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 is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit