NY Mag is outraged, along with the NY Times and much of the mainstream press:
Earlier this week, Trump posted a screenshot of a Gateway Pundit post saying Haley isn’t qualified for the presidency under the 12th Amendment, as “her parents were not U.S. citizens at the time of her birth in 1972.”Okay, the meaning is not clear, and many people ignore the "natural" and take "natural born citizen" to mean anyone born in the USA. However there are legitimate historical reasons to take "natural born citizen" to mean someone born in the USA to citizen parents.
This is clearly untrue. Nikki Haley was born in South Carolina in 1972, so she’s an American citizen eligible to run for president, end of story. ...
The Constitution says “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.” While the meaning of the term “natural born citizen” isn’t totally clear, it’s widely understood to include, at the very least, people born in the United States.
There are good reasons to want the President to be a legitimate American, and just some immigrant or anchor baby. Haley, for example, was an anchor baby, and is not particularly loyal to American interests. She talks a lot about involvement in foreign wars and the concerns of foreigners. She wants to let millions of foreigners come to the USA. And she says she will continue to prosecute Trump, although she will pardon him before he is jailed. She has unpopular views about the Civil War.
The real point of Trump’s post was to smear Haley with his favorite racist conspiracy theory. Questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship helped launch Trump’s political career, so he later ran the same playbook against political opponents Ted Cruz and Kamala Harris.Racist? Haley and Cruz are Caucasian. Cruz was born in Canada. There are still questions about Obama's birth. His father was not a citizen, and possibly not married to his underage mother. People think Harris is Black, but she is actually half Jamaican and half Hindu.
The NY Times says Trump Promotes False Birther Conspiracy About Nikki Haley. But there is nothing false of conspiratorial about it. Haley was born to non-citizen parents. She has admitted it.
The thing that makes Trump most hated is that he is pro-American. Look at the vitriol in the above story, and in the similar stories elsewheree. Why call it a "racist conspiracy theory"? There is nothing racist or conspiratorial about it. It is just applying the Constitution, and asking that the President be a genuine American.