Trump’s birther lie about Kamala Harris magnifies racist themes of his campaign

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(CNN) President Donald Trump once again drove the dignity of the American presidency into the ditch this week by raising a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris, elevating the efforts of the alt-right to portray her as “other” because of her mixed-race heritage.

It was not surprising that Trump would try to exploit Harris’ background for personal gain given that he is running the most racially-charged presidential campaign that America has seen since the 1968 run of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

After all, he elevated his own stature from the realm of a New York gadfly to the mainstream of American politics by trafficking lies about the eligibility of President Barack Obama, who was the nation’s first Black president.

Trump reverts to stereotypes as campaign fumbles to respond to Harris pick
Trump reverts to stereotypes as campaign fumbles to respond to Harris pick
But it was a sickening spectacle to watch the President of the United States use a podium at the White House to question whether the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee — who was born in Oakland, California, and is the first Black and South Asian American woman on a major party ticket — might somehow be ineligible for the post. It was a clear attempt by Trump to stir controversy and divert attention from his inept handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the more than 168,000 American deaths.

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