Donald Trump Jr. continued the Trump family tradition of questioning the citizenship of people of color.
In a since deleted tweet, Don Jr. responded, "Is this true? Wow." to a tweet asserting that Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)—a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election—is not an "American black."
Donald Trump Jr. may have forgotten that the internet is forever.
Don Jr.'s father, President Donald Trump, infamously questioned the citizenship of former President Barack Obama for years, perpetuating false claims that Obama—who was born in Hawaii—was actually from Kenya. Even when Obama provided his birth certificate, Trump still questioned its authenticity.
Many of the other candidates vying for the White House in the 2020 election put politics aside to call out Don Jr. for emulating his father's racist claims
The coordinated smear campaign on Senator @KamalaHarris is racist and vile. The Trump family is peddling birtherism… https://t.co/rYtkI0owR5— Jay Inslee (@Jay Inslee)1561838148.0
The same forces of hatred rooted in 'birtherism' that questioned @BarackObama's American citizenship, and even his… https://t.co/dF12JdFlGz— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1561849203.0
The presidential competitive field is stronger because Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American… https://t.co/baeT0f1Zj9— Pete Buttigieg (@Pete Buttigieg)1561847419.0
The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it’s… https://t.co/crRCa0HnT8— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1561835669.0
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) had some particularly harsh words for Don Jr.
While Trump Jr.'s comments were near universally reviled, people applauded the candidates for their eagerness to defend Senator Harris, despite running rival campaigns.
@ewarren @KamalaHarris Well said! Putting the presidential race aside to stand up for what’s right is what leadership looks like.— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1561835996.0
@JayInslee @KamalaHarris Thank you for speaking out against this racist smear. I appreciate it.— (((anti-antisemite))) (@(((anti-antisemite))))1561869753.0
@ewarren @KamalaHarris Women supporting women is my 2020 mood— VoteForJustice ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@VoteForJustice ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿)1561836944.0
Trump Jr. has yet to apologize.
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