Kamala Harris’ citizenship under scrutiny, Sen. Graham breaks with conspiracy theory

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., looks up as she signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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UPDATED 11:11 AM PT – Friday, August 14, 2020

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is breaking with a popular conspiracy theory regarding Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).  In a string of tweets Friday, Graham said he disagrees with Harris on “plenty of issues” and called her one of the most liberal members of the Senate.

However, he noted one issue that is not up for debate is her status as a legal American citizen.

Graham’s comments came after President Trump discussed the theory with a reporter during a press conference at the White House this week.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Harris is a California native and U.S. citizen by birth, however, her eligibility for the vice presidency is being questioned. It all stemmed from an op-ed published in Newsweek by legal scholar John Eastman on Wednesday.

Eastman wrote, “Harris was not subject to the complete jurisdiction of the United States at birth, but instead owed her allegiance to a foreign power or powers. Jamaica in the case of her father and India in the case of her mother, and was therefore not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood.”

The legal scholar’s argument hinges on the second clause of the 14th Amendment. It states not only must a person be born in the U.S. to be considered a citizen, but they must also be subject to “the jurisdiction thereof.”

Eastman argued because both of Harris’ parents were not citizens of the U.S. at the time of her birth, she technically wasn’t subject to the nation’s jurisdictions. He drove home the point by acknowledging the nation’s view on the citizenship mandate has changed and admitting that nowadays it’s believed anyone born on U.S. soil, no matter the circumstances, should be granted citizenship.

However, he argued that’s not what our founding fathers intended. Eastman noted that such logic goes against the second clause of the 14th Amendment.

Many have slammed the article as “racist” and baseless. President Trump, however, has left the door open for debate.

“She doesn’t meet the requirements and, by the way, the lawyer who wrote that piece is a very highly-qualified, a very talented lawyer,” stated the president. “I would have thought, I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice-president.”

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