A right-wing radio host in New York City took a beating from conservatives and liberals alike after he tried to push a conspiracy theory that California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) is the aunt of embattled actor Jussie Smollett.
In a tweet that he has since deleted, Salem Media radio host Kevin McCullough made mention of Harris’s previous support form Smollett before his story about being attacked by Trump fans fell apart, before pushing a theory that she was hiding her family ties to the actor.
“So there is this….” McCullough tweeted, “Turns out @KamalaHarris is @JussieSmollett’s aunt. As in his mother’s sister. Which in several of her photo-op updates on the story to date she has yet to reveal.”
While Smollett’s mother’s maiden name is indeed Harris, she is not Kamala’s sister Maya.
As Jim Swift at The Bulwark wrote, “It is unclear how McCullough came across the theory, but it seems popular among the Q-Anon conspiracy crowd on Twitter. Naturally, some believer in the theory (or troll) temporarily edited Harris’s Wikipedia page. Or possibly it came from the pro-Trump Twitter personality Terrence K. Williams, who refers to Smollett as Harris’s ‘crazy nephew.'”
Called out on the fake news, McCullough deleted the tweet, then argued that Harris had called the now-disproven attack a “modern-day lynching,” for which he was lambasted.
“Is this meant to defend your provably false allegations?” the host was challenged.
“It’s meant — to openly demonstrate the left’s entirely one-sided worldview. Harris leaves up an inflammatory tweet for 23 days that effects crime, public safety, millions of $$$ in police costs, etc. Her supports have complete meltdowns over rumors that are up for two hours,” he snapped back
You can see a screenshot of McCullough’s tweet below as well as some form his critics.
It’s meant — to openly demonstrate the left’s entirely one-sided worldview.
Harris leaves up an inflammatory tweet for 23 days that effects crime, public safety, millions of $$$ in police costs, etc.
Her supports have complete meltdowns over rumors that are up for two hours.
— Kevin McCullough (@KMCRadio) February 23, 2019
None of which satisfies the assertion of any direct relationship you’ve alleged. Try to stay on topic. All you’ve done is demonstrate another RW conspiracy created to inflame fools with lies that make them feel good. You’ve muddled your point unless it was to fool fools.
— Brent Whittington (@cornhill13501) February 23, 2019
Kevin McCullough, a daily hour-long talk radio host for Salem media’s AM 970 in New York recently promoted a conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris on Twitter, only to delete it hours later. pic.twitter.com/EZfjA1yn5w
— Anakimella (@Anakimella) February 24, 2019
Honest mistake. Republicans just assume all black people know each other. Just some friendly Midwest racism. It’s like a compliment really. 😒
— Brendan Williams (@BrendanWiliams) February 23, 2019
What if I told you there was only one Harris family? pic.twitter.com/MWUBo5acmg
— avanindar (@avanindar) February 23, 2019
Is that GOP guy from NC Kamala Harris' long lost brother too?
— Smocky (@SmockyTubers) February 23, 2019
This lie/conspiracy theory is appearing on fringe sites. It’s spun from the fact that Jussie Smollett’s mother’s maiden name is — wait for it — Harris. (@KamalaHarris has one sister, Maya, and she’s not his mom.)
The 2020 election cycle will be insane. Beware of hoaxes. pic.twitter.com/fsqHXQYBo8
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 23, 2019
2020 is going to be a dumpster fire of this stuff.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 23, 2019
turns out Harris, County Texas (Houston) is also named for Kamala Harris!
— Andy Schwarz (@andyhre) February 23, 2019
I’m waiting for the good name of 18th-century British author Tobias Smollett to be linked.
— Todd Leopold (@tlleopold) February 24, 2019
I heard Obama went back in time and did it with kamala's great grandmother
— John 666 Slayer (@John666Slayer1) February 23, 2019
I don't know. Harris is a pretty uncommon name. They could be on to quite the scoop there. 🙄
— Dr. Emm (@NoOneNowheresv1) February 23, 2019
Wow. You mean he could also be related to Calvin and Neil Patrick Harris??
— EastieStrong (@eastiestrong) February 23, 2019
So so so….can I be Howard Hughes’ niece? Can I huh, huh, can I? 💰💰💰
— Heather Hughes (@HIPAAHughes) February 23, 2019