It started, as these things often do, with a lie on Facebook. Soon after, a far right wing attorney – who happens to be the chairman of NOM, the anti-LGBTQ National Organization For Marriage – penned a widely-panned opinion piece Newsweek decided to publish.
From there, a reporter on Thursday asked President Donald Trump: Is U.S. Senator and presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris eligible to run for the White House?
Trump, who had thrown gasoline on the Obama racist birther fire for years, was only too happy to fuel these flames, attacking another duly-elected Senator running for the White House who also happens to be Black – and this time, a woman.
“I just heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” Trump told reporters, “And by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer,” Trump said of the NOM chairman, his voice rising just as it did in Helsinki.
“I have no idea if that’s right. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president. But that’s a very serious – you’re saying that – they’re saying she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country.”
Trump mischaracterized the lie – Harris was born in California – but fans the flames further by not definitively saying she is eligible – which she is.
Trump’s son-in-law and top White House advisor Jared Kushner appeared on “CBS This Morning” Friday and was asked about it.
Kushner defended Trump, falsely claiming he was not promoting the racist birther conspiracy theory.
“I personally have no reason to believe she’s not” eligible, Kushner said, adding, “at the end of the day, it’s something that’s out there.”
It’s only “out there” because of racism, birtherism, and lies.
Kushner could not bring himself to state the obvious, that Sen. Harris is a constitutionally-qualified candidate.
Anyone who wants to give Kushner a pass should know that just 12 hours earlier he was asked the same question on Fox News, and pretended he knew nothing about it. Fox News anchor Bret Baier schooled Kushner, telling him point-blank, “she was born in Oakland, California.”
Bret Baier gives Kushner a chance to denounce Birtherism 2.0… pic.twitter.com/sTEmlE0sQo
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 13, 2020
Kushner succeeded in adding more fuel to the fire – twice – and now Americans are furious.
Jared Kushner is a racist birther. https://t.co/efDOrW9TbR
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) August 14, 2020
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 14, 2020
Jared Kushner was not willing to say that Kamala Harris is a natural born American citizen and has every right to run for POTUS. He is the perfect son-in-law for corrupt tRump. Despicable people.
— Susan R Denis (@sdldenis) August 14, 2020
Jared Kushner is racist. Say it.
— aem7 (@aem7312) August 14, 2020
Just say “yes” and shut this racist shit down, you mealy-mouthed cornstalk. https://t.co/iNtPgZ8LtH
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) August 14, 2020
I’ve literally run out of expletives to describe my anger with all this.
— wandaful (@wickedangel60) August 14, 2020
a nice reminder that in Trump’s collection of creeps, crooks, and crackpots, Jared is in a whole slimy class of his own https://t.co/uMTXUeHXnE
— Patrick Dillon (@mpdillon) August 14, 2020
As President Trump promotes another birther conspiracy…this time against Kamala Harris…his son in law says “I will let his words speak for himself” https://t.co/poUhCw2nfd
— Ben Tracy (@benstracy) August 14, 2020
NEW: A day after President Trump declined to refute a racist conspiracy about Kamala Harris, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said the President was responding to “something that’s out there.” TO BE CLEAR: Harris is eligible to run and be VP. End of it.
— lisa mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) August 14, 2020
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