“Ryan threw cold water on the President’s assertion that he can use executive action to end the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
Ryan told a Kentucky radio station Tuesday that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” following remarks from the President indicating that Trump believes he can do just that, though many legal scholars disagree.”
See Trump attacks Paul Ryan, says he ‘knows nothing’ about birthright citizenshipThis is interesting. In an attempt to throw red meat to his shrinking support and distract from issues like universal healthcare on which the GOP have nothing, Trump threw out the idea of revoking citizenship to folks born in USA to illegal immigrants. The idea is totally daffy, since the 14th Amendment recognizes citizenship as a birth-right.
It does leave to an interesting concept however. Suppose, somehow, Kavanaugh and four other justices of SCOTUS could be persuaded to support Trump on this… I know it’s a stretch but just suppose that were to happen and Trump gets impeached, dies in office or is retired by the electorate. The next Democratic president could just revoke the citizenship of GOP members. McCarthy used to ask, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”. Why not replace “Communist Party” with “Government of Pigs”, “old fat guys club” etc? It would be very efficient at creating a tyranny much like the Divine Right Of Kings etc, which even predates the 1950s, when I came along.
Clearly, no right-thinking justice would put this wedge in the door but it will allow Trump to muddy more waters, distract more voters/media/candidates, and further besmirch the reputation of USA as an “advanced” nation in the world.