Day 1,303: Trump refuses to walk back racist lie that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be president

2 min readAug 15, 2020

With Barack Obama, Donald Trump racistly screamed from every rooftop that Obama was secretly born in Kenya and therefore ineligible to be president.

Proven wrong about Obama, Trump is going with a similar playbook for Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), falsely claiming she might not be able to “meet the requirements” of holding the top job.

President Donald Trump on Thursday promoted a false and racist theory that Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman of color on a major political party general election ticket, and who was born in California, is not eligible to be vice president because her parents were immigrants.

“I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” the president said when asked by a reporter, while also boosting the credentials of the author of a widely panned op-ed highlighting the theory as a “very highly qualified, very talented lawyer.”

“I have no idea if that’s right, I would’ve — I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president. That’s very serious,” the president said, echoing previous racist attacks the president made on former President Barack Obama, falsely questioning his birth certificate and the legitimacy of the first Black U.S. president.

More than 24 hours have passed since Trump made the comments about Harris. Predictably, there have been no apologies, no walk back, no anything from Trump. Similarly, comments from Republicans on the topic have been scarce.

Obama is Black.

Harris is Black.

Trump is a historic racist.

There is a not-so-subtle connection between Trump’s lies about Obama and Trump’s lies about Harris.

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