In a sensational spin to the race to the White House, US President Donald Trump has stoked a ‘birther conspiracy’ to suggest that Joe Biden’s running mate, 55-year-old Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is not eligible to become the Vice President of the United States of America. Kamala is the first Black woman and the first Asian American woman on a major party ticket.
Addressing a press conference, President Trump said, “I just heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements and by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer. 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.”
President Trump was responding to media queries in the backdrop of having read an op-ed piece written by John Eastman, a conservative attorney and a law professor at the Chapman University in Calfornia, who says that the US Constitution doesn’t grant citizenship to all people born in the US.
Incidentally, Jenna Ellis, a senior lawyer in President’s reelection campaign ‘s team, had shared the op-ed piece hours before Trump’s media conference. The op-ed piece was published in Newsweek.
Is Kamala Harris ineligible to be Vice President under the U.S. Constitution’s “Citizenship Clause”? https://t.co/wDj5ijpfjC
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 13, 2020
The ‘birther conspiracy’ is not new to the United States. Former US President Barack Obama was also hit by a birther movement with his opponents questioning about the origin of his birth. In 2015, Trump’s presidential campaign repeatedly raised the issue of President Obama’s religion and birthplace.
Prof Eastman while putting forth his arguments referred Article II of the US Constitution’s wording which says that “no person except a natural born citizen… shall be eligible to the office of President”.
Daughter of an Indian mother from Chennai, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was a cancer researcher and passed away in 2009, and Jamaican father Donald Harris, who teaches economics at Stanford University, Kamala grew up believing in the promise of America and fighting to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans.
My mother always use to say, “Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.” I dearly wish she were here with us this week. pic.twitter.com/RHO2VnlZs4
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 13, 2020
Whether this fresh controversy will impact Kamala’s Vice Presidential run only time will tell.