John Eastman, in his controversial opinion piece for Newsweek, argues, “Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalised US citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to commentators, makes her not a ‘natural born citizen’ – and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.”
While Newsweek apologised for this piece in an ‘Editor’s Note’ attached to the same article, which is still online, the claim itself has been effectively debunked by constitutional experts. Harris was born in Oakland, California, on 20 October 1964. The 14th Amendment reads: “All persons born or naturalised in the US, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the US and of the State wherein they reside.”
Meanwhile, the Joe Biden campaign sent a scathing statement in response to President Trump stoking the false conspiracy theory, saying that he had “sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart” and was resorting to “wretched, demonstrably false lies”, reported USA Today.
“The VP has the same eligibility requirements as the president,” Juliet Sorensen, a law professor at Northwestern University, told Associated Press. She added, ”Kamala Harris, she has to be a natural-born citizen, at least 35 years old, and a resident in the US for at least 14 years. She is. That’s really the end of the inquiry.”