Shaun King has been having a hard year after getting slammed for allegedly stealing donations while still ducking the smoke of trying to dunk on Black women writers. Now, the heavy-tweeting activist is switching sides in supporting Sen. Kamala Harris and her nomination as Joe Biden’s running mate after initially calling her out for what her criminal justice record.
Fans on Twitter took notice of King’s fence-hopping routine shortly after it was announced that Harris would be the vice presidential pick after months of speculation that suggested Rep. Karen Bass, Susan Rice, and Stacey Abrams were all front-runners for the position. During the presidential primary race that Biden eventually came out in front, King, like many others, was critical of Harris’ time as the attorney general of both San Francisco and the state of California.
“Two encouraging thoughts from me on the choice of Kamala Harris as VP,” King tweeted. “1. She was the most progressive candidate among the credible finalists for VP. 2. She has improved drastically on all justice & policing-related issues since she was last District Attorney in 2011.”
He added, “Among current United States Senators, I would rank Kamala Harris in the Top 3 on justice reform issues. As we know, she has a mastery of the system, but has evolved and grown a great deal on this. Her remarks on justice over the past 4 months were the best of ANY Senator.”
“That’s it for me. I am incredibly proud to see a brilliant Black woman, and HBCU grad, chosen as a Vice Presidential nominee. I’ve done political work my whole life. It’s rarely things dreams are made of. Kamala Harris is the most progressive VP nominee in American history,” concluded King’s string of thoughts.
To be fair, King acknowledged his switcheroo act and still vows to remain critical of Harris as he has been but that hasn’t stopped some of King’s critics for digging at him on the change of heart. We’ve got those reactions listed out below.
How is shaun king proud of Kamala Harris now when he was accusing her of murder during the primary. Lol— ⚖️Imani ‘I Smell Sex and’ Gandy ⚖️ (@AngryBlackLady) August 12, 2020
I cringe when people I know repost Shaun King. Please see the light.— police do not provide public safety. (@ChasingDestinee) August 12, 2020
Dang Shaun King switches up as much as an average Black Woman’s hairstyles throughout the year 😭💀. pic.twitter.com/LdRLahITG7— Charrise Lane (@CharriseLane) August 12, 2020
Welcome to the KHive, Shaun King. 🤣 https://t.co/k9GLc2VMCv— Candice Aiston 😎🍦💛🐝 (@CandiceAiston) August 12, 2020
Shaun King and Kamala Harris could have a baby and his still wouldn’t be 25% Black .— Saint Kincade Anchor of Channel Purple. (@status_culture) August 12, 2020
But y'all anointing them the leaders of the Black people...
Man if you don't get TF ON! 😂😂😂
Shaun King literally accused Kamala Harris of murder, he can fuck all the way off with his fake acknowledgement.— 👑 Black Professor 👑 (@WonderKing82) August 12, 2020
People who are like, "Aha! THIS will embarrass and ruin Shaun King for sure this time!" remind me of people who are like, "Aha! THIS will embarrass and ruin Trump for sure this time!"— Peter Wolf (@peterawolf) August 12, 2020
Both of these men are confidence tricksters and frauds and thieves; shamelessness defines them.
shaun king blocked me because i said he looked like anthony fantano pic.twitter.com/qMudcAQtwS— martin (@willbefamousoon) August 12, 2020