Republican front-runner Donald Trump attacked rival Ted Cruz over his birthplace, using a new and offensive term.
“Now, Ted Cruz may not be a U.S. citizen. Right? But he’s an anchor baby in Canada. No, he’s an anchor baby. Ted Cruz is an anchor baby in Canada,” Trump said at an event in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Generally considered offensive, the term “anchor baby” refers to children who are born in the United States to parents who are not U.S. citizens. Trump appears to be using the term to insinuate that Cruz could have become a Canadian citizen. (In 2014, Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship only months after learning that he qualified.)
Trump added that Cruz got “pummeled last night” at the Republican debate. He admitted Friday that his decision to skip the debate was risky, but ultimately concluded that he had made the right choice.
“In theory, I would’ve rather done the debate because you’re leading. You don’t want to change the wheels,” Trump said. “I took a chance … Whatever the result I did the right thing. I did the right thing because I did something great for veterans.”
Though he was absent last night, Trump was on the mind’s of the candidates and viewers. The billionaire hosted his own event across town, but was central to the narrative of Thursday’s debat Trump was mentioned constantly last night.