Trump fans false birther theory about Kamala Harris

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 15, 2020

Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The claims about Harris - who was born in the United States, making her constitutionally eligible to be both vice president and president - echo a baseless theory that Trump long promoted about his predecessor Barack Obama. "I have more Indians than she has", said Trump while speaking to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.

"I 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. "I have no idea if that's right".

In his Newsweek op-ed, Chapman University law professor John Eastman claimed some "commentators" said Ms Harris was ineligible as she was not a "natural-born citizen" as her parents were not naturalised United States citizens at the time of birth.

Harris, 55, was born in Oakland, California to a mother from India and a father from Jamaica.

"She is of Indian heritage".

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, 77, who on Tuesday named Harris as his running mate, blasted Trump's rhetoric Friday, with his campaign calling the false claim "abhorrent".

Eastman's article followed claims shared thousands of times on Facebook that Harris could not become president because her parents hailed from overseas.

According to the Constitution, any natural-born USA citizen over the age of 35 is eligible to be president or vice-president. They must also be at least 35 years old.

"Under Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, anyone born in the United States is a United States citizen. The Supreme Court has held this since the 1890s", he said.

Mr Trump was asked about "claims circulating on social media" that Ms Harris was not eligible and whether she met the legal requirements for vice-president.

This means, Super said in an email to AFP, that "someone who is not a native-born U.S. citizen, or someone who is not 35 years old, could not take office as vice president".

Mr Trump earned national political prominence by promoting the "birther" lie that Mr Obama, the US' first black president, was not born in the US.

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