Former Vice President Joe Biden’s long-awaited and much-speculated running mate is Sen. Kamala Harris — a historic announcement that lit up Twitter Tuesday afternoon and instantly made #BidenHarris2020 and “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph start trending.
California’s junior senator, who dropped her own presidential campaign in December, is the first Black woman and the first person of Jamaican and Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. She is only the fourth woman in U.S. history to be chosen for one of the presidential tickets.
The celebrity response to her selection ranged from gleeful to downright hilarious, particularly because it could mean that Rudolph will return to “SNL” to impersonate her. However, her detractors were quick to mention her debate history with Biden, personal track record and half-baked comparisons to President Barack Obama.
Not surprisingly, President Donald Trump’s campaign quickly unleashed unflattering ads to take down the opposing ticket.
Here’s a look at a sampling of the high-profile reactions from Hollywood and beyond:
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020
(1/2) 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 pic.twitter.com/LpG0DvsGuT— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 11, 2020
This is historic. @KamalaHarris as a vice presidential nominee is just a continuation of Black women walking into their power.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 11, 2020
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.— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 11, 2020
maya rudolph bout to eat eat— nebraska jones (@shutupaida) August 11, 2020
Mainly excited for four years of Maya Rudolph.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 11, 2020
The bells are tolling! So proud and so excited at Kamala Harris's naming by our future president, Joe Biden!
She will undoubtedly chew and spit out any male OR female who takes her on.
Well done, VP Biden!!
Love and kisses,
Rita Moreno, newly joyous Puerto Rican