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Long before Vice President Kamala Harris entered the political realm, and even before she began her career as the district attorney of San Francisco in 2004, she used to be known for something else altogether.
Back in 2001, at the tender age of 36, she used to be known for getting herself some “Mon-tail,” as in legendary TV talk show host Montel Williams.
Williams even admitted it last year, writing in a tweet that he and Harris “briefly dated about 20 years ago when we were both single. So what?”
“I have great respect for Sen. Harris. I have to wonder if the same stories about her dating history would have been written if she were a male candidate?” he angrily added.
The tweet was posted in response to someone drawing attention to Harris’s past.
.@KamalaHarris and I briefly dated about 20 years ago when we were both single. So what? I have great respect for Sen. Harris. I have to wonder if the same stories about her dating history would have been written if she were a male candidate? https://t.co/UQjkP2m5jr
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) August 7, 2019
There’s even video footage showing the two together walking the red carpet at the Eighth Annual RACE to Erase MS in Los Angeles.
“At the time, Harris was an under-the-radar lawyer in San Francisco. She and Montel Williams were accompanied on the red carpet by the TV host’s daughter Ashley,” according to an Inside Edition report from 2019.
Williams is one of several apparent flings she had before she married her husband, Doug Emhoff, in 2014.
The most notorious fling was the one between her and then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her senior, back in the 1990s. During the affair, Brown reportedly rewarded her with two lucrative appointments within the city government.
This bombshell first came up after Harris announced her candidacy for president in 2019. A week after the announcement, Brown published an op-ed to the San Francisco Chronicle revealing the affair.
“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco,” he admitted.
Brown then accused Harris of having threatened him with indictment after she rose to the top and became the city’s district attorney:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 28, 2019
At the time, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren accused then-Democrat presidential candidate of having slept her way to the top.
Regardless, for whatever reason, the vice president’s relationship with Williams went viral again this week, provoking a hash of mockery, some of it irreverent.
Gettin’ herself some Mon-Tail
— Steve Mudflap McGrew’s REMASCULATE Podcast! (@REMASCULATE) May 12, 2021
Whoa!! She’s trashier than I though.
— LisaAgain7 (@LisaMcC42451573) May 12, 2021
We used to call them golddiggers.
— Donna J. Castello (@NanaWildflowers) May 11, 2021
I used to like Montel many years ago when he had a talk show 🤦♀️. I thought he would have had much better taste in women
— KHeard (@Heard69Heard) May 12, 2021
She must have gotten her law degree online since she spent so much time in between the covers.
— Animal Graphics (@Animal_graphics) May 12, 2021
*Clears throat*. And the annual THOT OF THE YEAR award for 2021 goes to this 👆 undisputed starlet 🤣 #SheBelongsToTheStreets
— Lundy 2021™🇬🇧🇺🇲🇯🇵 (@LundyOneandOnly) May 12, 2021
— Foo Knauf (@61andDone) May 12, 2021
This going viral again could bode badly for her poll numbers. Recent polling data shows that she remains greatly disliked among a majority of the American people.
According to a YouGov poll published this week, 57 percent of Independents and 84 percent of Republicans have a “very or somewhat unfavorable” view of her. Only Democrats view her favorably at 74 percent, but even then, there’s 19 percent who view her unfavorably.
As noted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, it’s no shocker given that she’s kind of always been disliked:
Can’t believe that the candidate who had to drop out of the presidential race before she got even a single vote — despite huge media adoration and being from the largest state — is not popular even in the administration’s quasi-honeymoon stage. #KHive pic.twitter.com/Koq8UQHCaM
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 13, 2021
She’s disliked by the right for being a far-left Democrat, and she’s disliked by the left for being a former “cop” who’d prosecuted pot smokers.
And she’s disliked by everybody for her bizarre habit of bursting into laughter at the most inopportune times, including when being asked about the southern U.S. border crisis that she was tasked with resolving but that she’s done nothing about.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 23, 2021
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