Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was born in Oakland, California and is eligible to serve in the highest office in the land.
But President Donald Trump on Saturday refused to denounce the racist conspiracy theory that she may not be eligible.
The conspiracy theory, which Newsweek has walked back and apologized for publishing, has been thoroughly debunked.
Kamala Harris was born in California and is eligible for both the vice presidency and presidency. President Trump yesterday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory that she's not eligible. https://t.co/1Ks7VLn1L2
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2020
Here’s some of what people were saying about Trump’s latest racist birther conspiracy theory:
.@KellyO asks @RealDonaldTrump a clear question about declaring that @KamalaHarris is eligible to run for VP and he again won’t say it and praises the debunked lie propagated by the Newsweek column. Says he hasn’t looked into it. Ducks her persistent followup. Shameful
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 15, 2020
This is how he keeps these racist lies circulating among his tragically ill-informed followers. Every story needs to say, every time: Trump spreads racist lie, because he believes he will lose. Every time. Until he becomes obsessed with disavowing the lie.
— Joseph Robertson (@poet_economist) August 15, 2020
Trump is again promoting the racist birther lie about Kamala Harris. He called the Newsweek author "brilliant," and said "It's not something that bothers me. It's not something that we will be pursuing … you would've thought she would've been vetted by sleepy Joe."
— Jean Guerrero (@jeanguerre) August 15, 2020
Trump continues to push the racist birther conspiracy about Kamala Harris.
He just refused to say that Kamala Harris is eligible (she is) and he praised the racist, debunked Newsweek column.
Kamala Harris was born in California. She is eligible. It is racist to say otherwise.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 15, 2020
Trump asked directly if Harris is eligible to be VP, but continues to avoid denouncing the baseless and racist theory: "The lawyer happens to be a brilliant lawyer… He wrote an article saying it could be a problem. It's not something that I'm going to be pursuing."
— Justin Gomez (@JustinGomezABC) August 15, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump STILL PUSHING THE BIRTHER STUFF
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 15, 2020
Asked if he'll say Harris is eligible (she is), Trump says, "So I have nothing to do with that. I read something about it, and I will say he is a brilliant lawyer, I guess he wrote an article about it." He adds of Harris serving: "It's not something that bothers me."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 15, 2020
This is the same way Trump pushed the birther conspiracy during the Obama administration, laying it on "some people say"
Here again he refuses to say Kamala Harris is eligible to run for VP "If she has a problem you would have thought she would have been vetted by sleepy Joe" pic.twitter.com/O93SyIYQrg
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) August 15, 2020
No one can believe this GOP senator’s embarrassing ad is real
Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is in a tough race to keep her seat, and at least so far, it seems she’s not sending her best.
Her latest ad baffled many observers, prompting some to genuinely question whether the clip was real. It’s production quality and corniness are so over the top and unprofessional, it’s hard to believe it’s from a sitting senator. And the messaging itself is so hamfisted and unsubtle that it’s hard to imagine it’s an appealing ad for voters, even in Republican-leaning Georgia.
The ad starts with a couple sitting on a sofa talking about how conservative Loeffler is. OK. But then it goes off the rails when it literally says that Loeffler is “more conservative than Attila the Hun.” Yes, really. And it only gets worse.
Republicans’ naked power grab will unwind the legal framework of the majority — and replace it with minority rule
The big story today is big indeed: how and when the seat on the Supreme Court, now open because of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, will be filled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced within an hour of the announcement of Ginsburg’s passing that he would move to replace her immediately. Trump says he will announce his pick for the seat as early as Tuesday.
Democrats are crying foul. Their immediate complaint is that after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016, McConnell refused even to meet with President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, on the grounds that it was inappropriate to confirm a Supreme Court justice in an election year. He insisted voters should get to decide on who got to nominate the new justice. This “rule” was invented for the moment: in our history, at least 14 Supreme Court justices have been nominated and confirmed during an election year. (Three more were nominated in December, after an election.)
Democrats reveal huge fundraising hauls in Senate races after RBG’s death
Small donor contributions to Democratic Senate campaigns have skyrocketed after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"From Alaska to Maine to the Carolinas, Democratic strategists working on Senate campaigns described a spontaneous outpouring of donations the likes of which they had never seen, allowing Democrats the financial freedom to broaden the map of pickup opportunities, or press their financial advantage in top battlegrounds already saturated with advertising," The New York Times reported Monday.