August 14, 2020

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Rabbi Jack Moline: President Trump’s Latest Anti-Immigrant Conspiracy Is Not A Constitutional Issue, It’s Bigotry

WASHINGTON — In response to racist and xenophobic assertions by the Trump Administration questioning Sen. Harris’ eligibility to hold executive office, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

Our diversity as a nation is what makes us stronger. When our leaders come from backgrounds that differ in faith, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and experience, it brings new and innovative perspectives to our most pressing questions.

With the selection of Sen. Kamala Harris for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, however, we are seeing racist and xenophobic conspiracies emerge around the selection of a Black and Indian American for higher office, just as they did in 2008. It is despicable – but not surprising – that the Trump administration and its allies are peddling racist, xenophobic disinformation about who belongs and is permitted to hold power in this country. Not only is it a disrespectful, bad faith attempt at delegitimizing Sen. Harris’ leadership; it also promotes the attitudes of white supremacists who question the place of Americans of color.

I won’t mince words. Claiming that Sen. Harris – and second-generation Americans like her – may be ineligible to hold higher office is not a constitutional issue. It is bigotry, plain and simple.”

If you are interested in speaking with Rabbi Jack Moline further, please contact Manisha Sunil at or 202-417-0171.


Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit