Social media responds to Harris making history: ‘I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing’
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.
It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020
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.”
Kamala Harris has made history as the first woman and first person of color to be elected Vice President of the United States.
Now more than ever, our country’s leadership is more reflective of our diverse and dynamic country.
Congratulations Madam Vice President-elect!
— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) November 7, 2020
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.
I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing.
For the first time, a Black and South Asian woman has been elected Vice President of the United States.
My sister has made history and blazed a trail for future generations to follow.
We love you, @KamalaHarris.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 7, 2020
There’s much to celebrate, but more than anything, I’m excited to celebrate calling my friend @KamalaHarris Madam Vice President.
She’s made history as the first woman, first Black person, first South Asian elected VP. Congratulations, Kamala! Ready to get to work. pic.twitter.com/ROrRSfzjk4
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 7, 2020
In the House, Harris received praise from a number of members, as well as recently elected and future lawmakers, including Jamaal Bowman.
We have not only voted out the most corrupt, dangerous president in modern history but have the opportunity to carry out the most progressive agenda our country has ever seen.
Let’s get to work!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2020
We getting ourselves a Black woman VP y’all. What a day!
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) November 7, 2020
Pop culture figures also took to Twitter, including actress Kerry Washington, who campaigned for Biden and Harris.
The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/EdWQc5rpYD
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 7, 2020
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) November 7, 2020
And Harris’s niece, Meena, noted her 4-year-old daughter’s reaction in a tweet.
My 4 year old just yelled “BLACK GIRLS ARE WELCOME TO BE PRESIDENT!”
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 7, 2020