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8/14/2020

Trump Raises Doubts About Whether Kamala Harris Is Eligible To Be Vice-President

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:21 am



[guest post by Dana]

No one should be surprised that Trump would choose this tactic once again to raise suspicions about Kamala Harris, who was born in the US to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, and whether she is eligible to be the vice-president:

“I just heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements and by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer.

“I have no idea if that’s right. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice-president.

“But that’s a very serious, you’re saying that, they’re saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country.”

The reporter replied there was no question that Ms Harris was born in the US, simply that her parents might not have been permanent US residents at the time.

“I don’t know about it,” Trump said. “I just heard about it. I’ll take a look.”

It’s interesting to note the order in which Trump comments, and how he comments for the benefit of his base. First, he says that he heard she doesn’t meet the requirements (to be vice-president), then follows that with praise for John C. Eastman, the lawyer who wrote the op-ed that got the birther 2.0 ball rolling for Trump. The President then tries to appear as if he has a neutral, hands-off position in this, by saying that he has no idea if the claim is true. Me, I’m just a bystander! Except that he immediately follows that by raising doubts about whether Democrats did their due diligence on behalf of the American people to actually make sure Harris meets eligibility requirements. How can we really know they did what they were supposed to do?? This is followed by his attempt to link the very seriousness of the matter with the double-false claim that Harris doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country. Moreover, he doesn’t know about it, yet he will take a look at it??? The only reason he would say that he will “take a look at it” is to gin up suspicion in his base that Harris doesn’t meet the requirements and to instill the belief that the Democrats are trying to pull a fast one on the American people. Oh, please.

Trump’s senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis got into the act as well by pushing doubts about Harris’s eligibility. She took it a step further though by telling ABC News that

…she believes Harris’ citizenship is “an open question, and one I think Harris should answer so the American people know for sure she is eligible.”

You can read Eugene Volokh’s counter to Eastman’s op-ed here. He lays out the history of the legal standards for eligibility and determines that the American people can be assured that Harris is indeed eligible to be the vice-president.

While Harris herself has not publicly commented on the President’s provocation, Biden’s campaign released a statement:

“Donald Trump was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency,” Biden rapid response director Andrew Bates told Fox News in a statement. “So it’s unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation.”

Every Republican in Congress should publicly condemn the President for pushing this nonsense because it is not representative of the GOP (or at least, once upon a time), but they won’t because unfortunately, we’ve already seen a large swath of Republicans across the country happily provide a home for birtherism, and the tactic paid off handsomely. So why would Republicans condemn it now when the presidential election is a mere 82 days away?

P.S. At least Sen. Lindsey Graham, while avoiding taking the President head-on, reiterates that Harris is indeed an American citizen, therefore eligible to be the vice-president.

–Dana

105 Responses to “Trump Raises Doubts About Whether Kamala Harris Is Eligible To Be Vice-President”

  1. God, Trump is just so predictable.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. Has anybody ever seen Trump’s birth certificate?

    I know Trump’s mother was British. I know his grandfather was stripped of his citizenship for draft evasion. Has anybody investigated whether his father, Fred, renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid the WWII draft? I’m not sure, but I don’t think anybody has.

    nk (1d9030)

  3. Ideologically not on a bet, but there was so much ass kissing about obama on that score a viral plague we havent recovered.

    The other thing meh,

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  4. He has nothing to say to, and nothing to offer, anyone who doesn’t already slavishly worship him.

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. I thought Fred was beyond draft age (b. 1905) for WW2, he was of prime fighting age during his arrest at the Klan rally in 1925. Plus Fred the 3rd had been born in 1938 and perhaps the judge sister by then.

    urbanleftbehind (cd265d)

  6. It’s all nonsense on stilts…Harris’ parents were legal residence and were not diplomats or foreign invaders.

    Harris’ is a natural born citizen, full-stop.

    Like I said in previous thread…this is the same schtick the media went through when Ted Cruz was running in 2016 primary. Not that it excuses Trump (and et. el.) for bringing this up.

    Both Biden and Harris has PLENTY of other negatives to hammer them on, and this crap just noise.

    whembly (c30c83)

  7. “Yeah, the birther movement is a Trump thing. Totally.”

    The existence of other birthers doesn’t diminish Trump’s contributions.

    Davethulhu (0b60de)

  8. Added to post:

    Every Republican in Congress should publicly condemn the President for pushing this nonsense because it is not representative of the GOP (or at least, once upon a time), but they won’t because unfortunately, we’ve already seen a large swath of Republicans across the country happily provide a home for birtherism, and the tactic paid off handsomely. So why would Republicans condemn it now when the presidential election is a mere 82 days away?

    P.S. At least Sen. Lindsey Graham, while avoiding taking the President head-on, reiterates that Harris is indeed an American citizen, therefore eligible to be the vice-president

    Dana (292df6)

  9. Of all people, Ted Cruz should step up to the plate and condemn this.

    Dana (292df6)

  10. Let the anti-American/anti-common sense statements by Democrat candidates be highlighted and demands for denunciations begin…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. Of all people, Ted Cruz should step up to the plate and condemn this

    You’re not wrong, but no one ever went bankrupt betting on the depths of Ted’s depravity.

    (Not That) Bill O'Reilly (6bb12a)

  12. The Bobby Ewing incident equivalent?

    http://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-brother-hospitalized-york-sources-140800722.html

    urbanleftbehind (cd265d)

  13. Trump’s answer was semi-clever but still transparent as all get out. The interesting thing is that he “heard” about the Eastman piece, which means he didn’t read it. The other interesting thing is that Trump chose to answer that question but not this one.
    Unfortunately, Trump’s position is representative of my party, which is a point in the “blow up the GOP instead of reform it” column.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  14. It looks to me like Republican It-Girl and Trump-lover Nikki Haley is in *exactly* the same situation as Harris, with regard to any doubts about her eligibility.

    Both of Haley’s parents, who were Indian citizens, moved to the US in 1969, when her father got a job as a professor. Nikki was born three years later, in 1972.

    While I haven’t found any information about the details of her parents’ immigration history, it seems likely they weren’t yet permanent residents, much less citizens, at the time of her birth…

    Dave (1bb933)

  15. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection agrees.

    Rip Murdock (36e2c3)

  16. This being Newsweek, there had to be the obligatory weasel editor’s note at the head of Eastman’s op-ed.

    Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. That is entirely inaccurate, as this Note explains.

    The Note, which they link to essentially says “No, Eastman isn’t a racist conspiracy nut, but those who subscribe to birtherism against anyone Democrats is.”

    beer ‘n pretzels (477d53)

  17. Wow…Clinesmith is being charged for his part on fraudent FISA appliciation:
    https://t.co/sc8g5mk7zn?amp=1

    whembly (c30c83)

  18. Remind me again which candidate has supposedly taken leave of their senses?

    Trump says spike in crime, high taxes could help him win New York in 2020 election

    President Trump said during an exclusive Oval Office interview on Thursday that his campaign is “putting New York in play” against Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

    […]

    The president said his campaign would spend money on efforts to win New York and that he plans to make campaign stops. He bashed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s performance.

    “We’re going to invest in there, we’ll visit. I’m going to put it down as you know on the list,” Trump said.

    Dave (1bb933)

  19. The interesting thing is that he “heard” about the Eastman piece, which means he didn’t read it.

    Heh. As if anyone (outside of his base) would ever think that he actually read the op-ed himself.

    Dana (292df6)

  20. 2.Has anybody ever seen Trump’s birth certificate?

    Born January 20, 1981 – U.S.A.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  21. It might be instructive to remember what happened when similar nonsense was employed against John McCain. Be sure to check the sponsor list.

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/sres511/text

    john (cd2753)

  22. Suhweeeeet vs. Sour… http://ace.mu.nu/archives/epicfailtreat.jpg

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  23. john,

    Pretty sure we’re not going to see the Republican equivalents of the Democrats sponsor any such resolution about Harris.

    Dana (292df6)

  24. It’s worth pointing out that Eastman, the author of this garbage, lost the Attorney General election vs. Kamala.

    And yes, this is a Trump thing, Beer and Pretzels, because Trump personally promoted this. He’s promoted it against three politicians and he’s only held one office. Like Dana said, he is predictable.

    Keep it up, GOP and I’ll vote accordingly.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  25. Donald Trump was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama

    One more example of misuse of the term racist. The birther movement was absurd political manipulation, but it was not racist. Racist seems to now mean “Anything I disagree with.”

    Bored Lawyer (56c962)

  26. Curiously, Eastman thought Cruz was eligible. I’m sure partisanship had nothing to do with it.

    Rip Murdock (36e2c3)

  27. Col. Haiku,

    In reality, the photo does not make for an apt contrast. The context is missing. The second photo shows White House staffers watcing their boss, President Obama, giving his last televised address right after Hillary Clinton conceded to Trump. The photo had originally been falsely reported as having been taken while Obama’s staff watched Trump approach to meet with Obama.

    Dana (292df6)

  28. “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me—and I have no idea whether this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be—that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ ” 
    – Donald Trump

    Dave (1bb933)

  29. It’s supposed to be humorous, but it appears it’s like one of Time’s jokes and needs an explanation…

    Thought for Teh Day: Democrats don’t really care what you do, as long as it’s mandatory.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  30. But regarding Eastman and Cruz, if there was no acknowledgment of paternity (e.g. one-night stand, rape) is the offspring of an natural born American citizen mother as was Cruz’ mother – not a fellow on -campus academic or co-immigrant), given the benefit of the doubt in a one-parent present situation.

    urbanleftbehind (4ae5dd)

  31. Dustin at 8/14/2020 @ 10:59 am

    Eastman lost in the 2010 primary to Steve Cooley, who then lost to Harris in the general election.

    JoeH (f94276)

  32. Eastman lost in the 2010 primary to Steve Cooley, who then lost to Harris in the general election.

    JoeH (f94276) — 8/14/2020 @ 11:28 am

    That’s more accurate. But he ran for AG in 2010. Kamala won AG in 2010. It’s worth noting Eastman’s dishonest and cowardly attack comes from ten years of that background.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  33. And yes, this is a Trump thing, Beer and Pretzels, because Trump personally promoted this. He’s promoted it against three politicians and he’s only held one office.

    ”Promoted” — gosh, that sounds serious. When he ups the severity level to lawfare, to take Harris off the ticket, I’ll get concerned. But, lawfare over bogus claims and conspiracy theories hasn’t seemed to bother many here the past four years.

    beer ‘n pretzels (477d53)

  34. And this is exactly how 2016 played out. We would spend weeks talking about Cruz defending his dad, his wife, his citizenship, and Trump would just toss another attack out, shrugging.

    Because Trump goes to a place that is shocking, the blogs and media have to talk about it. So today Kamala’s citizenship is being discussed instead of real issues. Next week we’ll start it over again.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  35. ”Promoted” — gosh, that sounds serious. When he ups the severity level to lawfare, to take Harris off the ticket, I’ll get concerned. But, lawfare over bogus claims and conspiracy theories hasn’t seemed to bother many here the past four years.

    beer ‘n pretzels (477d53) — 8/14/2020 @ 11:37 am

    That Trump makes his attacks like a little b**** doesn’t mean he’s isn’t responsible for what he said.

    And really, at the end of the day, what’s your argument? That Trump’s racist birther attack is OK with you. You don’t bother saying why. You just whine about ‘conspiracy theories’ (a strange way to describe the fact Trump did awful things in the past too).

    Dustin (4237e0)

  36. More animus against christine o donnell then you ever had against obama and biden, who have been a bane on our existence who turned the cdc into a trash agency,

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  37. 35… not only “yes”, but Hell yes!!! B&P

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  38. Shut up about Trump’s birther attack on another minority and his screwing with mail in ballots! Shut up because Christine Odonnell is what really matters.

    To be honest I do not remember anything about her. Did she lose an election because of witchcraft or something?

    Dustin (4237e0)

  39. ”Promoted” — gosh, that sounds serious. When he ups the severity level to lawfare, to take Harris off the ticket, I’ll get concerned. But, lawfare over bogus claims and conspiracy theories hasn’t seemed to bother many here the past four years.

    beer ‘n pretzels (477d53) — 8/14/2020 @ 11:37 am

    It’s bothered me for years. And just because not enough people (in your view) have been concerned doesn’t mean that it isn’t concerning that the President of the United States is promoting a ridiculous conspiracy theory. I think the country should have a higher bar of acceptability for our presidents.

    Dana (292df6)

  40. Scratch an American lefty, find a Commie…

    … and certainly those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth.

    —- former Governor Jerry “Grandpa Simpson” Brown.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. By DCSCA metrics…game, set, match:

    http://money.yahoo.com/coronavirus-stimulus-checks-trump-tweet-172756371.html

    urbanleftbehind (4ae5dd)

  42. Trump’s doing something deeply immoral, but it is highly effective. We will have a series of these things where any good person tries to soberly discuss what they feel they can’t just be silent about, while Trump’s fans roll their eyes about how thin skinned America is (about racism).

    Add in that Biden is completely unable to lead or campaign.

    Add in the USPS stuff, which seems pretty potent.

    Add in that no one really wants Kamala to be president (didn’t even win her own state’s primary).

    It’s been a great week for the Trump campaign. As Cohen’s telling us there was collusion and more, we’re talking about whether another minority is a real American. Amazing. If this were some Civ 5 type ruthless politics game I would be impressed. Of course having a very stupid president like Trump comes at a cost to the world.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  43. They would chortle at how Biden, like an elderly uncle at Thanksgiving, would launch into extended monologues that everyone had heard before…. Obama and [Hillary] Clinton both viewed themselves as pioneers who worked their way through America’s elite colleges. Obama went to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he headed the law review; Clinton went from Wellesley to Yale Law School. They shared a work style as well, always sure to do their homework and arrive at a meeting prepared to get to the crux of an issue. ‘They do the reading,’ said one former Clinton aide. ‘In Situation Room meetings, she had the thickest binder and had read it three times.’ Biden’s own academic career was unimpressive—he repeated the third grade, earned all Cs and Ds in his first three semesters at the University of Delaware except for As in P.E., a B in ‘Great English Writers’ and an F in ROTC, and graduated 76th in his Syracuse Law School class of ’85…. He was not a binder person, Clinton and Obama aides said…. Biden’s tendency to blurt out whatever was on his mind rankled Obama, who wasn’t afraid to needle him for it. In his first press conference in 2009, the young president quipped ‘I don’t remember exactly what Joe was referring to—not surprisingly’…. Biden has long been defensive about suggestions of being dumb or a lightweight—a narrative that took hold during in his first campaign for the presidency, in 1988….”

    May God forgive me…
    https://www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2020/08/14/obama-biden-relationship-393570

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  44. May God forgive me…

    Whoa, it’s okay to have been there on oppo research. I usually say “Pardon The Source”

    urbanleftbehind (4ae5dd)

  45. Add in that Biden is completely unable to lead or campaign

    “C’mon, man! Don’t be one of those lying dog faced pony soldiers.”

    —- Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. Daily Caller
    @DailyCaller
    ·
    REPORTER: “Do you have an issue with a strong woman of color being in this presidential race?”

    TRUMP: “None whatsoever. Not at all.”
    __ _

    Daily Caller
    @DailyCaller
    ·
    President Trump reacts to ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleading guilty in the Durham probe to falsifying FISA warrants:

    “The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught.”
    _

    harkin (5af287)

  47. Trump’s doing something deeply immoral, but it is highly effective.

    It might be highly effective, but only with his base I think. It seems that most people are just exhausted from these shenanigans. And from Trump.

    Dana (292df6)

  48. More abuse of power:

    The appointments of the top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office said on Friday.
    GAO, which is an independent watchdog agency that reports to Congress, said that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and his deputy Kenneth Cuccinelli are serving under an invalid order of succession under the Vacancies Reform Act.
    The Vacancies Reform Act governs how temporary appointments can be made to positions that require Senate confirmation. President Trump has repeatedly circumvented the Senate confirmation process by placing people in acting positions — including Wolf and Cuccinelli, whose official title is Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

    I imagine this Oval Office conversation…
    Advisor: Mr. President, the GAO tells us we need to remove Wolf and Cuccinelli, because they’re there illegally, and replace ’em by order of succession.
    Trump: Who’s the guy at GAO? Who runs it?
    Advisor: Um, Dodaro.
    Trump: He’s fired, okay?
    Advisor: Sir, the GAO is in the legislative branch.
    Trump: Keep Wolf and Cuccinelli. Article I.
    More from Vladeck. The GOP-controlled Senate hasn’t confirmed a Cabinet secretary in 500 days, so McConnell is letting this happen.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  49. “ A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that California’s ban on the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds violates the Second Amendment.”

    https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/federal-court-rules-california-gun-magazine-ban-and-confiscation-scheme-unconstitutional/
    _

    harkin (5af287)

  50. The same robert wilkins who cant stop the persecution of general flynn, gives susan rice an out.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  51. Trump is not the nominee yet.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  52. Anyone who agrees with this patent nonsense should be banned from the internet for their own good, lest they impoverish themselves on Nigerian lottery tickets.

    What patent drivel.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  53. In 1852, the sitting president (Millard Fillmore) was denied the Whig nomination. Since Fillmore will inevitably rank higher historically than Trump, this should be a guide to the GOP. No need to proceed with the suicide pact.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  54. Sorry. Trump doesn’t want to be a graceful lover and defend the honor of the woman’s whose job it will be to slander him. That was what McCain did and we saw how well it worked out for him.

    No use being the left’s protectors. They have the media for that. Trump didn’t bite. Just let it hang.

    NJRob (433bc4)

  55. Mccain didnt even defend his owm running mate, see jones memo, considering his previous history it wasnt surprising.

    I dont think its a productive course of action, but after this fusion fooferaw that involved govt resources monetary and other, im nonplused.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  56. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 8/14/2020 @ 1:52 pm
    Yeah, about that.

    What a blowout.

    It is my very flawed opinion that should the GOP deny Trump the nomination, they would only ensure that Trump runs on his own anyway and effectively split up the GOP votes, ultimately handing over the Presidency to Biden who, otherwise, might not win. History would only be rhyming.

    felipe (023cc9)

  57. This week’s most likely person to get fired by Trump: The USPS Inspector General, whichever one is tasked with investigating Mr. DeJoy’s assault on American democracy.
    Biden’s accusations went from “no evidence” to “proven right“.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  58. “Coma – Comma 2020“

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  59. , they would only ensure that Trump runs on his own anyway

    Agh. I think felipe is right. I still think the GOP should replace him on the ticket. I believe that if Trump were 25th Amendmented out of office he would no longer be eligible to run.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  60. It is my very flawed opinion that should the GOP deny Trump the nomination, they would only ensure that Trump runs on his own anyway and effectively split up the GOP votes…

    This late in the game, I don’t see how Trump could get on most of the state ballots if were bounced, but I suppose it wouldn’t stop loyalists from writing him in. I agree he should be denied the nomination and it would split the GOP, but it ain’t gonna happen until after November 3rd, IMO.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  61. I believe that if Trump were 25th Amendmented out of office he would no longer be eligible to run.
    Dustin (4237e0) — 8/14/2020 @ 2:42 pm

    Yes, that would be the ideal way to deal with it.

    felipe (023cc9)

  62. I don’t see how Trump could get on most of the state ballots if were bounced, but I suppose it wouldn’t stop loyalists from writing him in.

    You are right, and this is how I believe it would go down.

    felipe (023cc9)

  63. they would only ensure that Trump runs on his own anyway and effectively split up the GOP votes

    Same result, cleaner hands.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  64. Yes, that would be the ideal way to deal with it.

    Yeah… ideal way to ensure that the confused old Democrat who flunked 3rd grade is elected president.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  65. Oh, and there is almost no way to get an independent candidate on any state ballot in August.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  66. I believe that if Trump were 25th Amendmented out of office he would no longer be eligible to run.

    Incorrect.

    If impeached and convicted, the senate could disqualify him from holding any federal office in the future, but the 25th amendment has no such provision.

    Dave (1bb933)

  67. The loyalists who would write in Trump are the same people who sat at home in 2008 and 2012. Don’t see the difference.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  68. On the other hand, if he were removed from office he might well be arrested and denied bail by the state of New York.

    Dave (1bb933)

  69. If impeached and convicted, the senate could disqualify him from holding any federal office in the future, but the 25th amendment has no such provision.

    The amendment has a procedure for reinstatement, and “re-election” is not among the options. I guess it would depend on the courts, but if re-elected while still judged incapacitated I don’t see how he takes office.

    And the Senate cannot disqualify him on impeachment anyway. The HOUSE has to have that embedded in the charges.

    He could also drop dead.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  70. The fact is that the Democrats will do NOTHING to stop Trump from running. Their entire campaign collapses if he steps aside.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  71. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/14/2020 @ 3:57 pm

    Ow! Right in my gonads – well struck, sir.[passes out]

    felipe (023cc9)

  72. Dave (1bb933) — 8/14/2020 @ 3:58 pm

    You have to believe, Dave! Do you want tinker belle to die?

    felipe (023cc9)

  73. The amendment has a procedure for reinstatement, and “re-election” is not among the options. I guess it would depend on the courts, but if re-elected while still judged incapacitated I don’t see how he takes office.

    The effect of the 25th amendment ends when the president is removed from office either by accepting removal voluntarily, or Congress voting to remove him against his will (which is harder than impeachment, because it requires 2/3 of both houses).

    We’re not talking about reinstatement. Winning a future election is not reinstatement.

    Dave (1bb933)

  74. I tell you if you step into the particle accelerator, you don’t end up like sam beckett,

    bolivar de griz (7404b5)

  75. 74… lol felipe!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  76. The fact is that the Democrats will do NOTHING to stop Trump from running. Their entire campaign collapses if he steps aside.

    For now anyway. Let’s see how the polling numbers look in two weeks or a month from now.

    Dana (292df6)

  77. what have they to show for their almost two years of congressional dominance, a joke of an impeachment hearing, which was more about covering for corrupt dealings in the Ukraine, a relief bill which managed little actual relief for needed parties, the insistence on allowing Chinese nationals into this country, which they still haven’t repudiated,

    bolivar de griz (7404b5)

  78. Trump dodges question about lying:

    Reporter: “Mr. President, after three and a half years, do you regret, at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”

    Trump: All the what?

    Reporter: All the lying. All the dishonesties.

    Trump: That who has done?

    Reporter: That you have done.

    Dave (1bb933)

  79. “what have they to show for their almost two years of congressional dominance”

    you know the senate is still controlled by Republicans, right?

    Davethulhu (f53f00)

  80. @84: The media is working overtime to earn the four year vacation they so desperately want to enjoy under Biden.

    And Dave is shaking the pom poms.

    beer ‘n pretzels (316380)

  81. Ah sv date used to hate w and jeb witj equal passion, so not a distinct thing, like tim dorsey but without the humor.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  82. When McCain was the nominee in 2008 a similar issue was taken seriously by the NY Times and “several legal experts.” However, the Senate approved a nonbinding resolution declaring that Mr. McCain is eligible to be president.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/11/us/politics/11mccain.html

    David Pittelli (9b8381)

  83. Yes its a weak argument, even less than the hot garbage in govt documents gleanrf from a game of telephone.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  84. Well you can tell by my VP pick
    I’m a woman’s man
    Though I can’t talk
    Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.
    It should be Biden’s campaign anthem.

    nk (1d9030)

  85. It should be Biden’s campaign anthem.

    RBG’s too, for the next 80-some days.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  86. At least one outlet figured it out with Wretched Grifter.

    urbanleftbehind (4ae5dd)

  87. @76:
    Amendment XV, Section 4, paragraph 2

    Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

    I still don’t see how re-election figures into this.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  88. you know the senate is still controlled by Republicans, right?

    And THEY are doing something.

    Judge, judge, judge…..

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  89. Kevin, the VP acts as president until the end of the current term.

    It says nothing about the person being disqualified from running again (if not term-limited), and being elected to a different term in the future.

    Presumably with a different Vice-President…

    Dave (1bb933)

  90. Kamala’s gives Beau job: gets VP slot.

    “You’ve come a long way, Baby.” – Virginia Slims cigarettes, Phillip Morris/Leo Burnett Agency, NYC, 1968

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  91. t says nothing about the person being disqualified from running again (if not term-limited)

    Yes, but in saying nothing about something — where it probably should say something — the event itself will fill the blogosphere for months.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  92. I suspect that the whole “BJ” thing is going to backfire on whomever uses it. It may even be beneath Trump.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  93. Nothing is beneath Trump, and he won’t do it directly. He’ll retweet tweets from his twits. Like he did with Cruz’s wife, and like he did with “Camel Laugh” (Harris) today. Whether it will backfire … with whom is the question. Persons of worth already shun him.

    nk (1d9030)

  94. Whether it will backfire … with whom is the question. Persons of worth already shun him.

    Beavis and Butthead, however …

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  95. Kamala’s gives Beau job: gets VP slot.

    Oh I get it. See Joe Biden’s dead son’s name is Beau and if you say Beau job that implies that this dead man was sexually involved with Kamala.

    🥜

    Dustin (4237e0)

  96. “Mr President, after three and a half years [of Trump’s presidency], do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”

    John A. Broussard (f30f93)

  97. I would’ve kicked the democrat activist masquerading as a journalist out after that trash remark. No different than the delusional, hateful screeds Helen Thomas used to do to Bush.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  98. Right. Just like when the President says “many people are saying” something, he’s not saying it himself, just repeating what he heard. NJROb you are gaslighting yourself.

    JRH (52aed3)

  99. No different than the delusional, hateful screeds Helen Thomas used to do to Bush.

    The difference is that “true conservatives” are now fans of a partisan press, and would cheer Helen Thomas on.

    beer ‘n pretzels (8fedbd)

  100. It’s the cognitive dissonance I cannot understand B&P. How do they justify it to themselves other than Orange Man Bad?

    NJRob (eb56c3)


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