President Trump created an uproar this week among Democrats when he suggested that it might not be a great idea to automatically grant citizenship to the U.S.-born babies of illegal aliens.
But on Wednesday the president shared a 1993 video on Twitter of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who would later become the Senate majority leader, making an incredible argument for ending “birthright citizenship” for the babies of illegal aliens.
“Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship!” Trump declared as he posted the video.
“If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal alien?” Reid said in the C-SPAN video.
“No sane country would do that.”
“Right? Guess again,” he continued. “If you break our laws by entering this country without permission to give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that’s a lot of services.”
“Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayers’ expense in county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?” he added.
“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other,” Trump also tweeted on Wednesday. “It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’”
“Many legal scholars agree Harry Reid was right in 1993, before he and the Democrats went insane and started with the Open Borders (which brings massive Crime) ‘stuff,’” he continued. “Don’t forget the nasty term Anchor Babies. I will keep our Country safe. This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!
78-year-old Reid, now retired, responded on Wednesday. He says his speech back then was a mistake and claims that he felt terrible about it shortly after.
“In 1993, around the time Donald Trump was gobbling up tax-free inheritance money from his wealthy father and driving several companies into bankruptcy, I made a mistake,” he said in a statement, according to Newsweek. “After I proposed that awful bill, my wife Landra immediately sat me down and said, ‘Harry, what are you doing, don’t you know that my father is an immigrant?’ She set me straight.”
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood made the mistake of taking to Twitter to bash Trump over “birthright citizenship.” Here’s what happened to them.