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




  • In Business
  • 2020-08-14 02:36:20Z
  • By USA TODAY
\
\'Unsurprising, but no less abhorrent\': Reaction to Trump\'s comments about Sen. Harris\' eligibility to be VP  

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers and pundits Thursday criticized President Donald Trump for entertaining questions raised about the eligibility of Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., to run for vice president as "very serious."

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's choice of Harris as his running mate was historic, making her the first Black woman and first Asian American person on a major party's presidential ticket.

Trump was asked about a column from a conservative law professor who questioned her eligibility, and responded, "I just heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements and by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer."

Trump continued that he has "no idea" whether the online birther lies are true, and asked the reporter if she was saying Harris wouldn't qualify because the Senator "wasn't born in this country?"

Fact check: Kamala Harris is a natural-born U.S. citizen and eligible to serve as president

After the reporter clarified the conspiracy was based on her supposed ineligibility because of her parents' citizenship, he vowed "to look into it."

By virtue of her birth in California, Harris, who is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents, is a natural-born U.S. citizen, meaning she is allowed to be both president or vice president.

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

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden's campaign, said the president "was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency."

Fact check: Kamala Harris does not want to institute Sharia law

Trump was a leading voice in the "birther movement," which insisted former president Barack Obama was constitutionally ineligible to serve as president because he was not born in the U.S. He pushed the conspiracy theory particularly hard in 2011, eventually prompting the White House to release the president's birth certificate.

"So it's unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation," Bates continued.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted: "White supremacy is a belief system based on the idea that ppl of color, esp Black ppl, are fundamentally illegitimate as equal citizens or human beings" and that questioning Harris' citizenship "is one way it manifests."

More: Tense and teasing online moments lead up to Joe Biden's announcement on Kamala Harris

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., tweeted: "Trump's birtherism was racist in 2011. Trump's birtherism is racist in 2020. It really is that simple."

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said that "the only thing" Trump has left is "racial grievance politics."

Meghan McCain called the conspiracy theory part of a "gross, dark trend in American politics about birth qualification which is all clear and obvious."

McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who ran as the Republican nominee against Obama in 2008, noted that her father faced similar skepticism as he was born on a military base.

More: Biden urges mandatory face-mask order for next three months in effort to save 40,000 lives

Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, posted, "We must speak up and denounce this 'unpatriotic' attack on a fellow American citizen and the elected United States Senator from California."

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden, tweeted, "This is what racism sounds like."

Contributing: Camille Caldera, William Cummings

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Reaction to Trump's comments about baseless Harris birther conspiracy

COMMENTS

More Related News

President Trump and siblings sued for fraud by family member
President Trump and siblings sued for fraud by family member

Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, accuses them of cheating her out of million in her inheritance.

White House says Trump will accept results of November election
White House says Trump will accept results of November election
  • US
  • 2020-09-24 17:38:09Z

Donald Trump will accept the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election, the White House said on Thursday, a day after the Republican president drew criticism for refusing to commit to accepting those results. "The president will accept the results of a free and fair election," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a news briefing when pressed on Trump's comments on Wednesday, which prompted fellow Republicans in Congress to convey support for a peaceful transition of power.

Trump deserves
Trump deserves 'fair chance' to challenge subpoena for tax returns: filing
  • US
  • 2020-09-24 15:53:43Z

U.S. President Donald Trump made a final push to keep his tax returns away from Manhattan's top prosecutor, as his lawyers said the U.S. president deserves a "fair chance" to show a subpoena for the returns was overbroad and issued in bad faith. Trump's lawyers made the argument on Thursday in a filing with the federal appeals court in Manhattan.

Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, sues U.S. president and family for fraud
Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, sues U.S. president and family for fraud
  • US
  • 2020-09-24 15:42:16Z

The complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan against Donald Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, and the estate of his brother Robert Trump, who died in August, accused the defendants of "rampant fraud" and conspiracy. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer who had represented Robert Trump did not immediately respond to a similar request.

U.S. broadcasting chief defies congressional subpoena, skips hearing
U.S. broadcasting chief defies congressional subpoena, skips hearing
  • US
  • 2020-09-24 15:17:56Z

President Donald Trump's appointee as head of U.S. government broadcasting operations failed to appear at a House of Representatives hearing on Thursday, defying a committee subpoena amid concern over editorial independence at the agency. A series of firings shortly after Michael Pack took over as head of the agency overseeing Voice of America and other state-run media around the world raised concern from both Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans about traditionally independent U.S. outlets. Among other actions, Pack, a conservative filmmaker, removed the heads of four organizations under the Agency for Global Media (AGM) umbrella: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia,...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Business