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Trump fuels ‘birther’ conspiracy over Kamala

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WASHINGTON: On Thursday, US President Donald Trump brought to life right-wing conspiracy theories about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to run for vice presidency, saying he “heard today that she does not qualify” and that he “would take a look at what matters.
In a staggering echo of the ugly birth controversy that he amplified for years against former President Barack Obama, suggesting that he was not born in the United States, Trump tried to do the same against Harris, refusing to reject right-wing theories about his ineligibility. and instead describing a political pirate who wrote an unreliable essay on the subject as a “highly skilled and talented lawyer.”
In what was allegedly a hoax at the White House briefing, Trump was informed of “claims circulating on social media that Kamala Harris is not eligible to run for vice president because she was an ‘anchor baby'” , and was asked if he can definitely say whether or not Kamala Harris is eligible and meets the legal requirements to run for vice president.
Anchor baby is a derogatory term for a child born to immigrant parents and non-citizens in the U.S. Right-wing nativists have argued that since Kamala’s (Indian) mother and (Jamaican) father were not U.S. citizens when Born in Oakland, California, she is not eligible to become vice president.
Rather than dismissing the question as most legal and constitutional analysts have done outside the fringe elements, Trump said, “So, I just heard that. I heard today that she doesn’t qualify. And by the way, The attorney who wrote that article is a very highly skilled and talented attorney. I have no idea if that’s correct. I would have … I would have assumed that the Democrats would have checked it out before they elected her for vice president. ”
Also, she tried to put words in the reporter’s mouth saying, “But that’s very serious, are you saying that? Are they saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country?” The reporter corrected him saying: “No, she was born in this country, but the claims say that her parents did not receive their permanent residence at that time.”
Trump: Yes, I don’t know. I just figured out. I’ll take a look.
The Constitution of the United States says: “To serve as president, one must be at least 35 years old, have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years, and be a citizen by birth.” Constitutional scholars and legal experts say that there is no question that Kamala Harris is a Native citizen; The status of your parents is irrelevant to granting you automatic citizenship by virtue of your birth in the US.
The issue was also scrutinized during the time he ran for the Democratic nomination and there is no question about his eligibility, except among racists.
Major American media outlets bluntly denounced Trump’s antics. The Washington Post titled its fact-checking story “Trump Promotes False Claim Harris May Not Be a US Citizen” with a separate analysis titled “Trump Challenges the American Character of Another Non-White Candidate.” The New York Times headline was “Trump Fosters Racist Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris.”

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