March Madness crowd challenges VP Kamala Harris at the Howard vs. Kansas


March 17, 2023 | 3:19 am

Vice President Kamala Harris was showered with boos when she attended an NCAA Tournament game Thursday, where her alma mater Howard University was blown away in a March Madness first-round game.

When the veep was shown on the video board during the men’s basketball game, the boos were louder than the applause at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, the Associated Press reported.

The Democrat witnessed the top-seeded Jayhawks from the University of Kansas beat the Howard Bison – where Harris graduated in 1986 – by a score of 96-68 in the Western Region.

Harris, who watched the game in a suite with husband and second lord Doug Emhoff, visited Howard’s dressing room after the loss to praise the players for their efforts and impressive season.

“You guys are so good, you guys are so good,” said Harris when she met the team and gave them a round of applause. “You played hard, you played to the very last second, you made all of us Bisons so, so proud.”

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff (right) attend the game between the Howard Bison and the Kansas Jayhawks at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, on March 16, 2023.
Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she appears on the big screen during the game between the Howard Bison and Kansas Jayhawks at Wells Fargo Arena on March 16, 2023.

“You are smart. You are disciplined. You put everything you had into the game,” Harris continued. that you didn’t stop, and that’s so inspiring So you keep playing with chin up and shoulders back because you showed the world who Bison is.

Harris joked when she went to school that fans were just happy there was a game, “never mind going to this place.”

Vice President Kamala Harris shakes hands with Howard Bison Men’s Basketball coach Kenny Blakeney during her address to the team on March 16, 2023.

“You make us so proud, so I know you might not feel great right now, okay, but know who you are: you’re outstanding, you’re hard work, you’re powerful, and you’re winners,” she said before taking a tour of the White House to the group of young men.

Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson shoots the ball into the Howard Bison during the second half at Wells Fargo Arena on March 16, 2023.

The historically black college in D.C. made its first trip to the men’s NCAA tournament since 1992 before losing on Thursday. It was the program’s third-ever trip to the Big Dance.

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