This is an example of the despicable fake news that Trump has been calling out since before he was elected:
Fact check: Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris
Facts First: Harris was born in Oakland, California. She meets the Constitution's requirements to serve as vice president or president. There is no serious question about this. https://t.co/WFogDiTlID pic.twitter.com/7sVVuo9eiE
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2020
“Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris” is what CNN breathlessly tweets. But the problem is he never promoted it. Instead he was simply asked about it by a reporter in the press conference yesterday (cued up to 38:39):
Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
Q There are claims circulating on social media that Kamala Harris is not eligible to be — to run for Vice President because she was an “anchor baby,” I quote. Do you or can you definitively say whether or not Kamala Harris is eligible — legal — and meets the legal requirements to run as Vice President?
THE PRESIDENT: So, I just heard that. I 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’ve — I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for Vice President.
THE PRESIDENT: But that’s a very serious — you’re saying that — they’re saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country?
Q No, she was born in this country, but her parents did not — the claims say that her parents did not receive their permanent residence at that time.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I don’t know about it. I just heard about it. I’ll take a look.
Trump isn’t promoting this at all. In fact he says twice that he doesn’t know if it’s even true, suggesting that the Democrats would have likely made sure she was qualified before choosing her to run for VP.
He NEVER promotes it, but that doesn’t stop CNN and one of their hack hosts, Don Lemon, from doing a whole segment accusing Trump of starting up another birtherism attack on Kamala:
I guarantee you this was the entire point of the question by this unknown reporter in the briefing yesterday, to set Trump up for fake news headlines so the leftist fake news media, like Don Lemon, could once again accuse him of another birther attack. It’s loathsome.