The National Society of Natural-Born Citizens of the United States

Donald Trump is NOT Natural Born

     Donald John Trump, Senior, was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946. He presents himself as a person eligible to the Office of President of the United States, yet, he does not have the parentage necessary to be a "natural born citizen." 
     His father was American born Frederick Christ Trump, born October 11, 1905, in Woodhaven, New York.  Frederick died at age 93, June 25, 1999, in New Hyde Park, New York.  From his father, Donald received an American early home education.  
      Donald's mother was Scottish born immigrant Mary Anne MacLeod, born May 10, 1912, in Stornway, Scotland.  She died August 7, 2000 in Hyde Park, New York.  
     In Donald's early years, he was subjected to the foreign influence of his Scottish born mother which disqualifies him  as a "natural born citizen," and could explain why he builds golf resorts in Scotland and is indifferent to the British.   
     Every Constitutional expert is aware that a native born male citizen is not eligible to the Office of President.  It was proposed at the Convention on August 22, 1787 and eventually rejected in favor of a natural born citizen.
  Many theorist attempt to persuade the undereducated that native born and natural born are equivalent and the same.  That is disproved by the different definitions. 
     In the notes of James Madison from the 1840 publication it is reported  that the Committee of Detail was instructed to make a report on a motion of Mr. Gerry on August 20th.  Mr. Gerry had moved, "that the Committee be instructed to report proper qualifications for the President and a mode of trying the Supreme Judges in cases of impeachment."
     On August 22, Mr. Rutledge from the Committee made the report as follows: "At the end of the first section, tenth article, add, 'he shall be of the age of thirty-five years, and a citizen of the United States, and shall have been an inhabitant thereof for twenty-one years.'
     There is no error that this is a descriptive definition of a native born male citizen.  Until a male reaches his twenty-first year he is in his minority.  Upon reaching his twenty-first year he enters his age of majority and obtains his rights as a citizen of suffrage in the national government.  By this definition he has to have been born in the United States and lived his minority years as an inhabitant of the United States.  No reference is made concerning his majority residence.
     This proposed requirement was rejected because it left the male child possibly under the influence of a foreign born naturalized parent or both parents having been foreign born and naturalized.  Themistocles, a citizen of Ancient Athens, from where the requirements of natural born citizenship was taken, was described in Plutarch's Lives as follows: "It was the law at Athens, that every citizen who had a foreigner to his mother should be deemed a bastard, though born in wedlock, and should consequently be incapable of inheriting his father's estate."
     Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Hoover all suffered the same defect of parentage with Mr. Trump.  Andrew Jackson's parents were both foreign born in Ireland.  Jefferson and Jackson, by being "citizens at the time of the adoption of this Constitution" were eligible.  There is no Amendment that provided Wilson or Hoover eligibility.
     What is worse is that ineligible men have been allowed the Office of President who are descendants of foreign born fathers.  Those include James Buchanan, Chester Arthur and Barack Obama.  Mr. Obama carries a second disqualification of Race. 
     No amendment has been proposed to allow for a person of the Ethiopian or African Race, or for that matter, any Race other than the Race that founded the United States.  The people of the Ethiopian or African Race were not citizens at the time of the adoption of this Constitution and would not be included in the definition of natural born citizens.  Slaves and foreigners were denied citizenship in Ancient Athens as well.
     Congress excluded Asian or Chinese Race persons from citizenship when native born in the United States with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  This was the impetus for the Wong Kim Ark case of 1898 that decided Congress could not deny citizenship to any native born person regardless of race.  Some theorist imply that this case was a defining ruling of a natural born citizen even though the Supreme Court has never taken a case to decide the definition. 
     "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen year a resident within the United States."  This descriptive definition is for a natural born citizen.  
     The main distinction is that the person can be an inhabitant anywhere in the world during his minority and under the care of his citizen parents neither having been foreign born and naturalized so their influence would be American, not foreign, even while being inhabitants in a foreign country.  
     What is required following birth and foreign inhabitation during his minority is actual residence from the time of his majority at twenty-one to thirty-five, fourteen years.  A key word is "within," indicating that minority years, including foreign birth, could be lived "outside" the United States.
     Mr. Trump is not eligible because he is not a "natural born citizen," his opposition candidate is also not a natural born citizen because "she" is not a "he."  If a person did nothing else than read the duties of the President as stated in the Constitution, they would know that the President has to be of the male gender. 
     When the Supreme Court ruled in 1875 on the case Minor v. Happersett that the female gender did not have the law necessary to be allowed the privilige of suffrage, by the same information to reach that decision it was also decided that the female gender were not eligible to any elected or appointed office that required the advice and consent of the Senate. 
     Yes, Congress has violated the Constitution.  The law gets in the way when Congress wants to act.  Congress has acted unconstitutionally by allowing persons a seat in the Legislative branch who had not been citizens for the required number of years.  And, Congress has allowed persons of the female gender to a seat in both branches contrary to the Constitution. 
     What Congress is required to do is deny a person of the female gender an elected seat in the legislature so the person would take their case to the Supreme Court for a Constitutional decision.  That is the way law is supposed to be resolved.
     When Sandra Day O'Connor was nominated by President Reagan to the Supreme Court, Congress was required to advise the President that as a person of the female gender she was not eligible to a seat on the Court.  At the time of the adoption of the Constitution women did not  attend law school or receive any formal education.  Then Ms. O'Connor would have taken her case to the Supreme Court for a ruling.  
     It is not a matter of having the educational options today that allows women to attend law schools. It is a concern that have the female Justices learned enough Constitutional law to know that by not having the required law allowing them a seat on the Court, that they are in violation of the Constitution.  Having taken an oath to uphold, support and defend the Contitution, that they are openly defying that Constitution by not resigning from a position that they do not have the necessary law to hold.  It is no wonder that recent Supreme Court ruling are not in line with the intent of the Constitution. 
     Should Congress accept electoral votes for this person who does not meet the eligibility requirements for the Office of President, it will not be the first time that Congress has defied the Constitution that members have sworn allegiance and are honor bound to uphold.   
     Coming later to this page: The connection between Benjamin Franklin and Plutarch.  What Mr. Franklin learned from Plutarch about Themistocles and Pericles, important leaders in the Democracy of Athens.  A few observations on citizenship from Aristotle's Constitution of Athens and how they all come together at the Convention of 1787 that established the Constitution of the United States.  It is nothing less than how and why the requirement of natural born citizenship first came about in the Democracy of Athens and was used as the basis for that requirement for eligibility to the Office of President.

Richard Carl Shellhorn
Executive Director