Courtesy of WaPo:
“It’s an open question, and one I think [Sen. Kamala D.] Harris should answer so the American people know for sure she is eligible.”
— Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis, in comments to ABC News, Aug. 13, 2020
“I heard it today that [Harris] 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. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out.”
— President Trump, in remarks to reporters, Aug. 13, 2020
A legal adviser and spokesperson for President Trump’s reelection campaign questioned the citizenship of Sen. Kamala D. Harris, a California native and the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president. Later in the day, Trump said Harris possibly “doesn’t meet the requirements” to serve as vice president.
Harris’s citizenship is not under any serious question, legal experts told us.
For years, and as a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump stoked the “birther” conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Now, the citizenship of another prominent African American politician is being challenged with no evidence.
Harris was born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 20, 1964. The 14th Amendment and a Supreme Court decision from 1898 give citizenship to people born in the territorial United States, according to constitutional law experts.
I am not going to lie when I first heard this pop up I thought it had to be a joke.
But nope, this is legitimately what the conservatives are grasping at right now.
And here I thought calling Harris a “mean girl” was lame.
Now I will admit that referring to Kamala Harris as an “African American” is incorrect.
Her mother is from India and her father is Jamaican so that label does not really fit.
However, Kamala Harris is just as American as you or I, assuming, of course, that you were born in this country.
I have no idea why the conservatives think this is a legitimate argument since it failed so embarrassingly against President Obama.
My thinking is that they are simply in a panic to find something that will stick and are trotting out every single attack they can imagine.
Well, keep looking folks, cause this ain’t it.