There’s a whole lotta hoopla going on about this “anchor baby” mama drama and Donald Trump wanting to, like, enforce immigration laws. What a freak.
Among the blowhards getting fussy was Bill O’Reilly, who took to his “No Spin Zone” soapbox and lectured Donald Trump about how birthright citizenship was called out in the fourteenth amendment (video below).
In reaction to the spectacle, Ann Coulter, using her trademark kittenish tones, tweeted:
Sorry for delay. O'Reilly: “YOU WANT ME TO QUOTE YOU THE AMT? IF YOU’RE BORN HERE YOU’RE AN AMERICAN. PERIOD! PERIOD!” #GoodGodHesStupid
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 19, 2015
Yes, she hash-tagged Good God he’s stupid. #Fistbump to you, Ms. Coulter. #DoingItRight
Ann Coulter, who knows a couple of things about the constitution, explains the 14th Amendment and its history in The Daily Caller and also in her new book Adios, America. But her book isn’t a pop-up book with lots of colors and cartoons, which is a problem for many readers. Spoiler alert: Coulter documents how the 14th Amendment doesn’t guarantee birthright citizenship.
On one hand, we have noted legal expert Bill O’Reilly haranguing Donald Trump: “YOU WANT ME TO QUOTE YOU THE AMENDMENT??? IF YOU’RE BORN HERE YOU’RE AN AMERICAN. PERIOD! PERIOD!” (No, Bill — there’s no period. More like: “comma,” to parents born “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States “and of the state wherein they reside.”)
But on the other hand, we have Justice John Marshall Harlan II, who despite not being a Fox News legal expert, was no slouch. He wrote in the 1967 case, Afroyim v. Rusk, that the sponsors of the 14th Amendment feared that:
“Unless citizenship were defined, freedmen might, under the reasoning of the Dred Scott decision, be excluded by the courts from the scope of the amendment. It was agreed that, since the ‘courts have stumbled on the subject,’ it would be prudent to remove the ‘doubt thrown over’ it. The clause would essentially overrule Dred Scott and place beyond question the freedmen’s right of citizenship because of birth.”… Read more
The original Bill O’Reilly vs. Trump interview is here. Caution: you’re about to enter a bloviating crapload zone. Just looking’ out for the folks…