US President Donald Trump said, Thursday evening, that he had heard that the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the race for the White House, Kamala Harris, was ineligible for the position, making misleading accusations reminiscent of the "birthplace" theory that he promoted about Barack Obama.
At a White House press conference, Trump was asked about "allegations circulating on social media" that Harris is ineligible, and whether he can say she meets the legal requirements for a vice president.
"I heard today that it does not meet the requirements. By the way, the attorney who wrote the article is very competent, very talented attorney. I have no idea if that is true," Trump said. "I assume that the Democrats examined the matter before choosing a candidate for the vice presidency," he added.
But I consider the issue "extremely dangerous. You say that they say that she is not qualified because she was not born in this country."
The journalist responded, saying that Harris was born in the United States, but her parents may not have permanent residency at the time.
Trump was apparently referring to an article published in "Newsweek" magazine by a conservative law professor, who mistakenly said that the California senator was ineligible for vice president or president due to her parents' immigration status when she was born.
Harris was born in Oakland, California, in 1964 to a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
Trump has been known for spreading the false information that Obama, the first black president of the United States, was not born in the United States.
He reluctantly acknowledged late in his 2016 campaign that Obama was born in the United States.
In his article in Newsweek, John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University, wrote that some "commentators" said that Harris was ineligible because she was not a "citizen by birth" because her parents were not US citizens at birth.
According to the constitution, any American by birth over the age of 35 is entitled to run for president or vice president of the United States.
Constitutional law expert Erwin Chemirinsky told CBS news that the allegations about Harris were "a really absurd argument."
In an email sent by the Dean of the College of Law at the University of California Berkeley to CBS, he clarified that, “Under Article 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, any person born in the United States is an American citizen. And the Supreme Court has maintained that since the last decade of the century. Nineteenth: Kamala Harris was born in the United States.
He said, "Some conservatives, like John Eastman, think it's wrong and that giving birth in the country is not enough." "It is clear that they are wrong according to the text of the Fourteenth Amendment and the precedent of the Supreme Court," he added.
Eastman's article was published the day after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his choice of Harris on his vice president ticket. She is the first black woman to be nominated by a major party.
Lawrence H. Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, considered Eastman's opinion "insignificant."
Tribe added to the New York Times, "I did not want to comment on that because it is" stupid theory, that's all. "