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Rivals Defend Kamala Harris Against Online Attacks They Compare to 'Birtherism'

After the clash with Biden, a Twitter account under the name Ali Alexander posted, "Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She's not"

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    U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks to reporters after announcing her candidacy for president of the United States, at Howard University, her alma mater, on January 21, 2019, in Washington.

    A number of hopefuls for the Democratic nomination for president found common ground Saturday as they defended rival Sen. Kamala Harris against online allegations that she is not an "American Black," NBC News reports

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, who clashed with Harris at Thursday's Democratic debate in Miami after she criticized his position five decades ago against school busing, said the social media attacks against the senator from California were clear echoes of "birtherism." "Birtherism," promoted by some Republicans, including Donald Trump before he assumed the presidency, was a movement that denied former President Barack Obama was a natural-born U.S. citizen.

    Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, also compared the online attacks, which claim Harris is not a black American because her father is Jamaican, to "birtherism." Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted, "The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all have an obligation to speak out and say so."

    Other presidential hopefuls who came to Harris' defense included Bernie Sanders, who called Donald Trump Jr. a racist for retweeting a claim that Harris is not a black American; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who called the attacks racist and "birther-style;" Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who said, "The Trump family is peddling birtherism again;" Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas.

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    Harris' campaign also compared the allegations to "birtherism."