In 2008, Barack Obama became the first black nominee on a national party presidential ticket in history. Donald Trump went on a “birther tour” after he was elected to convince Republican voters that he was not eligible to be president because he was born in Kenya, a scary African place. Trump and his supporters insisted that he wasn’t a natural born citizen even though he was a citizen at birth because his mother was because he was born on foreign soil.
He wasn’t. He was born in Hawaii, but Trump and his racist followers just wouldn’t accept it.
Now, Kamala Harris has become the first black woman nominee for Vice President on a national party ticket. She was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents who were in the country legally. Born on American soil, Harris was legally a full U.S. citizen at birth.
Suddenly, that doesn’t matter to Trump’s supporters as much as it once did. The birtherism argument has already begun.
On Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted that he has plenty of issues with Harris as a vice presidential nominee, but that none of them are related to her citizenship status. It’s noteworthy of him to say so, but hard to stomach after three and a half years of his supporter for the king of the birther movement.
Less crazed Republican lawmakers will face a deluge of supporters who buy into the conspiracy theories and make birtherism an issue in the 2020 elections. Having to deal with that conspiracy theory is no less than Republicans deserve.
Twitter wasn’t all that grateful for Graham’s attempt to distance himself from the crazies. Read some of their comments below:
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