Chris Wallace suggested Sunday that Donald Trump is trolling Sen. Ted Cruz about his birth in Canada to an American mother, but Trump hit back, hard.
“I didn’t raise it, The Washington Post raised it. They asked me a question, I said, ‘I really don’t know,'” Trump declared, before saying:
The Democrats are going to bring a lawsuit. If it’s Ted [Cruz who wins the nomination], the Democrats are going to bring a lawsuit. He’s got to have this thing worked out… nobody knows what it means. And, it hasn’t been adjudicated, and it hasn’t gone to the Supreme Court. And I’m only saying this — and I speak well of Ted. I’m only saying that Ted has to get this problem solved because if he’s running against a Democrat, and they bring a lawsuit, he’s got a hell of a thing over his head… what I told Ted to do is go into court for declaratory judgment.
Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, tried a second time to make his trolling charge stick.
WALLACE: … But people say you’re trolling him.
TRUMP: I’m not trolling.
WALLACE: And you’re under the guise of helping him, you’re sticking in the knife.
TRUMP: No, I’m not. What he should do is ask for declaratory judgment because, you know what?
WALLACE: But he says it’s not an issue, and in fact when you raised it, he posted a video of the Fonz jumping the shark, and —
TRUMP: OK, look —
WALLACE: He’s kind of laughing at this.
TRUMP: Chris, he’s not laughing, he’s taking it very seriously. He should take it very seriously, and I don’t want — you know what? I think I’m going to win. I don’t want to beat him in this way.
Cruz’s campaign provided Breitbart News with a copy of his birth-certificate, for a Jan. 8 article. His mother, Eleanor Darragh, was born in Delaware on Nov. 23, 1934, establishing her citizenship by birth–and, according to U.S. law, that of her son, even though he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970.