WASHINGTON D.C. — (08-14-20) — During President Donald Trump‘s press briefing on Thursday, he praised a Newsweek columnist’s pushing a birther lie on vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, who pushed the birther narrative claiming that Harris was somehow ineligible to run as a vice presidential nominee because she is a “anchor baby”.
Trump called it a “very serious claim,” but said he has “no idea if that’s right.” However that didn’t stop him from giving the impression that it needs to be investigated.
An op-ed by Claremont Institute’s John Eastman had the balls to offer his readers up a highly tortured interpretation of what a “natural-born citizen” si in the U.S. Constitution. Implying that because Harris’ parents were not born in the United States, she might not qualify to be president.
The column sparked immediate backlash from both the GOP and DNC. Newsweek ultimately added an editor’s note claiming the op-ed has “nothing to do with racist birtherism,” Harris was born in Oakland, California, and is eligible to be president as a natural-born United States citizen.” said Newseek in their attempt to clean up the mess they’ve sturred up.
The ironic thing is that Eastman has history with Kamala Harris as he ran and lost n 2010, the Republican primary for California’s attorney general.
On Thursday President Trump was asked: “There are claims circulating around social media that Kamala Harris is not eligible to run for vice president,” a reporter asked. “Can you definitely say if Kamala Harris makes the legal requirements to run as Vice President?”
Trump responded with…“So I just heard that,” Trump said. “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements. By the way, the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, highly talented lawyer. I have no idea if that’s right, I would’ve assumed the Democrats would’ve checked that out before she gets chosen to run for Vice President. That’s very serious, they’re saying she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country?”
When the reporter clarified that she was born in this country, but her parents weren’t, Trump responded by saying “I don’t know about it, I just heard about it. I will take a look.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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