the United States to citizen parents” in order to avoid any chance of foreign allegiance.
Other current and former 2020 Democrat presidential candidates who may not meet the strictest interpretation of the term of art include U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, whose parents did not reside in the U.S. long enough to have been naturalized at the time of her birth in 1964; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who was born in American Samoa to U.S.-citizen parents but might not have been granted automatic U.S. citizenship; and Pete Buttigieg, whose father reportedly naturalized three years before his son was born, a claim not yet confirmed.
Harris withdrew from the race in December, but Gabbard and Buttigieg remain candidates as of this writing.
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.