Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has continuously questioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's ability to legally run for president and now, on Saturday, the real estate mogul questioned Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's eligibility and suggesting he is not a citizen.
Trump took to Twitter, retweeting:
At nine minutes into the video, the litigation attorney claims that Rubio is not a naturalized citizen becuase he was born in the United States to Cuban parents who were not yet citizens.
However, Politico notes
that Rubio was born in Florida on May 28, 1971 and his parents had come to the United States from Cuba in the 1950s.
But despite where Rubio was born, there is a lawsuit pending in Broward County, Fla. challenging the eligibility of both Cruz and Rubio — Cruz because of where he was born and Rubio because of where his parents were born.
However, while appearing on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning, George Stephanopoulos asked Trump why he retweeted the claims.
Trump simply replied, "Because I'm not sure. I mean, let people make their own determination. I know Ted is being now — I think he's being sued by somebody having nothing to do with me, by the way."
"You're really not sure that Marco Rubio is eligible to run for president? You're really not sure?" Stephanopoulos asked.
"I don't know. I really — I've never looked at it, George. I honestly have never looked at it. As somebody said, he's not. And I retweeted it. I have 14 million people between Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and I retweet things, and we start dialogue and it's very interesting," Trump continued.
Rubio, who also appeared on "This Week" brushed off Trump's latest claims and noted that this is a "game" Trump plays.
"Look, this is a pattern. This is a game he plays. He says something that's edgy and outrageous and then the media flocks and covers that and then no one else can get any coverage on anything else," Rubio said. "And that worked when there were 15 people running for president. It's not going to work anymore.
"I'm going to spend zero time on his interpretation of the Constitution with regards to eligibility."
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