“The View” co-host Meghan McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), on Sunday denounced Donald Trump Jr. for sharing a far-right conspiracy theory questioning the racial heritage of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate.
“What’s happening to @KamalaHarris is disgusting and unquestionably racist,” she tweeted. “And while the tweet was deleted, it appears that the Trump family tradition of spreading racial demagoguery and conspiracy theories lives on…,” she added.
McCain’s comments come as many 2020 presidential candidates voice outrage over a social media post that falsely claimed the California senator, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, is not black.
President Trump’s eldest son retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, a conservative media personality, claiming that Harris “comes from Jamaican Slave Owners” but is “not an American Black.”
Harris’s campaign on Saturday denounced the online attacks, comparing them to the conspiracy theories produced about former President Obama’s place of birth.
“This is the same type of racist attack his father used to attack Barack Obama,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams told CNN. “It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”
A spokesman for Trump Jr. told The New York Times that his post was a misunderstanding.
“Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before,” said spokesman Andy Surabian, “and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.”
President Trump helped promote the conspiracy theory that questioned whether Obama was born in the United States.
“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” former first lady Michelle Obama wrote in her memoir, “Becoming.” “But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
What's happening to @KamalaHarris is disgusting and unquestionably racist. And while the tweet was deleted, it appears that the Trump family tradition of spreading racial demagoguery and conspiracy theories lives on…
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 30, 2019
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