Post & Email Blog Called Out by Andrea Mitchell on NBC Nightly News for Pushing Racist Birther Theories

Screenshot form NBC Nightly News August 14, 2020

On the August 14th edition of the NBC Nightly News Andrea Mitchell narrated a segment that covered Donald Trump who had raised questions during a press briefing about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to serve as vice president (whether she was a natural born citizen). Trump was apparently referencing a Newsweek op-ed written two days earlier by Chapman University law professor John C. Eastman in which Eastman questioned not only whether Kamala Harris was a natural born citizen but whether she was a citizen at all.

Newsweek was deluged with criticism after the Eastman op-ed was published. Originally Newsweek had failed to disclose that Eastman had run for California Attorney General in 2010, a job Kamala Harris won the same year. His biography in the article now includes that fact. Newsweek issued a half-hearted apology for jumping on the Birther train.

In Andrea Mitchell’s segment she says Harris is being challenged by “a racist birther conspiracy theory, starting with a flurry of memes and fringe websites…” and as she says that a series of blog headlines flash by including Sharon Rondeau’s Post & Email.

After several tries I was able to capture a screenshot (included above) that clearly shows an article written by Rondeau in 2018 questioning whether Harris was eligible to run for president in 2020.

I find it encouraging that the media seemed to recognize that these Birther “questions” about Kamala Harris are just more of the same racist nonsense we saw play out for nearly the entire two terms of President Barack Obama.

What’s odd is that Rondeau who reports excitedly every time someone from a government or media IP address accesses her blog, even to the point of devoting entire articles to a single visit, barely mentioned that the Post & Email was on the NBC Nightly News (albeit for less than a second).

I have previously written about the Post & Email as the last remaining Birther blog:

The Post & Email–Fake news site and Birtherism’s last bastion–Part 1

The Post & Email–Fake news site and Birtherism’s last bastion–Part 2 Sharon Rondeau

The crazy cast of characters at the Post & Email

The Nuts at the Post & Email Blog Are at It Again

I also wrote a comprehensive post on the definition of natural born citizen:

For the thousandth time: Anyone born on US soil under the jurisdiction of the United States is a natural born citizen, period.

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11 Responses to Post & Email Blog Called Out by Andrea Mitchell on NBC Nightly News for Pushing Racist Birther Theories

  1. Robert Laity says:

    U.S.,ex Rel, Robert C. Laity v. U.S.Senator Kamala Harris, U.S.District Court,D.C., Case # 1:20-cv-02511-EGS, docketed 09/11/2020 Harris is NOT a Natural Born Citizen of the U.S.

    • Dismissal soon to follow.

      “Therefore every person born within the United States, its territories or districts, whether the parents are citizens or aliens, is a natural born citizen in the sense of the Constitution, and entitled to all the rights and privileges appertaining to that capacity.” William Rawle, 1862

      • Yes, there are many problems with this filing. First it is too early since Sen. Harris is not Vice President (yet). Mr. Laity has no personal interest to be qualified as a realtor. Also his theories on the definition of natural born citizen are completely wrong. Minor v Happersett is not precedent, John Jay’s letter is irrelevant, and de Vattel did not influence the framers definition of natural born citizen. As a matter of fact de Vattel actually never wrote the phrase “natural born citizen” in his treatises since he wrote in French and what he wrote was not translated that way until an anonymous translation published in 1797.

        Yes, Judge Sullivan should make short work of this.

    • Northland10 says:

      Mr. Laity,

      Here is a way to reword the Minor ruling:

      It was never doubted that an apple is a fruit. Some authorities go further and include others. Of this class, there have been doubts, but never to the first. For the purpose of this case, it is not necessary to solve these doubts.

      Does this mean the only fruit is an apple and there are no other types of fruits? This is the interpretation you and others are giving to Minor.

      They never said there were no other ways to achieve NBC, but that the what they listed never had doubts, so was sufficient to make their point about voting rights not being automatic (i.e. even the strictest definition of citizenship did not give a voter those rights).

      In addition, their explanation of citizenship was not a definition, but an illustration for their ruling on voting rights.

      • Robert Christopher Laity says:

        All apples are fruit but not all fruits are apples. An apple pie requires apples. The presidecy requires natural born citizens. All NBCs are citizens but not all citizens are NBCs.

        • Yes but all citizens born on US soil are natural born citizens. No serious legal scholar or court ruling disputes that fact.

        • tbfreeman says:

          Heal thyself, “doctor”: All natural-born citizens are U.S. citizens but not all U.S. citizens are natural-born citizens.

          And you lost on standing; the D.C. Circuit doesn’t care about your fruits or how fruity you are.

        • Northland10 says:

          🙄
          You completely missed the point. So, in simpler terms:

          The ruling in Minor does not define NBC. It did not then and it does not now. All the court said was that nobody doubts that somebody born in the US to citizen parents is a natural-born citizen as that is a safe and obvious statement. They said there were other definitions and with those, there were doubts but they did not need to discuss them in this ruling. They said there were doubts. They did not say that the other definitions were wrong.

          If this was to be the singular definition of NBC, they would have said, “Only those who are born in the United States to parents who are both citizens are Natural Born Citizens.” In court ruling language, qualifiers like “only” or “must” matter.

          They never made a decision on NBC in this ruling because it was unnecessary as it was not about citizenship. All they did was use the strongest possible definition to illustrate the point that voting rights were not automatic even with the strictest definition possible.

    • tbfreeman says:

      I like how birthers stake out the bold position that everyone born in the United States to two U.S. citizen parents is a natural-born citizen.

      Literally no one disagrees with that.

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