A few days after Donald Trump Jr. questioned and then eliminated Senator Kamala Harris's race, they supported some of their rival Democratic presidential candidates.
Mr. Trump, the eldest son of President Trump, shared a tweet on Thursday by Ali Alexander, a far-right personality who falsely claimed that because of her racial identity, Ms. Harris was unable to talk about black Americans' fears ,
"Kamala Harris implies that she is descended from American black slaves," wrote Alexander on the second night of Democratic debates. It's not from Jamaican slave owners, that's good, it's not an American black period. "
By Saturday, several Democratic hopefuls had begun publicly supporting Mrs. Harris of California, the child of a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
Other contestants also responded to the inflammatory tweet.
"The president's competitive environment is stronger because Kamala Harris has expressed her experience with black Americans," said Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., on Twitter . He said that the first-generation story of Ms. Harris embodied the American dream and that it was time to end "birth style" attacks.
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota tweeted that the attacks against Mrs. Harris were "unacceptable". "We are better than this (Russia is not) and agree with this kind of vile behavior," Ms. Klobuchar wrote.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Ms. Harris had challenged during the debate, said the same forces that used "Midwifery" to challenge American citizenship and President Barack Obama's race would now be against Mrs. Harris used. "It's disgusting and we have to call it out when we see it," wrote Mr. Biden on Twitter . "Racism has no place in America."
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who described the attacks as "racist and ugly," also called for technology companies to "stop these vile lies dead on their heels".
After Mr. Trump erased the tweet he shared, his spokesman claimed that it was a misunderstanding.
"Don's tweet was simply the question of whether it's true that Kamala Harris was half Indian, because it's nothing he has ever heard before," spokesman Andy Surabian said at the time. He added that the tweet was deleted after it was discovered that followers "misinterpreted" its intention.
wife. Harris has previously experienced attacks on her race and sometimes backtracked to mark her.
In February, Ms. Harris told The Washington Post she calls herself "American."
"My point was, I'm who I am," she said, "I'm fine with that. You may need to find out, but I agree. "