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Harris responds to Trump's birther attacks - L.A. Focus Newspaper

"They're going to engage in an attempt to distract from the real issues that are impacting the American people. And I expect that they will engage in dirty tactics. And this is going to be a knockdown, drag-out. And we're ready," Harris told media outlet TheGrio in an interview released Sunday, when asked how Trump promoting birther conspiracies signals the tactics his campaign will use. It's her second interview since former Vice President Joe Biden selected her as his running mate. If elected, Harris would be the first Black and South Asian American vice president. Fact check: Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris On Saturday, Trump, who has pushed similar conspiracies about former President Barack Obama, said that he would not be "pursuing" questions about Harris' eligibility, but did not dismiss the conspiracy theories as false. "I know nothing about it, but it's not something that bothers me," the President said during a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. "I just don't know about it but it's not something we will be pursuing." Trump on Thursday would not definitively say whether Harris met the requirements to serve as president or vice president, saying he heard on "social media" that Harris could be ineligible. Harris was born in Oakland, California, making her eligible to be vice president. "I heard today that she doesn't meet the requirements," Trump said, referring to John Eastman, the lawyer and Chapman University professor who raised the issue in a Newsweek op-ed, as "very highly qualified." One Saturday, Trump called him a "brilliant lawyer." Eastman received resounding criticism and accusations of racism after his op-ed questioned her eligibility because she was born to Jamaican and Indian immigrant parents -- despite the fact that she's a natural born citizen. Newsweek editors have since apologized, writing, "This op-Ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize." They said they are keeping it online for transparency. Harris is no stranger to accusations about her race. During the Democratic presidential primary, Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., retweeted then deleted a critic who said, "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaica." Harris' campaign slammed the false attacks at the time, saying the same tactics were used against Obama. "It didn't work then and it won't work now," Harris' campaign communications director told CNN in June 2019. In a March 2019 interview with The Breakfast Club, Harris was asked about similar attacks. "So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada," Harris responded with a laugh. "And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do." Speaking to TheGrio in an inte

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