Vice President Kamala Harris showed up to cheer on her alma mater Howard University in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, but the audience booed her when she was featured on the big screen.
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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Harris and husband Doug Emhoff were briefly featured on the big screen, but showed sour expressions when boos erupted.
The team lost to Kansas, and video later surfaced on social media of Harris giving a postgame speech to the team.
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"You played hard. You played to the very last second. You made all us Bison proud," she said. "You are smart. You are disciplined. You put everything you had into the game. You guys 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."
"So I know you may not be feeling great right now, OK, but know who you are," she added. "You are excellence. You are hard work. You are powerful, and you are winners."
If Harris's handlers thought this was going to help her image, however, they probably regretted the decision, as the speech was soundly mocked by commenters.
California Wager said, "Every team that loses should have to listen to this as punishment."
Clayton Keirns said, "You can literally hear the cringe in the room. I'm speechless."
Patrick Parsons said, "There is something very wrong with this woman."
Caleb Parke said, "Why does it always sound like she's talking to second-graders? So condescending."
To see this kind of display shows that the public really, really doesn't like Harris; even her own alma mater doesn't show her the most basic respect.
This doesn't bode well for her or for President Joe Biden, who is relying on voters to be comfortable with Harris as president if something happens to him during the next two to six years he tries to stay in office. Republicans should definitely highlight Harris's many gaffes and blunders during the upcoming campaign to remind America what awaits them if Biden's health gives out.