Today the world is witness to a great step forward. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has chosen Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.
Superstars from Taylor Swift to LeBron James have articulated their support for Harris. If Biden is elected in November, Harris will be the first female vice president and first vice president of color. Harris is also only the fourth woman in U.S. history to be chosen for one of the presidential tickets.
Congratulations @KamalaHarris. I am thrilled for you and relieved and excited for our country. God Bless America!
PS I knew it would be you, because @JoeBiden respects those who confront him with dignity. Bravo! To both of you! #leadership #teamworkisdreamwork #BidenHarris2020
— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) August 11, 2020
YES SHE WAS SENATOR HARRIS!!! https://t.co/nW9tRdJu6D
— Maya Rudolph (@MayaRudolph) September 29, 2019
Such a momentous announcement has ignited celebratory reactions on social media and Harris has been on the receiving end of some highly significant Twitter endorsements from Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Bernie Sanders.
👏🏾🙌🏾👏🏾🙌🏾✊🏾Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB https://t.co/OErXQ5TqQL
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 11, 2020
Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let’s take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!!
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 11, 2020
(1/2) Was there ever more of an exciting day? For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office? We work so hard and contribute to the pic.twitter.com/LpG0DvsGuT
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020
The former president, Barack Obama tweeted: “I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”
While 2016 Democratic nominee Clinton wrote: “I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.”
Real actual tears of joy over here in the Hart household https://t.co/FuwDcuWOte
— P!nk (@Pink) August 11, 2020
Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 11, 2020
History has been made! Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, daughter to Jamaican & Indian parents, and the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket!! #KamalaHarrisForVP pic.twitter.com/6R9t13abyY
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) August 12, 2020
Democratic Vermont Senator Sanders praises Harris who he said “understands how to fight for the working people.”
He tweeted: “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.”
Indeed, as this info graphic from Statista shows, Harris is hugely popular among registered Democratic voters.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 11, 2020
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) August 12, 2020
Harris is popular with a number of stars as well, who swiftly exhibited their backing for Biden’s running mate on social media. Scandal star Kerry Washington shared an earnest post, saying she was “overwhelmed” by such a historic moment.
She tweeted: “Overwhelmed by this historic moment. @KamalaHarris is the first Black woman & first Asian-American/Indian to be a VP nominee of major party. My heart is soaring for all the kids out there who see themselves in her and will dream bigger because of this. #KamalaHarrisForVP.”
Overwhelmed by this historic moment. @KamalaHarris is the first Black woman & first Asian-American/Indian to be a VP nominee of major party. My heart is soaring for all the kids out there who see themselves in her and will dream bigger because of this. #KamalaHarrisForVP
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 11, 2020
This truly is a new day for women, for people of color and for humanity as a whole!