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Trump Questions Kamala Harris’s Eligibility, Echoing Racist Conspiracy Theory About Obama

HeadlineAug 14, 2020

President Trump on Thursday questioned whether Kamala Harris is eligible to become vice president, after a Trump campaign official retweeted a column by a right-wing legal scholar arguing she’s ineligible to run because both her parents were immigrants to the United States. This is Trump speaking at a White House press briefing Thursday.

President Donald Trump: “So, I just heard that. I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements.”

In fact, Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, in 1964 and is a U.S. citizen eligible to run for vice president. Trump’s remarks have been compared to his past support for “birtherism” — a racist and discredited conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. 

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