President Donald Trump pushed a racist birther conspiracy theory against Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday.
But unlike when Trump pushed birtherism against President Barack Obama, the press immediately labeled the conspiracy theory as racist.
“President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics,” is how the Associated Press reported on Trump’s comments. “The conspiracy is false. Harris, who was tapped this week by Joe Biden to serve as his running mate on the Democratic ticket, was born in Oakland, California, and is eligible to be president under the constitutional requirements. The question is not even considered complex, according to lawyers who have reviewed her circumstances.”
The AP was not alone.
“President Trump on Thursday encouraged a racist conspiracy theory that is rampant among some of his followers: that Senator Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice-presidential nominee born in California, was not eligible for the vice presidency or presidency because her parents were immigrants,” The New York Times reported. “That assertion is false; Ms. Harris is eligible to serve.”
“Mr. Trump appeared to be referencing a widely discredited op-ed written in Newsweek by John C. Eastman, a conservative attorney who has long argued that the United States Constitution does not grant birthright citizenship, as proof. Ms. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, was born in 1964 in Oakland, Calif., several years after her parents arrived in the United States,” the newspaper explained.
Though The Washington Post did not refer to Trump’s birtherism as racist, it did label the attacks a “false conspiracy.”
“Trump, who was a leader of the unfounded birther conspiracy about former president Barack Obama, piled on to similar conspiracies about Harris,” the newspaper reported. “Harris was born in Oakland, Calif.”
Here’s how other’s described Trump’s comments.
“In a move that reeked of the birtherism, racism, and xenophobia that helped elevate him to office, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s “heard” that Sen. Kamala Harris may not ‘meet the requirements’ to appear on the Democratic presidential ticket and vowed to ‘take a look’ at the claim when someone asked the president if Harris is somehow not a natural born citizen,” The Daily Beast reported. “The questions about Harris are without merit.”
“Racist birther conspiracy,” is how New York Magazine described it.
We called out Trump’s return to birtherism immediately. https://t.co/SF3QmYUTlE
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 14, 2020
Holy shit. Trump pushes a baseless, birther-style theory about Kamala Harris that holds she's not a citizen because birthright citizenship isn't a thing.
"I just heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements … I have no idea if that's right." pic.twitter.com/ZIXYrleuVf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2020
Lincoln Project takes out huge ad buy in military publications to highlight Trump’s failures
On Tuesday, the Lincoln Project issued a press release announcing a massive ad buy on the Stars & Stripes and Military Times network of publications, aiming ads at servicemembers and veterans to remind them of President Donald Trump's lack of respect for the troops.
“It’s a complete disgrace that a Commander-in-Chief who dodged serving in Vietnam and denigrated POW's publicly has the audacity to disrespect the millions of brave men and women who volunteered for military service,” said Lincoln Project veteran's affairs adviser Fred Wellman. “President Trump has allowed Russia to put bounties on the heads of our brave service members and sought favor with our enemies. The Lincoln Project is taking this message directly to the military community so that every service member, veteran, and their families know the truth about Donald Trump’s betrayal of America’s troops.”
Lindsey Graham rails at Dems after flip-flop on court vacancy: ‘They would do this in a New York minute’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted on Tuesday that Republicans already have the votes needed to confirm President Donald Trump's eventual Supreme Court nominee.
During an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, Graham defended changing his 2016 pledge not to confirm a Supreme Court nomination in an election year.
According to Graham, the Democrats' treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh caused him to rethink his position.
"The whole game has changed," he explained. "If the shoe were on the other foot, [Democrats] would do this in a New York minute."
"It really pissed me off what they would do to Brett," Graham continued. "I've known him for 20 years."
Chaotic White House made worse by ‘incompetent’ Trump who rarely shows up for work: report
According to Playboy magazine senior White House correspondent Brian Karem -- who has seen it first hand -- Donald Trump is an absentee president who puts in little time at his job and, when he does, has no idea what he is supposed to be doing.
Writing for the conservative Bulwark, Karem said Trump is more than just "Putin's puppet," he is "incompetent" and therefore dangerous.
As Karem see it, the public is inundated with reports about the president's "bombast, wild claims, misogyny, racism, lies, greed and avarice" but what should be more concerning is his inability to fulfill the basic responsibilities of his office.