Kamala Harris to Headline Fundraiser Hosted by Hollywood Producer Who Derided Women as ‘Twats’ — and Called Harris ‘Tiresome’

UPDATE: Trump campaign calls on Biden to return money

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September 3, 2020

Kamala Harris is headlining a Thursday afternoon fundraiser cohosted by a Hollywood producer who has disparaged Republican women as "twats" and argued that Harris herself was "tiresome" and needed to "grow a pair."

Doug Prochilo, who gave at least $100,000 to cohost the Biden campaign's virtual fundraiser, routinely calls female Republicans "twats." He described former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as an "amoral, demented twat," current press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as "an insane twat," and Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wy.) as a "lying, ignorant twat." In 2018, he referred to Maine Sen. Susan Collins and two of her Republican colleagues as "uptight old twats."

In May 2018, Prochilo also slammed Harris, who will be the main speaker at Thursday's event, calling on her to "grow a pair" and quit her "tiresome" campaign for president.

Prochilo's most recent attack on Republican women was directed at Melania Trump on the Fourth of July. Prochilo called the First Lady an "illegal immigrant criminal" in response to her well wishes for the holiday.

The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Immediately after publication of this article, Prochilo protected his Twitter account—screenshots of Prochilo's remarks were captured by the Free Beacon. By Friday morning, his account had been deleted entirely.

The fundraiser will feature big Hollywood names such as J.J. Abrams, Lee Daniels, and Ryan Murphy alongside Harris and a slew of others from the entertainment industry. To be a cohost for the Biden Victory fundraiser, individuals must donate $100,000. Ticket prices start at $10,000 per person and cap at $500,000.

The Trump campaign called on Friday afternoon for Biden to return money received from Prochilo.

"Joe Biden and the hypocrites in the Democrat Party are all about the #MeToo movement, until it’s no longer politically advantageous," said Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the campaign. "The latest proof is Biden welcoming a Hollywood producer known for posting vile and demeaning sentiments against women to cohost his fundraiser."

 "If Joe Biden really was the man of character he claims to be, he would return this donation and condemn the disgraceful comments from his supporter," Pierson said.

Prochilo is married to Netflix vice president Bela Bajaria, who runs content acquisition for the streaming giant. Bajaria is also listed as a cohost for the Biden fundraiser.

Prochilo's Hollywood writing credits include just three productions, all from 2005, most notably for a single episode of Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He also produced an episode of the TV series That's Life in 2000.

UPDATE, Friday, Sept. 4, 11:14 a.m.: This article was updated to reflect that Prochilo deleted Twitter account.

UPDATE, Friday, Sept. 4, 4:08 p.m.: This article was updated with comment from the Trump campaign.