The Top Celebrity Reactions to Kamala Harris’s Vice Presidential Nomination

With the 2020 presidential election quickly approaching, there’s been a lot of chatter about who would be selected as presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate in November. For months, there has been heavy speculation that Stacey Abrams would be his partner on the ticket, but the world was in for a big surprise. 

On Aug. 11, Biden announced via email to his supporters that Kamala Harris would be his running mate. With the announcement, Harris became the first Black woman and first South Asian woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. In a matter of minutes, a social media frenzy began, with celebrities reacting to the news and showing their support. 

There were dozens of celebs who showed their love to the senator. Here are a few of the top reactions from some of our most beloved entertainers. 

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John Legend expressed deep confidence in the Democratic party 

Singer John Legend has never been one to shy away from expressing his political beliefs on social media. He frequently voiced dissatisfaction with incumbent President Donald Trump, and was one of the first to congratulate Harris on her nomination. 

“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,” Legend wrote on Twitter.

Mindy Kaling was excited to see a woman of color on the ballot

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Actress and writer Mindy Kaling was quick to share her excitement for Harris’s nomination, revealing her personal connection to the moment. Both Kaling and Harris share Indian ancestry (both of Kaling’s parents are Indian, while Harris’s mother is from India), so the announcement hit especially close to home for her. 

“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?” Kaling gushed on Twitter.

She continued: “We work so hard and contribute to the fabric of our lives in America, & now to see @SenKamalaHarris rise to the top like this? It’s thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @JoeBiden. Let’s do this!⁣”

Former President Barack Obama tweeted his support for Kamala Harris

Former President Barack Obama hopped on Twitter Tuesday to show his support for Harris, too. He penned a lengthy note that acknowledged both Biden and Harris, expressing confidence in their abilities to lead America. Presidential nominee Joe Biden served as Vice President to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.

“I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time,” he wrote. “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.”

Kerry Washington felt emotionally overwhelmed by the historic moment

Kerry Washington also chimed into the announcement Tuesday night, stating that she felt “overwhelmed” by the magnitude of the moment. Kerry Washington is no stranger to the world of politics, as she played the lead role of Olivia Pope, a Washington, D.C. based crisis manager, in the critically-acclaimed political drama Scandal from 2012 to 2018. 

“Overwhelmed by this historic moment. @KamalaHarris is the first Black woman & first Asian-American/Indian to be a VP nominee of major party,” Washington shared. “My heart is soaring for all the kids out there who see themselves in her and will dream bigger because of this. #KamalaHarrisForVP”

Many other celebrities shared their thoughts on the announcement over the course of the evening, expressing excitement for the upcoming presidential election. Regardless of its outcome, it will surely be one to remember.