Celebrities rejoiced over Joe Biden’s running mate announcement for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, expressing hope and well wishes for his long-awaited choice, Sen. Kamala Harris.
“The Office” star Mindy Kaling was ecstatic, calling the announcement “thrilling.”
“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?” she wrote, adding, “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!”
“Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it!” wrote basketball star Lebron James.
“Scandal” actress Kerry Washington wrote “Yes We Kam!”
New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanon said he was on the phone with actress Kirsten Dunst when the news broke.
“Amazing. Amazing. I have to turn on the news,” Dunst responded, according to Buchanon. “All my son lets me watch is Nick Jr.”
“Kamala Harris is not only Black, she is of South Asian heritage. This is the first time an Asian American has been nominated to a major party ticket,” wrote actor George Takei.
“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,” wrote John Legend.
Comedian Amy Schumer rejoiced while also voicing her support for Harris against the inevitable attacks.
“The sexist and racist political attacks on @KamalaHarris have already begun. Let’s demand that the media keep these ignorant, bad-faith attacks out of their 2020 election coverage. Let her know: #WeHaveHerBack,” SHE SAID.
Jamie Lee Curtis also weighed in that she feels Harris is a “bold” and “strong” choice.
Patton Oswalt responded with some witty sarcasm.
“Not cool, Joe. You know Pence can’t be alone onstage to debate Harris. Why put that poor, frail flower through all this angst?” he wrote.
Rosie O’Donnell simply wrote “AMEN!!” with a photo of the two running mates smiling.
“Billy on the Street” star Billy Eichner said, “I will be voting for these people. Thank you.”
And of course, former President Barack Obama weighed in.
“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,” he wrote. “This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”
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Biden/Harris. I'm down. Roll out. https://t.co/2UnCajO8eb
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 11, 2020
The bells are tolling! So proud and so excited at Kamala Harris's naming by our future president, Joe Biden!
She will undoubtedly chew and spit out any male OR female who takes her on.
Well done, VP Biden!!
Love and kisses,
Rita Moreno, newly joyous Puerto Rican 🌹💐❤️☝🏽👍🏾
— Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) August 11, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has chosen KAMALA HARRIS as his running mate. And . I. AM. ALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!! @KamalaHarris
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) August 11, 2020
Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!! Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 11, 2020