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Cory Booker defends Kamala Harris after Don Jr shared tweet claiming she ‘wasn’t black enough’

Cory Booker came to the defense of Kamala Harris on Saturday by using foul language on Twitter after Donald Trump Jr retweeted – and then deleted – a post questioning her ancestry.

‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s**t to prove,’ the senator from New Jersey tweeted on Saturday.

Booker was replying to a New York Times report about the president’s eldest son who shared a tweet that claimed Harris, the senator from California, was not ‘black enough’ to discuss race relations in America.

Both Booker and Harris are contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president.

Senator Kamala Harris

Donald Trump Jr (left) on Thursday retweeted – and then deleted – a tweet which claimed that Senator Kamala Harris (right) of California ‘is not an American Black’ but rather is ‘half Indian and half Jamaican’

Senator Cory Booker (above) of New Jersey came to Harris's defense on Twitter on Saturday

Senator Cory Booker (above) of New Jersey came to Harris’s defense on Twitter on Saturday

‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s**t to prove,’ the senator from New Jersey tweeted on Saturday

‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s**t to prove,’ the senator from New Jersey tweeted on Saturday

Don Jr on Thursday retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, an alt-right fringe personality on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican.

‘I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history.

‘It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at [the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday].

‘These are my people not her people.

‘Fr*****g disgusting.’

Don Jr retweeted the tweet, adding: ‘Is this true? Wow.’

A short time later, the president’s eldest son deleted the retweet.

Don Jr has nearly 3.6 million Twitter followers.

Since Donald Trump entered politics, Don Jr has been outspoken in his support for his father.

Don Jr on Thursday retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, an alt-right fringe personality on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting. Now using it for debate time at [the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday]. These are my people not her people. Fr*****g disgusting.’

Don Jr on Thursday retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, an alt-right fringe personality on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at [the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday]. These are my people not her people. Fr*****g disgusting.’

A spokesperson for Don Jr told the Times: ‘Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.’

A spokesperson for Don Jr told the Times: ‘Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.’

A spokesperson for Don Jr told the Times: ‘Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.’

Alexander’s tweet has gone viral and been reposted by conservatives on social media.

Harris’s campaign denounced the tweet, saying it was racist and comparing it to the birther movement which claimed that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

‘This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama,’ a spokesperson for Harris told The Daily Beast when asked about Don Jr’s tweet.

Harris’s racial origins became a hot topic of conversation after Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami. The 54-year-old senator from California (far right) challenged Joe Biden (far left) over his comments about working with segregationists as well as his record on the issue of desegregating schools. Senator Bernie Sanders is seen in the middle

Harris’s racial origins became a hot topic of conversation after Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami. The 54-year-old senator from California (far right) challenged Joe Biden (far left) over his comments about working with segregationists as well as his record on the issue of desegregating schools. Senator Bernie Sanders is seen in the middle

Harris’s campaign posted a photo of her as a young girl in elementary school. Harris attacked Biden over his past record on the issue of busing, a controversial practice in which African American children were bussed to predominantly white schools to combat segregation

Harris’s campaign posted a photo of her as a young girl in elementary school. Harris attacked Biden over his past record on the issue of busing, a controversial practice in which African American children were bussed to predominantly white schools to combat segregation

James Eastland in his Washington D.C. office with photos of Confederate leaders on the wall: from top left: Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president; Thomas Jefferson, who and John C. Calhoun. Bottom row from left: Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

Biden also invoked the name of Senator Herman E. Talmadge in his controversial remarks

Earlier this month, Biden told a fundraiser in New York that he had good working relationships with the late Senators James Eastland of Mississippi (left) and Henry Talmadge of Georgia (right) – two men known for pro-segregation views 

‘It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.’

Harris’s racial origins became a hot topic of conversation after her performance during Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami.

Harris was born in Oakland to a father from Jamaica and a mother from India.

The 54-year-old senator from California challenged Joe Biden over his comments about working with segregationists as well as his record on the issue of desegregating schools.

Earlier this month, Biden told a fundraiser in New York that he had good working relationships with the late Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Henry Talmadge of Georgia – two men known for pro-segregation views.

‘I do not believe you are a racist,’ Harris said, turning her head to Biden.

‘…But I also believe and it’s personal and …it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country… you also worked with them to oppose busing…and, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day and that little girl was me.

Harris's campaign compared Don Jr's tweets to his father's attacks on Barack Obama (right) - a reference to the birther movement which claimed that the 44th president was not born in the United States

Harris’s campaign compared Don Jr’s tweets to his father’s attacks on Barack Obama (right) – a reference to the birther movement which claimed that the 44th president was not born in the United States

‘So, I will tell you that on this subject it can not be an intellectual debate among Democrats.

‘We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly.’

Harris’s campaign even posted a photo of her as a young girl in elementary school.

‘There was a little girl in California who was bused to school. That little girl was me,’ read the caption on the tweet on Harris’s account, which was posted during the debate on Thursday evening.

Biden appeared shaken by the attack, but defended his record on civil rights and said his remarks had been mischaracterized as praise for racists. 

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