(thepostmillennial)Vice President Kamala Harris’ incoming communications director has been revealed on Twitter to have previously called for the arrests of undocumented migrants, slammed former President Donald Trump over the “janky science” COVID-19 vaccine, and suggested President Joe Biden was “dazed and confused.”
Fox News confirmed Thursday that Jamal Simmons, longtime Democratic communications aide who is set to be named the comms director for Harris, will be taking over for former communications director Ashley Etienne, who left office late last year. The decision is expected to be officially announced next week.
Ahead of that announcement though, social media sleuths have dug through Simmons’ Twitter account, discovering a number of questionable tweets.
Simmons had previously hosted a show for The Hill called “Why You Should Care.” In August of 2019, Simmons aired a segment titled “Dazed & Confused,” in which he poked fun at Biden and his long list of embellished stories. “We do this story about once a week!” Simmons said at the time. “It’s what you get with Uncle Joe.”
In 2020, not long after the Trump administration announced its pandemic-response Operation Warp Speed to quickly get a COVID-19 vaccination prepared, Simmons called the coronavirus vaccine “janky.”
“Trump’s fatally ill-managed Coronavirus response seems to have turned voters off to him the way Katrina destroyed Bush’s political reputation, but pushing a janky science vaccine into the public for political purposes would turn incompetent culpability into intentional harm,” Simmons wrote.
In 2019, Simmons wrote on Facebook that he had been having “bad feelings” about the Harris campaign for president. “Prior to the debate I had been having bad feelings about the Harris campaign. It seemed listless, unfocused. These lackluster fundraising totals are not a surprise. I’m curious to see how this changes over the summer, now that Kamala’s poll numbers have increased and Biden seems more like a winged bird than the inevitable nominee,” wrote Simmons.
Over a decade ago, Simmons advocated for the arrests of illegal immigrants on Twitter.
“Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC. One Law student the other a protester. Can someone explain why ICE is not picking them up?” he tweeted Nov. 29, 2010.
“I’ll try this again: Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC and have serious legal question. Why wouldn’t ICE pick them up?” he asked. “We [should] harden borders & ease visas/find ways to bring undocumented into legal status/punish employers. My [question] was [a] common sense one.”