Meghan McCain blasts Trump Jr. for retweeting 'disgusting' and 'racist' post about Kamala Harris

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"What's happening to @KamalaHarris is disgusting and unquestionably racist," she tweeted. "And while the tweet was deleted, it appears that the Trump family tradition of spreading racial demagoguery and conspiracy theories lives on...," she added.

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McCain's comments come as many 2020 presidential candidates voice outrage over a social media post that falsely claimed the California senator, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, is not black. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE's eldest son retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, a conservative media personality, claiming that Harris “comes from Jamaican Slave Owners” but is “not an American Black.”

“Is this true? Wow,” Trump Jr. tweeted to his 3.65 million followers before deleting it.

Harris's campaign on Saturday denounced the online attacks, comparing them to the conspiracy theories produced about former President Obama's place of birth. 

"This is the same type of racist attack his father used to attack Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUK judge denies Assange bid to delay extradition hearing Trump's eye-opening scorecard on border security Why Americans should look at the Middle East through the eyes of its youth MORE," Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams told CNN. "It didn't work then and it won't work now."

A spokesman for Trump Jr. told The New York Times that his post was a misunderstanding. 

“Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before,” said spokesman Andy Surabian, “and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.”

President Trump helped promote the conspiracy theory that questioned whether Obama was born in the United States. 

"The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed," former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE wrote in her memoir, "Becoming." "But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."

McCain, a daytime talk show host, has repeatedly criticized Trump during his time in office.

She said in late May that Trump was a "child" who will always be "deeply threatened" by her father following a report that the White House wanted the USS John S. McCain "out of sight" during the president's visit to Japan.