Vice President Kamala Harris was booed during the first round of the NCAA’s March Madness tournament, a day after crowds chanted “lock her up” at her taping of “The Late Show.”
Harris appeared at a Des Moines, Iowa game between her alma mater, Howard University and number one seed Kansas, on day three of the tournament.
The Vice President took in the first round from the comfort of a skybox with her husband Douglas Emhoff.
When the couple appeared on the Wells Fargo Arena’s jumbotron, a chorus of boos from the crown loudly muffled a smattering of applause.
During the second half of the game, Harris said that her Bisons were a tough team.
“They work hard, they are so disciplined and it is a joy to watch them here in March Madness,” she told the Daily Mail. “So many of us who are here, we love our school.”
“And Howard University, I ran for my first office as freshman class representative and have always been part of the Howard community.”
“And I’m sure that everyone who has a team understands what it means and the joy and the commitment that we have in the traditions and the loyalty to your team,” she stated.
A man in Harris’ skybox went viral on Twitter for appearing to her hair while she was watching the game intently.
Conservative commentator Greg Price later shared additional footage that proved the guy was just leaning into speak to someone, rather than taking a whiff of the VP like a stalker.
“Would like to formally apologize to sniff man,” Price captioned the video.
“We got buzzed from the booth and upon further review, it appears he leaned in to talk to someone. The flag has been picked up.”
Harris gave the Bison’s a post-game pep talk in their locker room, after they were slaughtered 96-68 by the Kansas Jayhawks.
Harris bid them to “please know” that she and other alumni all over the world were “proud” of their team, even thought the student athletes may not have been “feeling great” at the time.
“You put everything you had into the game, and you know that’s what it’s about, right,” Harris said.
“Until the last minute, you guys did that. You didn’t stop until the last second, you 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. I mean, literally what you have done is in historic proportion,” she went on.
“I was at Howard back in the day, where we just happy that there was a game, much less getting to this place.”
A day before the game, Harris was heckled by protestors outside of the studio where “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is filmed.
As the Vice President and her team entered their vehicles after the episode taping, protestors holding signs chanted “lock her up,” in a video that has gone viral with over 670,000 views.
During the interview, Harris dodged questions about what her job as the vice president entailed.
The pair were discussing Showtime’s political satire “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Harris’ fictional counterpart, when Colbert noted that thematically, the main character was “frustrated” by the “vague duties” of the position.
“It’s a high constitutional office, but does not describe what you’re supposed to be doing,” he posited.
“Does that ring true? Like, what’s the actual role on a daily basis as you have found it?”
Harris gave an equally vague answer when she pivoted to praising Biden as an “extraordinary leader.”
“Does he understand what it’s like to be vice president?” Colbert joked, and she replied that “he does.”
“He really is a true partner and he understands that job… and remember, we came in during the height of the pandemic and so much of the work was about… okay, we’ve got to cover a lot of bases and let’s figure out between us how we can do it,” she continued.
“But he’s an extraordinary leader and I wish people could see what I see because there’s only one person who sits behind that Resolute Desk.”
“And the decisions that person has to make are the decisions that nobody else in the country can make. And he’s an extraordinary leader. He really is,” Harris finally concluded.
“That’s an excellent answer and, uh, the question was, what’s the job of the vice president, Colbert remarked. “And your answer is part of the job, I’m guessing?”