March Madness crowd cheers on VP Kamala Harris at Howard vs. Kansas


March 17, 2023 | 3:19 in the morning

Vice President Kamala Harris was booed while attending the NCAA Tournament game Thursday, where her alma mater Howard University was eliminated in the first round of March Madness.

When the veep was shown on the video board during a 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 saw the University of Kansas Jayhawks defeat the Howard Bison — from which Harris graduated in 1986 — 96-68 in a West Conference matchup.

Harris, who watched the game in a suite with her husband and fellow gentleman Doug Emhoff, visited Howard’s locker room after the loss to thank the players for their efforts and impressive season.

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

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff (R) 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 is seen waving as she is shown on the big screen during the game between the Howard Bison and the Kansas Jayhawks at Wells Fargo Arena on March 16, 2023.

“You’re smart. You’re disciplined. You put everything you had into the game,” Harris continued. “And you know that’s what it’s all about, right. Until the last minute you guys did it, you didn’t stop until the last second you didn’t stop and that’s so inspiring. So you keep playing with your chin up and your shoulders back because you showed the world who the bison are.”

When he went to the school, Harris joked, the fans there were just happy there was a game, “much less getting to this place.”

Vice President Kamala Harris shakes the hand of Howard Bison men’s basketball coach Kenny Blakeney during his address to the team on March 16, 2023.

“You make us so proud, I know you may not be feeling well right now, ok, but know who you are: you are excellence, you are hardworking, you are powerful and you are winners,” he said before offering the tour. From the White House to a group of young men.

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

The historically black university in D.C. was making its first trip to the men’s NCAA tournament since 1992 before their loss on Thursday. It was the show’s third ever trip to the Big Dance.

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