Harris, who announced her bid for president last month, made a recent appearance on “The Breakfast Club” radio show and admitted to using the drug when she was younger, claiming she enjoyed a joint while listening to rappers Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
The View co-hosts wondered whether the admission would have a negative effect on her campaign, and yet McCain was more worried about if Harris trying to pull a fast one to appear “too cool.”
“The political aspect of Kamala’s interview is she’s caught in a weird lie,” she began. “She said she smoked while listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg. She graduated from Howard University in 1986. Tupac’s debut album came out in 1991, and Snoop’s in 1993. She is either smoking marijuana after the time she said she is or she was listening to different albums or she’s misremembering.”
McCain commended Harris for her authenticity but, in the same breath, accused her of trying too hard to be liked.
“Hillary Clinton was a beta test for not trying to be too cool,” she added. “Don’t try and be too cool. You’re already cool — you have an interesting background, interesting career so far. Just try to fix our country.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that marijuana was legal in California, to which McCain questioned why Harris would mention rappers who debuted several years later.
“That’s the part where I just don’t know what it’s relevance is,” she said, adding that it reminded her of the time Hillary Clinton joked about carrying “hot sauce in my bag.”
Hostin pressed on, saying she didn’t think Harris campaign would suffer because she smoked a little pot.
“I will say that Trump has lowered the bar so low that it’s not going the matter if she smoked pot during Tupac or Biggie or Beyoncé or anything,” she said.
Plenty of social media users agreed and accused McCain of trying to tarnish the California senator’s reputation.
“Seriously? Knitpicking about when a certain rap album debuted just to get a criticism in at Sen Harris??” one Twitter user wrote. “I’m pretty sure Kamala Harris does not need political advice from
@MeghanMcCain. Maybe give some advice to your dear leader trump.”
“That is what you are concerned about? What a waste of air time,” another chimed in.
Another user argued that people should be more worried about alcoholism, not marijuana.
“The View” watchers may not have been on board with McCain’s attempt to trap Harris but others who were familiar with the “Breakfast Club” clip agreed that Harris was trying too hard.
One person wrote on Twitter, “I have a different take, she lied about the college, not the smoking. She was out there smoking to Snoop and Pac, but she didn’t want to put out the real years cause she was into her career. People are way more likely to forgive the Ganga in college than from a professional.”
Another added, “If she was smoking weed and listening to Snoop Dogg that was the early 90s. Which is when she was a district attorney. Did that topic ever come up with regards to her employment? Did she have any conflicts of interest prosecuting marijuana crimes at the time?”
One user kept it simple, “Sis, you ain’t gotta lie to kick it…”
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