It hasn’t even been a week since Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced a bid for presidency in 2020 and already racists are at it with the infamous birther conspiracy theory.
The “theory” began with Trump-supporting, failed hedge fund investor and alleged thief Jacob Wohl. Wohl apparently took to Twitter to “expose” Harris as being a non-American. In a tweet, which lacked any semblance of proper punctuation, he “announced” that she was ineligible to be president.
The tweet is essentially untruthful. Although her father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian, Harris is, in fact, an American born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 20, 1964. Research is obviously not Wohl’s strong suit. Harris moved to Montreal when she was in middle school due to her mother’s job. A simple Google search on the requirements to be a U.S. president would have given him all the information he needed.
As it stands, the second article of the U.S. Constitution states that only a “natural-born citizen” may become the president of the United States. The 14th amendment to the US constitution elaborates on what it means to be a U.S. citizen: “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.”
It’s also important to note the meaning and importance of birthright citizenship: anyone born on U.S. soil and subject to its jurisdiction is a natural-born citizen, regardless of parental citizenship. This was determined by the Supreme Court in 1898.
This isn’t the first time Wohl has spread false information. In 2018, he was the source behind the alleged sexual assault claims against special counsel Robert Mueller. Those claims turned out to be false, as well.