President Trump claimed it was ‘very strange’ that ‘sleepy’ Joe Biden reportedly did not take questions from a group of a reporters during an event with Kamala Harris and contended ‘there is something going on.’
Over the last week, the Trump campaign and his administration have leveled a number of attacks at the presumptive presidential nominee since the Biden-Harris ticket was announced.
On Saturday, Trump continued to rail against Biden in a Twitter post that suggested his opponents have gotten preferential treatment from reporters.
A short video shared by the Republican National Convention Research shows Biden and Harris at a ballot access signing event on Friday in Delaware.
The pair signed paperwork that get them onto the November election ballots as the official Democratic ticket.
Very strange. Sleepy Joe never takes questions. Also, his reporters have zero drive. Why can’t my reporters behave like that? Something is going on! https://t.co/SQAq0KVUqw
Campaign staffers can be heard corralling members of the press out of the room as they attempt to ask Biden and Harris questions.
Trump retweeted the video onto his official Twitter account with the accompanying message, ‘very strange.’
‘Sleepy Joe never takes questions. Also, his reporters have zero drive. Why can’t my reporters behave like that? Something is going on!’
Trump has long criticized what he referred to as ‘Lamestream Media’ for challenging several claims, many of which were deemed misleading, he’s made throughout his presidency.
Recently, he abruptly ended a press conference last week when a CBS reporter pushed back on the Trump administration’s claim that it passed the Veterans Choice healthcare law.
While speaking before supporters at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, Trump said that people have tried for ‘decades and decades’ to sign the law and ‘no president’s ever been able to do it, and we got it done.’
Journalist Paula Reid fact checked Trump and reminded him that the Veterans Choice law, which expanded the health care options for veterans, was passed in 2014 under the Obama administration.
Trump then concluded his press conference and walked off stage.
In another instance, Trump was momentarily stumped on Thursday when a Huffpost reporter questioned him about his ‘dishonesties.’
During Trump’s press conference on Saturday, @PaulaReidCBS questioned Trump on why he says he passed the Veterans Choice Program, which was signed into law by Barack Obama in 2014. Trump responded by abruptly leaving the news conference. pic.twitter.com/A6k4tO5k7s
‘Do you regret at all all the lying you’ve done to the American people?’ the reporter asked
‘All the what?’ Trump replied, to which the reporter answered, ‘All the lying. All the dishonesties.’
Trump briefly paused before calling on another reporter without acknowledging the question.
Throughout his presidency, Trump has made a number of misleading or false claims during public press events.
The Washington Post reported in July that Trump has made around 20,000 such claims, so far.
At the Delaware ballot signing, reporters were only allowed one question and the Biden-Harris campaign reportedly relied on a pre-packaged media approach ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
When asked about Trump’s recent attacks on her candidacy, Harris told reporters she was more focused on the election.
‘I’m signing this because I’m in this race to win, and with that guy right there. And we’re going to get it done,’ she said, according to the New York Post.
The freshest attacks from the Trump administration have been labeled ‘racist’ as it leans into birther conspiracies.
A number of conservative voices, including Mark Levin, have called into question Harris’ eligibility as vice president because her parents were immigrants when she was born in Oakland, California, in 1964.
Harris is an American citizen and eligible to run for office.
The Trump campaign’s Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis pushed a so-called ‘birther’ narrative Thursday that Kamala Harris isn’t eligible to be vice president because her parents weren’t citizens when she was born in Oakland, California.
‘It’s an open question, and one I think Harris should answer so the American people know for sure she is eligible,’ Ellis told ABC News.
Ellis’ views on the issue came to light after she retweeted a link to a ‘birther’ op-ed published on Newsweek’s website Wednesday written by right-wing law professor John C. Eastman.
A Trump campaign spokesman has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiry on whether the campaign stands by her statement.
Eastman pointed to how Article 2 of the Constitution says only a ‘natural born citizen’ can serve as vice president and president, but suggests there’s some interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause that could exclude someone in Harris’ situation.
He also argued that while the modern view of citizenship includes every person born on American soil, that belief started after Harris was born in 1964. ‘Indeed, the Supreme Court has that anyone born on U.S. soil, no matter the circumstances of the parents, is automatically a U.S. citizen,’ he also wrote.
Eastman had run as a Republican in 2010 for California attorney general, but lost his primary. Harris ultimately won the position as a Democrat.
Eastman’s op-ed received tremendous backlash, with many pointing out that it echoed the conspiracy theory pushed by President Donald Trump and others during President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Josh Chafetz, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, called Eastman’s interpretation of eligibility as ‘racist nonsense,’ in a FactCheck.org post on the controversy.
Businessman Trump was one of the most prominent voices to push the ‘birther’ conspiracy about Obama, doing so in early April 2011.
Trump, who was mulling taking on Obama in the 2012 election, made a number of bogus claims including that Obama’s ‘certificate of live birth’ was not an actual ‘birth certificate.’
The president was trying to push the racist narrative that Obama was born in Africa, where his black father was from.
Obama countered at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in late April by jokingly showing the audience his ‘official birth video’ – the opening scenes of Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’
But days earlier, in a move that showed Obama took the political threat seriously, the White House released the president’s long form birth certificate.
It wasn’t until Trump was running in 2016 that he admitted that Obama was born in the United States – though he also claimed, falsely, that it was Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign that started the ‘birther’ conspiracy theory to begin with.
Harris is the second person of color to appear on a major party’s presidential ballot and the second Democratic politician in recent years that Republicans have tried to suggest was born outside the U.S.