Yes, Wing Nuts, Kamala Harris is constitutionally eligible to become vice president. Put your racist birtherism away.
Of course, the bogus claim originated on Facebook, which they pulled as part of their effort to ‘combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.’
Harris’ father and mother were born in Jamaica and India, respectively. But Harris herself is a natural-born citizen and eligible to be president of the United States.
“If you are born in the U.S., you are automatically a natural-born U.S. citizen under the constitution,” Harvard Law professor Einer Elhuage told PolitiFact in 2019.
Harris was born in Oakland, Calif., a spokesperson for her campaign told us that year, “which is, was, and presumably will be, in the United States of America.”
But those facts and our Constitution have not stopped Trump, his campaign, nor his Cult from going full throttle, racist birtherism.
Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis retweeted an op-ed written by law professor John Eastman in which he argues Harris is “not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood,” citing a fringe legal theory holding that children of temporary visitors to the country are not conferred citizenship even if they are born here.
Ellis is clearly trying to gin up controversy about whether Harris, a Black woman who is a natural-born citizen to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica, is actually an American citizen, and therefore eligible to serve as vice president.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.