MAGA Is Back With A New Birther Conspiracy Against Kamala Harris
Jacob Wohl, a right-wing troll, is trying to make himself in Donald Trump’s image, setting his sights on presidential nominee Kamala Harris
(D-CA) after failing to smear Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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A conspiracy theorist and former columnist for the website The Gateway Pundit, Wohl falsely suggests that Harris is not an American citizen. In a tweet on Tuesday, he said that Harris should be disqualified from the race because her parents were not born in the U.S.
The oh-no-not-again attack resembled Trump’s racist “birther” claim against President Barack Obama, which brought Trump just the type of attention he was craving and helped create his base years before he actually ran for president.
Harris was born in Oakland, California.
Twitter users quickly made Wohl a laughing stock
Regardless of Harris’ parents’ status, being born in Oakland grants her American citizenship by the birthright clause in the 14th Amendment. This interpretation of the Constitution has been the law of the land since a Supreme Court decision in the 1890s.
“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States,” Article II of the U.S. Constitution reads.
“Wohl appears to be citing the 5-year waiting period required for permanent residents to apply for naturalization in the United States to become full-fledged citizens,” according to Talking Points Memo.
Wohl’s conspiracy theory about Harris begged comparisons with Obama, and that may not be a bad thing.
Trump began promoting the birther theory in 2011, according to CNBC. He said that Obama might not want to show proof of his birthplace because “maybe it says he’s a Muslim.”
Conservative CNN analyst Ana Navarro, a Republican who publicly opposes Trump, retweeted Wohl’s post, writing: “Here we go again with the ‘birther’ crap. Same drummed-up charge used against Obama to question his citizenship and legitimacy. Hmmmmm…..I wonder what Obama and @KamalaHarris have in common?”
In her new memoir, “Becoming,” former first lady Michelle Obama said she will never forgive Trump for spreading the birther conspiracy about her husband. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk,” she wrote, according to Washington Post.