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Social media responds to Harris making history: ‘I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing’

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Figures in politics and pop culture took to social media on Saturday to congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for making history as the first woman, Black person and Indian American to be elected to the office. 

The history-making moment comes 150 years after Black men got the right to vote and 100 years ago after women were granted the same right. 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who made history in 2016 as the first female presidential nominee on a major party ticket in the U.S., noted the “history-making ticket” on Twitter. 

 

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who played a significant role in galvanizing the Black vote behind Vice President-elect Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, propelling him to a victory in South Carolina and a series of wins on Super Tuesday, wrote “our country’s leadership is more reflective of our diverse and dynamic country.” 

 

Harris’s former Democratic rivals in the 2020 primary and Senate colleagues, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also acknowledged the enormity of the moment on Twitter. 

 

 

 

In the House, Harris received praise from a number of members, as well as recently elected and future lawmakers, including Jamaal Bowman. 

 

 

 

Pop culture figures also took to Twitter, including actress Kerry Washington, who campaigned for Biden and Harris. 

 

 

 And Harris’s niece, Meena, noted her 4-year-old daughter’s reaction in a tweet.

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