'Unsurprising, but no less abhorrent': Reaction to Trump's comments about Sen. Harris' eligibility to be VP

Written by on August 14, 2020


Kamala Harris will make historical past as the primary Black lady and first Asian American particular person to be on a serious social gathering’s presidential ticket. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and pundits Thursday criticized President Donald Trump for entertaining questions raised in regards to the eligibility of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to run for vp, as “very severe.” 

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s alternative of Harris as his operating mate was historic, making her the first Black lady and first Asian American particular person on a serious social gathering’s presidential ticket. 

Trump was requested a few column from a conservative regulation professor who questioned her eligibility, and responded, “I simply heard it as we speak that she does not meet the necessities and by the best way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a really extremely certified, very gifted lawyer.”

Trump continued that he has “no concept” whether or not the web birther lies are true, and requested the reporter if she was saying Harris would not qualify as a result of the Senator “wasn’t born on this nation?”

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After the reporter clarified the conspiracy was based mostly on her supposed ineligibility due to her dad and mom’ citizenship, he vowed “to look into it.”

By advantage of her beginning in California, Harris, who’s the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is a natural-born U.S. citizen, that means she is allowed to be each president or vp.

The column about Harris was retweeted by Jenna Ellis, a Trump marketing campaign adviser.

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s marketing campaign, mentioned the president “was the nationwide chief of the grotesque, racist birther motion with respect to President Obama and has sought to gasoline racism and tear our nation aside on each single day of his presidency.”

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Trump was a leading voice within the “birther motion,” which insisted former president Barack Obama was constitutionally ineligible to function president as a result of he was not born within the U.S. He pushed the conspiracy concept notably exhausting in 2011, ultimately prompting the White Home to launch the president’s beginning certificates.

“So it’s unsurprising, however no much less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a idiot of himself straining to distract the American individuals from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his marketing campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies of their pathetic desperation,” Bates continued.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted: “White supremacy is a perception system based mostly on the concept ppl of coloration, esp Black ppl, are basically illegitimate as equal residents or human beings” and that questioning Harris’ citizenship “is a technique it manifests.”

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Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., tweeted: “Trump’s birtherism was racist in 2011. Trump’s birtherism is racist in 2020. It truly is that easy.”

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said that “the one factor” Trump has left is “racial grievance politics.”

Meghan McCain called the conspiracy concept a part of a “gross, darkish pattern in American politics about beginning qualification which is all clear and apparent.”

McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who ran because the Republican nominee towards Obama in 2008, famous that her father confronted related skepticism as he was born on a army base.

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Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee, posted, “We should communicate up and denounce this ‘unpatriotic’ assault on a fellow American citizen and the elected United States Senator from California.”

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden, tweeted, “That is what racism appears like.”

Contributing: Camille Caldera, William Cummings

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