Vice President Kamala Harris was met with boos from the crowd as she attended an NCAA Tournament game on Thursday, where her alma mater, Howard University, suffered a crushing defeat in a first-round game of March Madness. Despite being shown on the video board during the men’s basketball game, the sound of boos drowned out any applause within Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, according to the Associated Press.
Harris watched as top-seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks soundly defeated the Howard Bison, where Harris graduated in 1986, with a final score of 96-68 in the west region matchup. The Vice President and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, observed the game from a suite, and later paid a visit to Howard’s locker room to commend the players for their efforts and impressive season, despite the loss.
“You guys are so good, you guys are so good,” Harris said as she met the team and gave them a round of applause. “You played hard, you played to the very last second, you made all us Bisons so, so proud.”
In a post-game visit to Howard University’s locker room, encouraging words were spoken by Vice President Kamala Harris to the Howard Bison players. It was remarked that they were smart, disciplined, and gave their all during the game. The players were reminded that their efforts, demonstrated by playing until the last second, were inspiring and demonstrated what the team was about. The Bison players were encouraged to keep their chins up and shoulders back, as they had shown the world what it means to be a Bison.
Here’s what the Daily Mail reported:
Kamala Harris was booed on the third day of the NCAA’s March Madness tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, as she watched her alma mater, Howard University, fall to college basketball powerhouse Kansas.
Having graduated from the historically black college and university (HBCU) with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics in 1986, Harris showed up in a suite at the Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday to see her Bisons get blown out by the Jayhawks, 68-96, along with her husband and second gentleman, Doug Emhoff.
‘I mean, here we are in Des Moines. And they are a tough time, they work hard, they are so disciplined and it is a joy to watch them here in March Madness,’ Harris said of Howard’s men’s basketball team in the second half. ‘So many of us who are here, we love our school.’
Kamala Harris was booed by the crowd at a surprise March Madness appearance in Iowa as she watched her alma mater Howard University fall to Kansas, according to the AP. 😂 pic.twitter.com/gnZakJOhXa
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— New York Post (@nypost) March 17, 2023
Des Moines, Iowa, March Madness crowd boos Kamala Harris at men’s NCAA basketball game https://t.co/Un2A9q0Ct5
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Kamala Harris is BOOED by the crowd at surprise basketball tournament appearance https://t.co/zhcVASDuRH
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 16, 2023