Last night I noted that Ted Cruz's blanket claim that there's zero chance that his presidential eligibility is in question is simply false. He stood behind his own expertise as a lawyer who's argued multiple cases before the Supreme Court to say that this simply is not a serious issue. Indeed, Ari Melber, the legal expert on MSNBC and an acquaintance of mine, was on the air this morning and said:
To be fair to Ted Cruz and the issue here, this is not taken that seriously in legal circles that [it] would be something that would bar him from running or being president. It's true when Donald Trump and others have repeated that this exact question has not been resolved by the federal courts, let alone the Supreme Court. So in that sense, because it is rare and an arcane sentence, it's accurate to say, we don't know for certain.
I am not in a position to be too critical of this statement because this is what I myself thought as recently as a week ago, and I said as much. But it's actually not accurate. The fact that Cruz was so definitive, so absolute, should and will force an on-going conversation, interwoven into the presidential campaign, which will show it's not true.
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