That old-time Birther music

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I wondered, in another thread, if the President would pick up on a recent argument in Newsweek that Harris isn't really a US citizen just because she was born here. And here's the morning paper!


"WASHINGTON — 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.

That assertion is false. Ms. Harris is eligible to serve.

Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters on Thursday, nevertheless pushed forward with the attack, reminiscent of the lie he perpetrated for years that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

“I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” Mr. Trump said of Ms. Harris.

“I have no idea if that’s right,” he added. “I would have thought, I would have assumed, that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president.”

Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to a widely discredited [link to Newsweek and article about citizenship] a conservative lawyer who has long argued that the United States Constitution does not grant birthright citizenship. 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.

But Mr. Trump was in effect revisiting an old tactic: spreading a race-based and anti-immigrant crusade he began nearly a decade ago, when he began sowing distrust in the background of Mr. Obama, who was born in Hawaii."

There's more to the article than I'm bothering to quote.

This election is starting to sound more and more like the last one. Obama was denounced as Muslim because his father was, and besides, Republicans didn't like the liberation theology preaching of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. (Nothing says Muslim like attending a church whose pastor isn't grateful for how good blacks have it in America.) Does she have a church whose pastor we don't like? Has she ever traveled to a Muslim country?

This must be wonderfully soothing music to the ears of those who thought Obama just couldn't really be American, what with a funny name and a Hawaiian birth certificate and a black skin. As President Trump later pointed out, what's Hawaii anyway? Some island in the Pacific.

We're halfway back to 2016 already. Groundhog Day in campaigning. What next? Mexico will pay for a wall?



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