Joe Biden Selects Kamala Harris as His Vice Presidential Running Mate: Hollywood Reacts

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. If elected she will be the first woman and Black person to serve in the office of vice president.

By Cydney Contreras Aug 11, 2020 9:24 PMTags
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Hollywood is reacting to presidential candidate Joe Biden's historic announcement.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the former Vice President finally revealed that he's selected Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. He said in a statement, written in part, "Her record of accomplishment—fighting tooth and nail for what's right—is why I'm choosing her. There is no door Kamala won't knock on, no stone she'll leave unturned, if it means making life better—for the people."

Harris added in her own statement, "@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief."

If elected, Kamala will be the first woman to serve as vice president for the United States of America. Additionally, she'd be the first Black and South Asian American vice president.

Only two women have ever run for vice president in American history: Geraldine Ferraro and, most recently, Sarah Palin

The historic significance of this moment, in addition to Harris' background, has inspired an outpouring of support from Hollywood and beyond. 

To see how celebrities are reacting to Harris joining forces with Biden, continue reading below.

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George Takei: "Biden/Harris will begin to heal our nation. From the devastation of the virus to systemic racism, from the economic collapse to the looming climate crisis, we have chosen two great leaders who will lift us up together, toward a new future, toward a new America. #BidenHarris2020."

John Legend"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."

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Karamo Brown"So excited that @SenKamalaHarris is the VP pick! I'm ready to do all I can to ensure a #BidenHarris2020 victory in November!"

Debra Messing: "BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has chosen KAMALA HARRIS as his running mate. And . I. AM. ALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!"

Whoopi Goldberg"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!"

Mark Hamill: "The next Vice President of the United States of America."

Elizabeth Banks"Congrats to all of us, especially @joebiden because @kamalaharris is a powerhouse #bidenharris2020."

Mindy Kaling"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 fabric of our lives in America, and now to see @kamalaharris rise to the top like this? It's thrilling!! I am filled with hope and excitement. Thank you @joebiden. Let's do this!⁣"

Adam Rippon"I  CANNOT wait to vote for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris in November. Kamala is FANTASTIC. IM SO EXCITED."

Lynda Carter"This is an extraordinary moment. Not just for women and girls.  Not just for those of us who are of mixed heritage. This moment is for every American who dares to dream of a brighter future for our great Republic. Congratulations, @KamalaHarris!"

LeBron James"Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB."

Sarah Paulson"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"

Maya Rudolph"I'm as surprised as you are, guys. I don't know that I'm ready to go right this minute, but it's so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it's my true love."

Julia Louis Dreyfus"@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden I'm thrilled! I have no joke to tweet. Simply thrilled. Let's do this!"

Tony Goldwyn: "Congrats @KamalaHarris on making history (again)! Now let's get this DONE!!! @JoeBiden #VOTE"

Jessica Biel"What a historic moment for women of color, little girls with big dreams, and mothers everywhere. We are cheering for you."

Jennifer Aniston"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. #wehaveherback"

Robin Wright"'Black women and women of color have long been underrepresented in elected office and in November we have an opportunity to change that. Let's get to work" -Kamala Harris' LET'S GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!"

Zoey Deutch"BIDEN / HARRIS 2020 today is a good day."

Taylor Swift"YES"