President Donald Trump retweeted posts calling Kamala Harris ‘camel laugh’ on Friday, the day after he refused to say she was eligible to serve as vice president.
In a flurry of retweets consisting of criticism for the Democratic presidential ticket and praise for his deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, President Trump included a tweet with derogatory and racist descriptions of Harris and Joe Biden.
‘While Biden plays hide and seek with Camel Laugh, Trump plays 3 dimensional Chess with the Middle East and wins historical deals!! ‘Play it again Sam’ how the Democrats will lose everything in November! TRUMP IS THE GREATEST!!!,’ read one of the two retweets.
‘Let’s get this straight right away Camel Laugh and China Joe will lie, lie, and lie and the media will NOT challenge them on all the false statements they make. IT IS UP TO AMERICAN WARRIORS TO GET THE TRUTH OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!,’ read the other.
Trump has often accused Biden of ‘hiding in his basement’ and complained the Democratic ticket has yet to answer as many questions from the press as he does.
His insults to Harris came after he fanned the flames of yet another ‘birther’ conspiracy theory by telling White House reporters Thursday that he had ‘no idea’ if Harris was eligible to be vice president.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was asked about Trump’s comments on Thursday but he tried to move the topic back to the Israel-UAE deal
‘I, personally, have no reason to believe she’s not but again my focus for the last 24 hours has been on the historic peace deal,’ he told CBS’ ‘This Morning.’
Democrats, meanwhile, accused Trump of racism and pointed out the last candidate to face questions about their birth was Barack Obama – the first black president.
‘This is only the second time that that has happened in our nation’s history. And the first time was with President Barack Obama. So why is it that only the two Black candidates are questioned about the legitimacy of their citizenship?,’ Valerie Jarrett, a former top Obama advisor, told the Los Angeles Times.
But President Trump claimed that the Republican lawyer who wrote a Newsweek op-ed pushing that claim ‘is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer.’
Right-wing law professor John C. Eastman wrote an editorial Wednesday that argued that because Harris’ parents weren’t citizens when she was born in 1964 in Oakland, California then she might not fit the definition of eligibility under the U.S. Constitution.
A number of Constitutional experts said that was flat-out false and Harris’ defenders called it racist.
President Donald Trump said he has ‘no idea’ if Kamala Harris is eligible to be vice president, adding that an op-ed that suggested she wasn’t was written by a ‘very highly qualified, very talented lawyer’
A Newsweek op-ed argued that Kamala Harris (pictured) may not be eligible to be vice president because her parents weren’t U.S. citizens when she was born in California in 1964. One prominent law professor called the editorial ‘racist nonsense’
Kamala Harris is pictured with her mother Shyamala Gopalan (left), who was born in India, and her father Donald Harris (right), who was born in Jamaica
Georgetown University Law Center professor Josh Chafetz told FactCheck.org Eastman’s op-ed was nothing but ‘racist nonsense.’
Eastman had run for California attorney general in 2010, the same year as Harris, but was beaten in the GOP primary, while she won the race.
John C. Eastman wrote a controversial editorial for Newsweek that suggested Kamala Harris wasn’t eligible to run for VP. The op-ed was widely viewed as racist and untrue
But a tweet sharing the editorial was retweeted by the Trump campaign’s Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis.
‘It’s an open question, and one I think Harris should answer so the American people know for sure she is eligible,’ Ellis later told ABC News.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign never answered DailyMail.com’s inquiry on whether the campaign backed Ellis’ statement.
At the Thursday briefing, Trump was asked by a reporter whether he could ‘definitively say’ Harris was eligible since she was a ‘anchor baby,’ a negative term for immigrants who have children in the U.S. so that they can achieve citizenship.
‘So I just heard that. I 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,’ the president answered. ‘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,’ Trump went on, adding that the unfounded claims were ‘very serious.’
He then asked the reporter to explain what Harris’ problem was.
‘You’re saying that, they’re saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country?’ Trump asked.
The journalist replied explaining that Harris’ parents were born abroad and weren’t citizens at the time of her birth in the U.S.
‘I don’t know about it, I just heard about it, I’ll take a look,’ Trump said.
His comments echoed the sentiments he pushed about President Barack Obama, the country’s first black president.
Businessman Trump was one of the most prominent voices to push the ‘birther’ conspiracy about Obama, doing so in early April 2011.
Trump, who was mulling taking on Obama in the 2012 election, made a number of bogus claims including that Obama’s ‘certificate of live birth’ was not an actual ‘birth certificate.’
The president was trying to push the racist narrative that Obama was born in Africa, where his black father was from.
Obama countered at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in late April by jokingly showing the audience his ‘official birth video’ – the opening scenes of Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’
But days earlier, in a move that showed Obama took the political threat seriously, the White House released the president’s long form birth certificate.
It wasn’t until Trump was running in 2016 that he admitted that Obama was born in the United States – though he also claimed, falsely, that it was Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign that started the ‘birther’ conspiracy theory to begin with.
Harris is the second person of color to appear on a major party’s presidential ballot and the second Democratic politician in recent years that Republicans have tried to suggest was born outside the U.S.
HOW THE PHRASE ‘NATURAL BORN CITIZEN’ KEEPS SPARKING ‘BIRTHER’ MOVEMENTS
The Constitution spells out who is eligible for the presidency in Clause 5 of Article 2: ‘No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.’
And the 12th Amendment extends those qualifications to the vice-president.
Left unexplained is what ‘natural born citizen’ means – and the phrase is defined in no other piece of legislation.
But the 14th Amendment of 1868 is also in the Constitution – and defines who is a citizen.
It says: ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.’
In 1873 the Supreme Court ruled that the phrase ‘subject to its jurisdiction’ was intended to exclude children of non-citizen immigrants.
But that decision was in an arcane question – about whether the 14th Amendment only guaranteed rights to people who were U.S. citizens, and didn’t cover anyone who was only granted ‘citizenship of the state’ by an individual U.S. state – in other words, were free to live and work there.
The majority opinion includes a note that ‘the phrase “subject to its jurisdiction” was intended to ‘exclude from its operation children of ministers, consuls, and citizens or subjects of foreign States born within the United States.’
Two years later the high court ruled that immigrants can only have automatic citizenship for their children when they – the adults – owe ‘allegiance’ to the U.S. and not to a foreign nation.
The concept of allegiance means little today but most people at the time were born in monarchies with limited rights and were subjects, not citizens – and until you became an American citizen, you were still owing allegiance to that monarch, it was argued. ‘Allegiance’ to a foreign monarch and being subject to American ‘jurisdiction’ were not compatible, the justices ruled.
But then in 1898 the Supreme Court ruled that a specific Chinese immigrant’s child was a citizen of the United States, citing the 14th Amendment’s text.
In the case, about Wing Kim Arg, the justices ruled that ‘a child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China’ was automatically a citizen.
That ruling has been the bedrock of birthright citizenship – known as jus soli – and has led to the other opinions about the amendment being seen as being superseded – although they have never formally been overturned.
The dissenters – or in cruder terms, the losers – said the 14th Amendment and those who passed it intended citizenship to be only for those not claimed by any foreign power in any form, so natural-born citizenship was hereditary – a concept known as jus sanguinis.
Since then the Supreme Court has ruled that a woman born in New York to one U.S. citizen father but brought up abroad was eligible to run for president – she did not – but has never explicitly ruled on whether someone born to one or two non-citizens can.
The fact that scores of millions of Americans have been considered citizens by the federal government in exactly those circumstances would seem to suggest how the justices would rule.
But it leaves Kamala Harris ‘birthers’ a very narrow opportunity to argue that the Supreme Court has never ruled clearly that being born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents makes you ‘natural born’ – as opposed to simply a citizen.
One – in a Newsweek op-ed – claimed that because Mexican guest-workers’ American-born children had been deported in the 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s – the idea of ‘birthright citizenship’ for all really dates from after Harris’ birth.
He also claimed that it was unclear exactly what Harris’ parents’ legal status was and that if they did not have green cards, that might disqualify her too.
Harris, however, is not the first candidate to face questions over eligibility thanks to her parents.
Obama – as well as the bogus claim he was not born in the United States – faced ultra-fringe birther questions because his father was a Kenyan; and the oldest example was Chester Arthur, whose mother alone was American and who also faced questions over a rumor he was born in Canada, not Vermont.
Unhelpfully for birthers, none of those who faced these questions were successfully disqualified by any court – in fact, no challenge of the kind has ever succeeded.
Perhaps even more unhelpfully, the Newsweek op-ed writer, law professor John Eastman, previously campaigned for Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to one U.S. citizen parent and a Cuban father, suggesting his claim that Harris might not be eligible was more politically expedient that constitutionally sound.
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Tragedy of autistic boy Willian Wall found dead in bushland a day after he went missing in Victoria
For 32 excruciating hours there was hope that missing autistic teenager William Wall, 14, would be found alive – that he would walk out of the dense bushland outside Melbourne dazed and with a few scratches, but otherwise unscathed.
William was last seen going for a jog on Tuesday – his disappearance sparking a massive search, and the tearful appeals of his distraught family tugging at the nation’s heartstrings.
But the sad reality is the search for William – hampered by Stage Four covid restrictions that stopped volunteers joining the hunt – was never going to have a happy ending.
When police put out the news on Wednesday afternoon the autistic teenager had been found dead it was accompanied by an ominous statement.
‘His death is not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the Coroner,’ it read.
It can now be tragically confirmed that William’s death was from suicide.
William Wall (Pictured), 14, was found dead at Yarra Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 32 hours after going missing on his daily jog on Tuesday
William’s distraught father Shane (pictured) struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night
Hours earlier, police had come under fire after worried locals had been turned away from helping the search efforts.
As far as they knew, the 14-year-old had gone out for his daily jog along the Yarra Ranges’ Warburton Trail at 6.45am on Tuesday, promising his family he would be back in 15 minutes.
But he never returned to his home in Launching Place.
It remains unknown how long WIlliam had been dead before his body was found.
In all likeliness, the search – perhaps unbeknown to those that participated – was a recovery mission from the start.
William’s disappearance had sparked an air and ground search involving about 100 personnel from Victoria Police and the State Emergency Service.
But police appeared keen to enforce Melbourne’s stage four coronavirus restrictions, which includes staying within a five kilometre radius from home.
William’s two older brothers and friends, who spent Tuesday night with rescuers looking for him on dirt bikes were stopped from continuing their search the next day.
‘We’ve been told by all the police, saying we’re not allowed to help because we’re beyond the five kilometre radius, which is going to put more of a delay in finding him,’ his older brother Harrison told Seven News.
Family friend Flynn Cousens added: ‘I’d rather go outside the five kilometre radius and find him than stick to five kilometres and let him stay out there another night.’
William’s older brother Harrison Wall (pictured) was stopped by police from continuing the search due to Melbourne’s strict stage four lockdown restrictions
It’s understood William’s body was found in bushland at the end of a residential street less than two kilometres from his home.
Last night, William’s family gathered at the blocked off road near where his body was found.
Distraught rescuers and locals were also seen consoling each other at the scene.
Family friend Tyson Truscott said the Walls would be shattered by the tragedy.
‘He was a great kid. There is nothing bad about him. He loved going for runs, he went flat out,’ he told the Herald Sun.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the outcome as very sad news.
‘My heart goes out to William’s family and loved ones. Thank you to all those who were involved in the search,’ he tweeted on Wednesday night.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt added: ‘ So deeply sorry to hear of the loss of William Wall. Just a terrible, terrible loss of a beautiful young life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and the Yarra Ranges community.’
Friends console each other at the scene after police confirmed William’s body had been found
Distraught rescuers console each other after William Wall’s body was found on Wednesday
The search entered its second day on Wednesday after rescue crews spent overnight searching the area after temperatures plummeted to 7C.
Locals fumed after being advised to keep an eye out for William, but not to breach Melbourne’s stage four COVID-19 restrictions by limiting outdoor time to two hours and staying within the five kilometre radius from home.
‘In line with coronavirus restrictions, at this stage we do not require any assistance from the public,’ a post on the Eyewatch Yarra Ranges Police Facebook read on Tuesday night.
‘We want to say a big thank you however, for the all the offers we have received.’
Police later claimed their position had nothing to do with lockdown.
‘This is not to do with COVID,’ local police commander Inspector Jason Goddard told reporters.
‘We don’t want to bring this into a COVID conversation. What we are doing is focusing our search on Will.
‘If the resourcing we have on the ground here and deployed today is not adequate we will ask for more resources.’
Locals vented their anger at police during a tense meeting.
‘If that my kid out there, I would want every person on the ground out there, just having a look,’ one resident said.
An ambulance leaves the street in Yarra Junction where William’s body was found
Distraught rescuers at the scene comfort each other after the search came to a tragic end
Bush Search and Rescue Victoria volunteers are pictured outside Warburton Police station ahead of the search, hours before William was found dead
SES personnel depart the Warburton Police state ahead of the search for missing autistic boy William Wall, who was later found dead
William’s distraught father Shane struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night.
‘I just want everyone to be safe,’ he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon, hours before police confirmed his son had been found dead.
‘I never want to be in this situation but the people around here are fantastic. I mean, I’ve been in the valley for a long time and come from overseas but this has just blown me away.’
‘Actual support from local people, the Facebook community and the noticeboards and that, fantastic. Top notch and the police and SES, again, it has been great.’
‘I have hardly spoken to my wife much but they are liaising with them to look after her and I’m out helping where I can.’
At the time, he was still hopeful William would be found alive, adding his son was ‘pretty hardcore’ and knew the area well.
Police advised volunteers to stay home instead of search for William, saying: ‘At this stage we do not require any assistance from the public’
William’s dad Shane Wall fought back tears during a press conference on Wednesday, several hours before the search for his son came to a tragic end
Mr Wall said his ‘energetic, very athletic’ son loved exercise and had dreams of joining the police force or the army when he got older.
William had a younger sister, Sophie, and two older brothers Jake and Harrison, who joined the search effort on Tuesday night.
William’s disappearance had come three months after non-verbal autistic teen William Callaghan became separated from his family during a walk at Mount Disappointment, 60km north of Melbourne.
The teen spent two nights alone before being miraculously found safe and well.
For William’s family, there would be no happy ending.
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Police blocked off this road in Yarra Junction after William Wall’s body was found
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Donald Trump REFUSES to commit to a peaceful transfer of power
President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election – and declined to do so.
‘Well, we’ll have to see what happens,’ said Trump, when pressed on the matter at the White House.
It was a similar comment to those he made in 2016 when asked similar questions.
After refusing to go along with a pledge, the president attacked Democrats and delivered swipes that appeared to be directed at mail-in voting, the subject of his frequent attacks at the White House and at campaign rallies.
‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation,’ President Donald Trump said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots
‘Win lose or draw in this election will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?’ Trump was asked at the top of his press briefing.
‘Well, we’ll have to see what happens,’ Trump replied – entertaining the question, but also refusing to commit.
His questioner pointed to ‘rioting’ in U.S. cities, and asked if Trump would commit to making sure there is a peaceful transfer of power after the election.
‘You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,’ he said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots. Trump regularly says they are rife with fraud, although a handful of states use them for elections.
Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer ‘win, lose, or draw’ in his race against Democrat Joe Biden
A man wears a shirt supporting U.S. President Donald Trump while waiting in a socially distant line to vote on the first day of early voting for the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020
Trump appeared to be referencing mail-in ballots when he said: ‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation’
Trump was asked about a peaceful transfer as police clashed with protesters marching through the streets of Louisville after a grand jury chose not to indict three officers in the death of Breonna Taylor on Wednesday afternoon
‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation,’ Trump said.
He continued: ‘The ballots are out of control. You know if. And you know who knows it better than anybody else, the Democrats,’ he said.
The president quickly moved on to other questions about the coronavirus and charges for an officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
The president’s dodge came on a day when the Atlantic published an article titled The Election that Could Break America that played out scenarios where Trump would refuse to accept results amid court cases and recounts, and rejects the outcome even if rival Joe Biden appears to have won or be within sight of prevailing in the Electoral College.
The president made the comment as some of his fiercest critics have accused him of making moves toward authoritarianism. Biden said this summer trump will ‘try to steal’ but said he is convinced the military ‘will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.’
The president faces the backdrop of ongoing investigations by prosecutors in New York that could implicate the president if he were to leave office.
On Wednesday, a New York judge ruled that Eric Trump must comply with a subpoena in a probe that extends to Trump Organization statements when obtaining financing for projects.
Trump concluded the briefing saying he had to take an ’emergency phone call’ and turned the podium over to coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas.
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Thousands apply for the same job as competition for work soars
Competition for work during the COVID-19 pandemic is seeing thousands of hopefuls apply for the same job.
One employment ad on Seek for a dishwasher in Sydney saw over 6,000 applicants, while a position for someone to hand out flyers on the street prompted almost 2,800 responses.
A Sydney woman who applied for the role doing street promotion spoke candidly about her struggles trying to find work during the coronavirus crisis.
One role Ms Perkins hoped to get (job ad pictured) received about 2,800 applicants alone
Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic and she’s now applying for up to 30 positions a month.
But with so much many other also applying for the same job, she told Daily Mail Australia the process is becoming increasingly disheartening.
‘I have a medical condition and have partial work capacity which restricts me from working full time. I’m also in my 50s,’ Ms Perkins said.
‘I was applying for a few office and administration jobs prior to COVID and there were about 100 to 200 applicants per job.
‘But in the month of August it’s was least 600 or higher for every job.’
One job ad posted online showed over 6000 Sydneysiders applied for a role as a dishwasher
For the past decade Ms Perkins had been running a successful business called Clear and Clutterfree as a professional organiser.
The interesting and unusual profession was made famous by the Japanese Tidying Up queen Marie Kondo in her smash hit Netflix show.
‘I help people set up for success and bring a bit of organisation in their home or office,’ Ms Perkins said.
Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic
She learned art of tidying up while working for the Salvation Army.
Ms Perkins would often be called out to collect items from homes which had been gathering dust in the corner.
She became so good at deciding what to keep and where to put it, others starting calling on her services professionally.
‘The work tends to be very one-off and sporadic, but I was getting regular inquiries and clients’, she said.
But since the onset of the coronavirus, her business has been decimated.
But despite the strain on the jobs market, official ABS unemployment figures recently improved, dropping from 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent in August.
Ms Perkings said in the past two weeks she has noticed the number of job applicants for each role have declined, but she’s not convinced the situation is actually getting any better.
‘I think people are just giving up because they’re tired of seeing these high numbers,’ she said.
‘They think what’s the point, the competition is too high.’
With so much competition to find work, Ms perkins said the hunt to find work is becoming increasingly disheartening
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