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Following the news on Saturday that former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the 2020 presidential election, Hollywood activists took to social media to celebrate a historic victory: California Sen. Kamala Harris becoming the country’s first woman elected as Vice President as well as the first Black and South Asian person in the role.
The news was called by the Associated Press on Saturday morning after Biden won the state of Pennsylvania and secured enough electoral college votes to secure a win as the 46th president of the United States. This brought his electoral votes to 284 to Trump’s 214.
Taking to Twitter herself, Harris wrote “WE did it, @joeBiden.” Former president Barack Obama called her election as Vice President “groundbreaking” in his lengthy statement posted to Twitter.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted, “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”
A number of stars shared reactions on social media, expressing relief at the results of the election.
Hustlers star Keke Palmer wrote, “My VP is a black woman!” and later tweeted, “I’m so inspired and truly astonished to look and see a black woman in this position. I say BLACK because representation MATTERS! In America I have searched over and over again as a black girl for people in positions of power that look like me!”
Actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks wrote, “I’m so so so relieved. Congrats @JoeBiden I am crying at the thought of @KamalaHarris as Vice President of the United States – wow wow wow.”
“What a tremendous moment in our nation’s history!” wrote Reese Witherspoon on Twitter. “Congrats to our new President @JoeBiden and the First Female Vice President in our history @KamalaHarris.”
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote, “Amma, we made it Overjoyed to welcome our new Vice President: @KamalaHarris.”
The Full Frontal With Samantha Bee host shared a gif of Harris smiling under confetti, with the caption “SAME.” Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote, “Madam Vice President! I’m weeping!”
“HERSTORY” tweeted Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus said, “Madam Vice President” is no longer a fictional character. Elsewhere Mindy Kaling tweeted, “Crying and holding my daughter, “look baby, she looks like us.”
Josh Gad tweeted, “Just started getting chocked up. I really wish my friend @chadwickboseman was here to see @KamalaHarris become the first female VP in history.”
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy interior design expert Bobby Berk wrote, “OMG EVERYONE!!! We have a woman VP!!!!!!!!!!!! #KamalaHarris.” Mandy Moore also shared her enthusiasm, writing, “History made. I am so proud of you, Madame Vice-President Elect!”
Henry Winkler added, “We will now have A Vice President and First Lady to be really proud of … “
Late-night talk show host Lilly Singh also reacted to the news, writing, “BALLE BALLE AUNTY JI!!! @KamalaHarris congratulations on a historic win!!Time to drop that secret celebratory video I’ve been holding onto!”
“Not a crier but I lowkey shed a tear, we won’t let hate win!” wrote Alicia Keys. “When we show up for each other we win! There’s SO much work to be done but I believe we are willing to show up for each other! Let’s keep being loud & strong. Now the real work begins! Big congrats to @KamalaHarris.”
“Dear All young Black girls/ladies/women,If Kamala Harris can be our Vice President, Kamala Harris can be our President.AND SO CAN YOU!” wrote Don Winslow.
Kerry Washington declared, “The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris.”
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation co-founder and executive director Patrisse Cullors issued the below statement on Saturday about the historic win:
“Once again, Black people – especially Black women – have saved the United States. Whether in Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia or Atlanta, Black voters showed up in huge numbers to turn this country around and remove the racist in the White House. What is abundantly clear is Black voters were the factor that tipped the scales in favor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, especially in Rust Belt battleground states. It’s striking that the same people who have been treated the worst by our democracy are doing the most to save it.
We congratulate Joe Biden on becoming President, and particularly Kamala Harris, on becoming the country’s first woman – a Black woman – to serve as Vice President. This historic win is a testament to the work Black women have been doing in the streets, in this campaign, and at every level of politics.
But first, President Trump must concede – and that means dropping his bogus lawsuits to challenge the results. The votes are in and the results are clear. Our government has always honored the voice and will of the people following an election, and we can’t allow this year to be any different. America is a democracy, not a dictatorship, and we will protect, preserve, and defend our vote.
It’s no surprise Trump is refusing to accept the legitimacy of the election results, and he needs to stop undermining our democracy now.”
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