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Harvard Law Professor Says Trump Wants to 'Reverse Outcome of Civil War'

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Harvard Law Professor Says Trump Wants to 'Reverse Outcome of Civil War'

2019-08-22 12:00:431 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0



Whether you're a supporter or detractor of Donald Trump's, you agree that we haven't seen a president like him in quite a while. A Harvard law professor agrees as well and is outraged thinking the president wants to "reverse the outcome of the Civil War." 

This comment came in response to Trump's comment during Wednesday's wild impromptu press conference with reporters outside the White House where he touched on a number of bizarre statements, including the statement that set off the professor.


"Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — you walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby's now a U.S. citizen," Trump said. "We're looking at that very, very seriously. ... It's, frankly, ridiculous." 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted, "This president should 'seriously' consider reading the Constitution."


Harris is referring to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution which states, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." 

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe tweeted, "This fuxxxng racist wants to reverse the outcome of the Civil War, for God's sake. Over half a million lives were lost in that sacred cause. If you agree we can't let the lunatic get away with that, SAY SO!!! If you're silent, you're complicit."


This isn't Tribe's first comment against Trump. He previously received some notoriety for accusing the president of terrorism and calling for him to be impeached. 

Another conservative who argues against birthright citizenship is author Ann Coulter, who is known to have influenced Trump during his 2016 campaign. Trump is known to have requested a book she wrote about birthright citizenship.


"The inner circle of hell: being condescended to by idots," the author, who has broken with Trump recently because of his lack of successful action on immigration, tweeted in defense of his Wednesday comment. She added that he'd said he would try to change the Constitution. 

In her column in 2015 she defended Trump's criticism of birthright citizenship, citing a Supreme Court decison involving a Native American who wanted to claim citizenship after renouncing allegiance to his tribe.


She noted then that "the only reason the 14th Amendment doesn't just come out and say 'black people' is that ... the Constitution never, ever mentions race." With regard to the original case, she notes Native Americans gained citizenship from a 1924 law, after the time the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. 

Trump also mentioned ending birthright citizenship last year, noting he would do so with an executive order.


"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits," he said. 

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." CNN notes that more than 30 countries around the world have birthright citizenship.

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