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Donald Trump is getting some backup in his newest political assault on Ted Cruz, a redeployment of the “birther” mythos, this time aimed at the senator from Texas. Ann Coulter is declaring that Ted Cruz isn’t a “natural born citizen” eligible to run for president. And she’s upping the ante even more, by linking Cruz’s own dubious American citizenship to what she perceives as his weakness on immigration.

The right-wing pundit, who has been selling her anti-immigration book ¡Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, has campaigned actively with Trump, even telling a crowd at one of his rallies that The Donald’s campaign meant, “God hasn’t given up on America yet.” Wednesday morning, she took to Twitter to broadcast the notion that Cruz being an eligible citizen under the Constitution:

Trump brought this nonissue to the fore Tuesday, declaring: “Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem.”

Cruz was born in the Canadian province of Alberta, to a U.S. citizen mother. His father, Rafael Cruz, was a Cuban exile who at some point became a Canadian citizen, which he eventually renounced in order to swear U.S. citizenship in 2005. In 2014, Cruz the Younger legally renounced his own dual citizenship with Canada — after the very fact of his having it had apparently taken him by surprise.

Despite the fact that Cruz is plainly eligible to run for president, Coulter continued:

And worst of all, she said Cruz is just like an “anchor baby.”

It’s unclear if Coulter is implying that Ted Cruz was an anchor baby for his dad in the United States — or for his mom in Canada.

Photo: Photo: Ann Coulter speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)