20 Most Famous Kamala Harris Nicknames

This article is about nicknames for Kamala Devi Harris, the 49th and current vice president of the United States. Following her inauguration on January 20, 2021, alongside President Joe Biden, Harris became the highest-ranking female politician in American history and the first woman of Black and South Asian descent to hold the office.

Did you know that Harris only got married for the first time at 49? Proof that it’s never too late to find love. Let’s dive into some of the most popular nicknames for Kamala Harris without wasting time.

1. Momala

When Harris first met her husband, Doug Emhoff, he was a divorced dad with two kids named Cole and Ella. She had no wish to insert herself into their lives until she was sure the relationship was for the long haul. They eventually got married in 2014. In a conversation with her stepchildren about what they should call her, Harris says, “Cole, Ella, and I agreed that we didn’t like “stepmom.” Instead, they came up with the name “Momala.” Thus was a nickname born. 

2. Phony Kamala

It’s rare to find a famous American political figure who doesn’t have a nickname coined by Donald Trump. It’s worse if they’re perceived as an opponent that Harris was by being the running mate of then contender and now president, Joe Biden. Trump coined the epithet “Phony Kamala” following Biden’s announcement of Harris as his pick for running mate in the build-up to the 2020 election. In a statement by President Donald Trump’s senior campaign advisor Katrina Pierson, it was claimed that Harris called Biden, a racist in an attempt to solidify her as a phony. This claim has long been dismissed as false.

3. KAH’-mah-lah/Kamala-mala-mala

At a rally in Georgia for then President Trump, Republican Senator David Perdue made fun of then colleague Harris by willfully mispronouncing her name. In closing remarks at the rally, Perdue referred to Harris when he said, “KAH’-mah-lah? Kah-MAH’-lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”  While the audience laughed, the comment didn’t go down easily as Perdue faced significant backlash in the media for it. Trump would go on to lose Georgia and ultimately a second-term reelection bid. One could say that Harris had the last laugh.

4. Camel Laugh

Donald Trump is once again involved in this one. While he may not have been the originator of the nickname “Camel Laugh,” he certainly helped promote it. Trump, known to be very vocal on Twitter before his eventual ban, used his account occasionally to vilify his opponents. On one such occasion in August 2020, Trump shared two different tweets that referred to the California Democrat and then-vice presidential nominee by the derogatory name.

5. Nasty

Trump has a repertoire of insulting jibes, and “Nasty” is one too common. He famously used it in describing Hillary Clinton in the hotly contested 2016 presidential election. Perhaps because he won then, he thought to try it again in his attack on Kamala Harris. Following Harris’s nomination, Trump called Harris “nasty” and “mean” for her grilling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

6. Kopmala

Harris was initially running for President under the Democratic Party before dropping out. The most famous meme associated with her short-lived run was described as “Kopmala Harris.” The reason? Before she was in the Senate—and aspiring to the White House—Harris developed a reputation as San Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general as being tough on crime. Her law enforcement history became a meme as she ran for president, leading her to be known as Kamala the Cop, or Kopmala.

7. Kamalapalooza

The hashtag #kamalapalooza can be found on Twitter which is coined from the word “lollapalooza,” which means a person or thing that is particularly impressive or attractive. There’s no denying that she is, with former President Obama once describing her as the “best looking attorney general.”

8. Pioneer

On her confirmation as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Harris chose “Pioneer” as her codename. It’s not hard to see why. The name was a nod to Harris taking her place in history as the first Black woman and Indian American woman on a major party ticket and, eventually, the first woman vice president.

Other nicknames for Kamala Harris include:

9. Kneepads

10. Kameltoe

11. Madam Swallow

12. The Mouth That Roared

13. Wokequake

14. Joe’s Boss,

15. More Woman Than Michele

16. The Blow from the Indies

17. The San Francisco Treat

18. Heels Up

19. Kam

20. Karris

Do you have any other nicknames that we may have left out? Let us know in the comments below.

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