March Madness crowd boos VP Kamala Harris at Howard vs. Kansas game
Vice President Kamala Harris was showered with boos while attending a NCAA Tournament game Thursday where her alma mater Howard University was blown out in a first round game of March Madness.
When the veep was shown on video board during the men’s basketball game, the boos were louder than the applause inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Idaho, the Associated Press reported.
The Democrat witnessed the top-seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks trounce the Howard Bison – where Harris graduated in 1986 – by a score of 96-68 in the west region matchup.
Harris, who watched the game in a suite with husband and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, visited Howard’s locker room after the loss to commend the players on their effort and impressive season.
“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.”
“You are smart. You are disciplined. You put everything you had into the game,” Harris went on to say. “And you know that’s what it’s about, right. Until the last minute, you guys did that, you didn’t stop until the last second you did not stop, and that is so inspiring. So you keep playing with chin up and shoulders back because you showed the world who Bison are.”
Harris joked when she went to school there fans were just happy there was a game, “much less getting to this place.”
“You make us so proud so I know you might not be feeling great right now, OK, but know who you are: you are excellence, you are hard work, you are powerful and you are winners,” she said before offering a tour of the White House to the group of young men.
The historically black university based in DC made its first trip to the men’s NCAA tournament since 1992 before their loss Thursday. It was the program’s third ever trip to the Big Dance.
With Post wires