Donald Trump Claims 14th Amendment Is Unconstitutional: ‘It’s Not Going To Hold Up In Court’ (VIDEO)

Donald Trump went on Fox News to defend his immigration proposal by suggesting that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which was enacted in 1868, is not, in fact, constitutional.

In an effort to prove that he is a “real” candidate and not just a hairpiece with a lot of money, Trump recently released his very own “immigration plan” to satiate his rabidly racist anti-immigrant supporters. It didn’t disappoint. If we were to take it as a serious proposal, Trump’s plan is at turns laughable and terrifying. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie summarized it as “astonishingly cruel” and he’s not wrong:

To start, he would triple the number of immigration enforcement officers, and empower them with greater authority to track down and deport unauthorized immigrants across the country. His White House would ask Congress to defund “sanctuary cities” and create a nationwide “e-verify” system for employers. He would increase penalties for immigrants who overstay a visa, including criminal prosecution, and he would end “birthright citizenship,” a provision of the 14th Amendment that gives automatic citizenship to anyone born in the United States and its territories.

Ending “birthright citizenship” would be trashing one of the cornerstones of America’s ideals. It would also require a dismantling of the 14th Amendment. The right of citizenship if you are born in the country is in the very first section of the amendment – it’s kind of a big deal. To Trump, however, deporting children along with their parents is an act of goodwill.

“We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,“ Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
“What happens is, they’re in Mexico, they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby,” Trump told O’Reilly. “When people are illegally in the country, they have to go.”

When O’Reilly – refreshingly – called Trump on the cruelty of the idea of sending armies of immigration enforcement officers to kick down doors and grab whole families to ship away, Trump wasn’t swayed.

“We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell. We have to start a process, Bill, where we take back our country.”

To do that, he wants to repeal the 14th Amendment. According to Trump (and his fellow GOPers – this idea has gained a disturbing amount of traction from Trump’s increasingly desperate competition), it shouldn’t be hard to destroy the birthright citizenship guarantee because it is “unconstitutional.” Apparently, over the last 150 years we’ve all been looking at it wrong, and it takes a guy like Trump to re-interpret the Amendment the correct way. Unsurprisingly, his intense scrutiny has returned the answer that the men who wrote the 14th Amendment didn’t mean Hispanics. If the 14th Amendment were to be reevaluated today, Trump told O’Reilly that “It’s not going to hold up in court.”

Trump explained to O’Reilly that he knows some “very, very good lawyers” who assured him that kids born to undocumented persons living in the United States aren’t citizens. He never provides any names for who these lawyers might be, but Trump has a long history of paying people – even experts – to tell him what he wants to hear. Several years ago, Trump blew an unspecified amount of money on private detectives hired to prove President Obama wasn’t an American. They assured him they found the smoking gun – and then never produced a single thing.

The move to destroy a vital part of the Constitution was praised by Trump superfan Sarah Palin, who told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren that this immigration plan was a “real shot in the arm to constitutionalists and conservatives who want America to be put first.” Only in right-wing America can the very literal destruction of the Constitution be considered a “win” for constitutionalists. The ability to recognize irony, it seems, hasn’t quite seeped under the inches thick layers of willful stupidity that Palin and Trump wear like armor.

Watch the full exchange via Fox News below:

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