CNN Contributor Ana Navarro Calls Out Birther Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris

Conservative CNN analyst Ana Navarro blasted conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl for claiming that Democratic Senator Kamala Harris is not eligible to be president.

Wohl, a well-known conspiracy theorist who notoriously claimed he had evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller had been accused of sexual misconduct but failed to bring forth witnesses, wrote on Tuesday that "Kamala Harris is NOT eligible to be President. Her father arrived from Jamaica in 1961—mother from India arrived in 1960. Neither parent was a legal resident for 5 years prior to Harris's birth, a requirement for naturalization Kamala was raised in Canada."

Navarro, a Republican who has publicly opposed Trump, retweeted Wohl's post, writing: "Here we go again with the 'birther' crap. Same drummed-up charge used against Obama to question his citizenship and legitimacy. Hmmmmm.....I wonder what Obama and @KamalaHarris have in common?"

Here we go again with the “birther” crap. Same drummed-up charge used against Obama to question his citizenship and legitimacy. Hmmmmm.....I wonder what Obama and @KamalaHarris have in common? 🤔

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) January 22, 2019

Harris, who declared Monday she is running for president in 2020, was born on Oakland, California. Both Obama and Harris are black. When asked about Navarro's claim, Wohl told Newsweek that "Ana Navarro's feckless race baiting doesn't deserve a response."

Article II of the Constitution says that "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," according to Talking Points Memo.

Senator Kamala Harris speaks to reporters after announcing her candidacy for president. Al Drago/Getty Images

Wohl, a Trump supporter, also wrote that "The 14th Amendment has nothing to do with Birthright Citizenship for the children of foreigners, as every credible legal scholar and President Trump have pointed out. The practice of having anchor-babies in order to stay in the United States is abhorrent!"

Many legal experts discredited Trump's understanding of the 14th Amendment after he declared in October that he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship. When asked about the disparity between his comprehension of the 14th Amendment and that of legal experts, Wohl said, "I don't agree with the so-called expert consensus."

Conspiracy theorists regularly claimed that President Barack Obama was not eligible to serve as president. President Donald Trump began promoting the disproven conspiracy in 2011, according to CNBC. Trump also said that Obama might not want to show proof of his birthplace because "maybe it says he's a Muslim."

Those promoting birther conspiracies about Obama regularly noted the 44th president's years growing up in Indonesia. Wohl referenced Obama in his tweets on Tuesday.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo drew controversy for his comments on Wohl's claims. Cuomo posted "hopefully there will be no games where the issue keeps changing for righty accusers...and...the legit info abt Harris comes out to deal with the allegation ASAP. The longer there is no proof either way, the deeper the effect."

He later deleted the tweet and said that he had meant to demand that Wohl prove his claim and "was taken literally the opposite way that I intended it," according to HuffPost.