“I can confirm that we have left a ticket for Tupac Shakur, who as we know is Sen. Harris’ favorite rapper alive,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller told reporters on a conference call previewing the debate between Harris (D-Calif.) and Vice President Mike Pence.
“I don’t know if he shows up. I’m personally more of a Biggie fan if he’s still alive, but we will have a ticket waiting for Mr. Shakur,” Miller quipped, referring to Biggie Smalls, who, like Shakur was gunned down decades ago.
Shakur died at age 25 in 1996 days after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Some of his fans believe he secretly survived.
Harris was asked in a CNN interview last month who the “best rapper alive” is and replied “Tupac,” before adding, “Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.”
The invite for Shakur to attend the Salt Lake City debate also resurfaces an allegation that Harris, who graduated Howard University in 1986, lied in a radio interview about getting high in college while listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg.
Critics claim she falsely said she smoked pot as an election ploy. Tupac released his first album in 1991. Snoop Dogg released his first album in 1993.
Harris defenders say she did not lie, but instead was saying which musicians she listened to while getting high, but not necessarily in college.
As district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011, Harris oversaw 1,900 marijuana convictions, according to the Mercury News.
Miller told reporters Wednesday that Harris “was overly aggressive in prosecuting small minor offenses and it disproportionately impacted black men, in particular, but also then was soft when it came to more capital cases.”
The Trump-Pence campaign knocked Harris as “phony” in August in its initial ad attacking Biden’s running mate pick. Trump said in his first remarks on her candidacy, “Well, she lied. I mean, she said things that were untrue. She is a person that’s told many, many stories.”
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.