Washington , Aug 14:
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has been hit by a “birther movement”, with US President Donald Trump saying he had heard that she does not meet the requirements to serve the White House.
Former US President Barack Obama was also hit by a birther movement, where his opponents questioned about the origin of his birth.
Born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, 55-year-old California senator, Harris, was named by Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday. If elected in the November presidential elections, Harris would be second in line of succession after Biden, who is the Democratic party’s presidential nominee.
As per the Constitution, the president needs to be born in the United States Harris is the first black, and first Indian-American and African-American to be selected for this second highest elected office in the country.
During the news conference, Trump said, “I would have assumed the Democrats would have check that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president but that’s a very serious — you are saying that they are saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country.” “I just heard about it. I will take a look,” Trump said responding to another question.
Describing this as an unnecessary controversy, National Finance Committee member of the Biden campaign Ajay Bhutoria said that Harris was born in Oakland in California on October 20 in 1964.
“Article Two of our Constitution dictates that a person born in the United States after 1787 be a ‘natural born citizen’ of the country . She is a natural born citizen and there is no question about her eligibility to run. This puts an end to discussion.
Kamala Harris, like many Americans, is the product of a multicultural family of immigrants, he said.
“Her mother, who travelled to the United States in 1958 to complete a master’s degree at UC Berkeley, was the daughter of an Indian civil servant who spent some of his career in Zambia, Bhutoria said.