US President Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign reserved a ticket for Tupac Shakur, Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris’s stated best rapper “alive”, at Wednesday’s debate against the current VP, Mike Pence.
“We have left a ticket for Tupac Shakur, Sen. Harris' favorite rapper alive,” quipped Trump's senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller, during a phone press conference on Wednesday, according to multiple reporters. “I'm personally more of a Biggie fan, if he's still alive, but we will have a ticket for Tupac.”
.@JasonMillerinDC zings Harris at the end of the Trump campaign's press call previewing the vp's debate.— Susan Crabtree Hennebury (@susancrabtree) October 7, 2020
"We have left a ticket for Tupac Shakur, Sen. Harris' favorite rapper alive... I'm personally more of a Biggie fan, if he's still alive, b we will have a ticket for Tupac."
(This is not a joke and and was confirmed by Trump campaign senior adviser @JasonMillerinDC on a press call)— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) October 7, 2020
The Trump campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, confirmed the prank, stating that it was “true”.
The campaign is trolling the California Senator, after she stated - during a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) virtual event in late-September - while answering a question regarding her choice of favorite living rapper, "Tupac Shakur", who was killed in September 1996.
Harris quickly corrected her gaffe, joking “Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.”
Kamala Harris asked, who’s the best rapper alive?— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) September 25, 2020
She answers @2PAC
Then says “Not alive, I know, I keep doing that.”
Tries to think of another living rapper. “There’s some I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane.” pic.twitter.com/MZJ5FZC4qP