December 6, 2022

Paul Ryan just publicly shot down Trump’s midterm election vow to end birthright citizenship

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Earlier today, Axios released a stunning clip from their new interview with President Trump, in which he stated that he intends to revoke birthright citizenship through an executive order, despite the fact that it’s enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.


Under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Trump is seeking to revoke this provision unilaterally.

In the interview, Trump claimed that despite the fact that he’s always been told that it would take a constitutional amendment to get rid of birthright citizenship, he’s now convinced that this is not the case.

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“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress but now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. Now, how ridiculous? We are the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for eighty-five years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous and it has to end,” Trump said.

The plot is nothing more than a transparent attempt to rile up his racist base in advance of next week’s midterm elections. His racist supporters hate the idea of more immigrants changing the demographics of America to be less white and revoking birthright citizenship is like red meat for them.

Moreover, Trump is completely lying with his claim that the U.S. is the only country to offer citizenship to anyone born within its borders, with nearly every country in the Western Hemisphere offering the same right, including Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has already voiced his support for the president’s authoritarian scheme. The opportunistic Senator, now completely devoid of anything even vaguely resembling dignity, ran to Twitter to praise it before announcing that he would personally introduce legislation to revoke birthright citizenship.

Now, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) come out in public opposition to Trump’s claim, a surprising move from the normally spineless Ryan.

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“Well, you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” Ryan said to radio station WVLK according to Politico.

“You know, as a conservative, I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process. But where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration,” Ryan added.

It remains to be seen whether Ryan will actually stand up to Trump in practice, but given his cowardly, obsequious track record it would hardly be surprising if he eventually caves and throws his support behind the blatantly racist scheme. In either case, this entire disgusting discourse is proof enough that Republicans do not belong in power.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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