Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren sparked controversy by attacking Kamala Harris for her relationship with Willie Brown when he was mayor.
Brown was married at the time but both acknowledge they dated when she was 29 and he was 60.
Lahren tweeted “Kamala did you fight for ideals or did you sleep your way to the top with Willie Brown?”
Kamala did you fight for ideals or did you sleep your way to the top with Willie Brown?
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 1, 2019
Some felt Lahren crossed the line and went too far.
Calling other women whores and sluts doesn’t make you any smarter or more likeable, it makes you dumb enough to participate in your own dehumanization.
— feminist next door (@emrazz) August 1, 2019
I am curious to know what you think bringing a woman’s personal/sexual life into this accomplishes. Men do that to us enough as it is. I’m honestly asking. https://t.co/MgO0yMrAHT
— Kat Timpf (@KatTimpf) August 1, 2019
Mike Cernovich argued being mad at Tomi’s “tweet” made less sense than being outraged over how Kamala Harris kept innocent men on death row.
Everyone mad at Tomi – for a tweet – be sure to ask Kamala Harris why she kept an innocent man in prison FOR TWO YEARS. https://t.co/jVANYsn34i
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 1, 2019
Per USAToday, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown addressed his past relationship with Sen. Kamala Harris in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle in January and acknowledged giving her appointments that furthered her career.
“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago,” wrote Brown, who said he had “been peppered with calls from the national media about my ‘relationship’ with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president.”
Harris’ office did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on Brown’s letter to the Chronicle.
Brown was married at the time he and Harris dated, but – because he had been “estranged from his wife” Blanche Brown since 1981, according to People magazine –the relationship was not kept secret. A Sacramento Bee reporter told People that Brown “had a succession of girlfriends” and would “go to a party with his wife on one arm and his girlfriend on the other.”
A 1994 Los Angeles Times report about then-California Assembly Speaker Brown’s “rush to hand out patronage jobs” described Harris as Brown’s “frequent companion” and said several people referred to her as Brown’s girlfriend. That report also cited a column from the Chronicle’s Herb Caen that called Harris “the Speaker’s new steady.” When they met, she was 29 and Brown was 60.
According to Caen, the couple split up in 1995, which “flabbergasted” those “who found Kamala the perfect antidote to whatever playboy tendencies still reside in the mayor-elect’s jaunty persona.”
Although Brown supported Harris in her successful 2003 run for San Francisco district attorney, she tried to distance herself from him in that race, telling SF Weekly that Brown – whose career was dogged by corruption allegations – was an “albatross hanging around my neck.”
“His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing,” she told SF Weekly, vowing, “If there is corruption, it will be prosecuted.”