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Trump Promises to ‘Take a Look’ at Bogus Kamala Harris Birther Claim

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In a move that reeked of the birtherism, racism, and xenophobia that helped elevate him to office, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s “heard” that Sen. Kamala Harris may not “meet the requirements” to appear on the Democratic presidential ticket and vowed to “take a look” at the claim when someone asked the president if Harris is somehow not a natural born citizen

Rather than immediately shutting down the birther conspiracy theory that erupted in the wake of Joe Biden’s pick of Harris as his VP, Trump appeared to lean into the baseless rumor when asked about it by a reporter at Thursday’s press briefing. 

“I have no idea if that’s right, I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president,” Trump said “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?” 

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