After months of feverish speculation, Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that California Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate in the 2020 election. Harris will be the first Black woman and the first person of Indian heritage to ever be nominated for national office by a major party.
The historic nature of her selection was cause for widespread celebration on social media. Progressives who already aren’t pumped about Biden’s candidacy and are suspicious of Harris’s record as a District Attorney and Attorney General bemoaned the pick, but the figurehead of their movement, Bernie Sanders, was quick to congratulate his fellow senator. “She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history,” Sanders wrote. “Let’s get to work and win.”
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 11, 2020
Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass, who was among Harris’s fellow vice presidential frontrunners, issued a thread of tweets calling Harris “a great choice for Vice President,” adding that her “tenacious pursuit of justice and relentless advocacy for the people is what we need right now. I worked closely with her when I was in Sacramento and she was the District Attorney in San Francisco. I continue to work closely with her here in Washington, DC as we push to reform our nation’s policing system.”
Bass concluded, “California is better because of her work as Attorney General and stronger because of her work as Senator. Now all Americans will benefit from her work as Vice President. I will do everything I can to help her and @JoeBiden win in November.”
@KamalaHarris is a great choice for Vice President.
Her tenacious pursuit of justice and relentless advocacy for the people is what is needed right now. 1/ pic.twitter.com/Fnv9SgWxDc
— Karen Bass (@KarenBassTweets) August 11, 2020
Other reported VP hopefuls also voiced their support, including Amy Klobuchar, who said on Twitter that she was “filled with joy,” and Elizabeth Warren, who posted a lengthier statement to Instagram in which she calls Harris “an inspiration to millions of women who see themselves in her.”
Filled with joy that Sen. @KamalaHarris is our Vice Presidential nominee! This is a historic moment, and I know that her leadership, experience, and character will help move our country forward when she and @JoeBiden take back the White House!
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 11, 2020
Locally, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was on Biden’s Vice Presidential search committee, tweeted from his personal account to congratulate his “dear friend,” continuing in a subsequent tweet that he’s proud that the selection process “elevated so many women qualified to lead our country,” adding, “We worked to build a team that puts women at the table, reflects America, and that will lead our country forward.”
Congratulations to my dear friend and our next Vice President, @KamalaHarris. She is passionate. She is powerful. She is brilliant. She is compassionate. Kamala will help @JoeBiden unite the American people, restore our nation's soul, and rebuild our country.
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) August 11, 2020
Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, who was also on the search committee, said, “I know first-hand what an exceptional Vice President [Harris] will be. Now let’s get to work to make it happen.”
Plenty of Hollywood Dems tweeted their support for the official ticket. Actress Gabrielle Union made Harris her “woman crush Wednesday,” saying, “I met her during President Obama’s first inauguration party with mutual friends and I found her whip smart, easy to talk to, and passionate about creating change.” Director and vocal Hollywood progressive Rob Reiner said, “Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!! Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!” And actress Julia Louis Dreyfus, aka Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, shared a photo of herself on Instagram holding up a copy of today’s New York Times, headlined, “Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Achieving a First.”https://www.instagram.com/p/CDy4Z8OhQZs/
The person everyone wanted to hear from was even more concise. Maya Rudolph, who’s currently nominated for an Emmy for impersonating Harris on Saturday Night Live, simply said, “Oh shit.”
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