Trump promotes false conspiracy claiming Kamala Harris ineligible for White House
Trump told reporters he had ``heard'' rumours, which are false, that Harris, a Black woman and U.S.-born citizen whose parents were immigrants, does not meet the requirement to serve in the White House.
Story continues below advertisement“Full stop, end of story, period, exclamation point,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School.Trump built his political career on questioning a political opponent’s legitimacy. He was a high-profile force behind the so-called “birther movement” — the lie that questioned whether President
, the nation’s first Black president, was eligible to serve. Only after mounting pressure during his 2016 campaign did Trump disavow the claims.2:25The significance of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pickThe significance of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick
Trump comments about Harris on Thursday landed in a blizzard of other untrue, racist or sexist claims unleashed across social media and conservative websites after Biden picked Harris, the first Black woman and the first Asian American woman on a major party ticket. The misinformation campaign is built on falsehoods that have circulating less noticeably for months, propelled by Trump supporters, and now the president himself.
“I have no idea if that’s right,” said Trump, who said he had read a column on the subject earlier Thursday. “I would have thought, I would have assumed, that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice-president.”
Story continues below advertisementTrump made the comments in answer to a reporter’s question and appeared to be referencing an op-ed written by John Eastman, a conservative attorney who argues that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t grant citizenship to all people born in the U.S.
Read more:The president’s reelection campaign’s senior lawyer, Jenna Ellis, shared the controversial column on Thursday morning, hours before Trump was asked about it at a White House news conference.Trump noted that the column was written by a “very highly qualified and very talented lawyer.”
Harris’ mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.2:52Biden, Harris make appearance in first campaign eventBiden, Harris make appearance in first campaign eventBut question of her parents’ birthplace is irrelevant, said Christopher Kelley, a political science professor at Miami University in Ohio.
Story continues below advertisement“No, there’s no question about it,” he said. “It’s been recognized since the people drafted it back in the 39th Congress that (the 14th) amendment that would cover people not just born to American citizens but born on American soil.”
Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said the national party has no plans to challenge Harris’ eligibility for the Democratic ticket.Read more:Groups vow to fight sexist, racist coverage of Kamala Harris after VP pickEastman, the former dean of Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, where he is a professor, is also a senior fellow at the conservative Claremont Institute. According to his bio on the institute’s website, he also served from 1996 to 1997 as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and serves as chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions.
He also ran in the Republican primary to serve as California’s attorney general in 2010. Eastman was defeated by a candidate who went on to lose to Harris.3:33Trump says he was ‘surprised’ that Biden picked Kamala Harris as running-mateTrump says he was ‘surprised’ that Biden picked Kamala Harris as running-mate
Newsweek, which published the controversial Eastman op-ed questioning Harris’ birthright qualification, defended the piece in their own op-ed Thursday, arguing that Eastman “was focusing on a long-standing, somewhat arcane legal debate about the precise meaning of the phrase `subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ in the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment,” and not trying to “ignite a racist conspiracy theory around Kamala Harris’ candidacy.”
Story continues below advertisement“His essay has no connection whatsoever to so-called `birther-ism,’ the racist 2008 conspiracy theory aimed at delegitimizing then-candidate Barack Obama by claiming, baselessly, that he was born not in Hawaii but in Kenya,” they wrote. “We share our readers’ revulsion at those vile lies.”
Read more:Who is Kamala Harris? A closer look at Joe Biden’s running mateOther false and misleading rhetoric quickly emerged this week.Conservative commentator Candace Owens posted a false attack on her Facebook page, claiming Harris had only started identifying as Black in the run-up to the presidential election. Until then, Owens wrote, Harris had solely described herself as Indian American.
Within 24 hours, nearly 200,000 users had liked the post — raking in more attention than Biden’s own Facebook post announcing his pick. Read more: Globalnews.ca »
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He should check that at the door. Not too long ago there were rumours about how his wife came to the US and then when he became president.- his in laws . Don't through stones when you live in a glass house! Who did he “hear” it from....the voices in his head? He’s doing all kinds of illegal tactics to win so he should stop pointing fingers at others
He was asked by a reporter, watch the briefing Just what the US needs.... a president who spreads rumours. What is this ... like junior high school He also thought COVID wasn’t a big deal. Look how that’s going for Americans right now. 🙄 Thank you Mr Trump 🇨🇦 Mr Trump helped greatly with piece in the middle East today👍
Omg🙄 He probably heard that from himself. Every time the Media makes up lies & edits clips to suit their narrative- Trump gains supporters and the Media loses credibility. Listen to the whole clip. FakeNews He would know fake news, the reporter said it. Media distraction because Trump brought in first step towards peace in the middle east today.
The only reason “heard” is in quotes is because he was asked if he heard the rumour and said he had “heard it.... then said he doesn’t think it’s true. C’mon man the thing. No the reporter promoted it by asking the question. FakeNews KAMALA ISNT BLAK STOP SPREADING RACIAL TENSIONS GLOBAL by making such a claim, he concedes defeat enough before election begins! told you, he is a born loser!!!
Jamaican slave owners + Indian communists = African American. 🤔 just looking for votes. A reporter asked him a loaded question. He said he'd heard of it, didnt know anything and would look into it Global, your bias is showing. EnemyOfThePeople Yeah a lawyer told him that and he didn’t know about it. LOL Global news. They don’t wanna talk about the major peace deal he brokered today, nor any of Harris’s actual policies, just more fake hate news.
Read the documents . Your twisting things globalist China news . It's 'conspiracy theory', not 'conspiracy'. Was this written by a high school student? shes from a slave owning family, shouldnt that disqualify her in the current political atmosphere? theyre tearing down statues of slave owners from 400 years ago, now theyre running a descendant from one as their VP, democrats are a joke
lol, the dude’s awesome! Corona virus event is not what we've been told it is. Watch Glenn Beck video. We've been scammed. This is about central banks and a financial reset. How is he promoting it. It’s the press asking the question, he said he heard about it, but was sure the democrat lawyers had check that out. So again CROOKED GLOBAL NEWS MEDIA, FAKE NEWS, how is he promoting it Disgusting media.
Do a story about how her Jamaican ancestors owned slaves next that would be great! TheMoreYouKnow Might want to look that up. Well that didn’t take long! If she was white it wouldn’t of even been brought up! He’s so predictable
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