Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump escalated his Canada-themed jabs at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday morning.
"Ted Cruz may not be a US citizen, right? But he's an anchor baby. No, Ted Cruz is an anchor baby in Canada. But Canada doesn't accept anchor babies," Trump said at a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire.
"Anchor baby" is a derogatory term for birth tourism, or people entering the US for the purpose of having a child born on US soil, which grants automatic citizenship.
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Cruz, a US citizen who renounced his Canadian citizenship, was born in Canada to an American mother, and most legal experts believe he meets the Constitution's requirement that presidents are "natural-born" citizens. But Trump raises doubt about Cruz's eligibility almost daily.
"It is a problem for him, by the way," Trump said of Cruz's birth on Friday. "I think that's one of the reasons he's crashing. I think it's one of the reasons he's a nervous wreck, too. He's figured: 'What the hell happened?'"
He added: "How about this? He's a citizen of Canada. And he was a senator from Texas. And he's a citizen of Canada, joint with the US. How the hell does that work?"
Cruz's campaign spokesman reportedly responded by saying, "The only anchor here is the one being dragged behind the SS New York Values."
Trump hit Cruz for being a Canadian "anchor baby" after declaring that he was "right" about the US not granting automatic citizenship to children born in the country. The real-estate mogul frequently claims that if parents immigrate to the US illegally, their children do not have US citizenship.
"It doesn't work that way," Trump said. "Let me tell you: I was right about it."
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