Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Trump’s Claims Regarding the 14th Amendment

Oct 30, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s claims regarding the 14th Amendment:

“It is downright astonishing that an elected official — let alone the President of the United States — is so devoid of reality that he thinks he can unilaterally rewrite the U.S. Constitution.

“I am floored that this President would sit for an interview and inaccurately claim that he can sign an Executive Order undermining the 14th Amendment, the text of which clearly states that ‘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.’

“This inflammatory statement comes on the heels of the President’s immigration junket, which aims to pander to his base with fearmongering, lies, and propaganda.  If nothing else, the events of last week should remind everyone, especially elected leaders, to stop the divisive rhetoric that casts those different than us as ‘other’ or something to be feared.  That is why I remain staunchly opposed to any legislative efforts of this nature.

“America has had enough of his governmental gutter talk, which only serves to further inflame.  Maybe he should use some ‘Executive Time’ to read the Constitution and reflect on the promise of what the United States and its people could — and should — be.”

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