Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris was met with a loud chorus of boos during a basketball game at her alma mater, Howard University.
Harris watched as her former university lost to the defending NCAA men’s basketball national champion Kansas on Thursday, 96-68.
Howard and Kansas played at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
During the game, Harris appeared on the video board.
However, the VP received an icy reception.
According to multiple reports, the boos outweighed the cheers from the fans.
Harris appeared to hear the booing from the crowd.
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
— Julia 🇺🇸 (@Jules31415) March 17, 2023
After the game, the vice president got a chance to give downtrodden Bison players a pep talk in their locker room after their loss.
“You played hard,” she said.
“You played to the very last second.
“You made all us Bisons proud.
“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.
“You are excellence. You are hard work.
“You are powerful, and you are winners.”
Harris’s speech, however, did not really resonate with the rest of social media.
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 16, 2023
Every team that loses should have to listen to this as punishment.
— California Wager (@CaliforniaWager) March 16, 2023
There is something very wrong with this woman https://t.co/pBqa6egcaR
— Patrick Parsons (@realPParsons) March 17, 2023
Truly feel bad for these guys. They lost the game and then had to be subjected to this speech. https://t.co/bqcRecC7aN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 17, 2023
After losing in the NCAA tournament, the team had to get a locker room speech from……Kamala Harris
You can literally feel the cringe in the room. I’m speechless https://t.co/XiuAHIYQ9H
— Clayton Keirns (@CKeirns) March 17, 2023
Howard was just in their third NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearance in program history.
It was the second time the team was selected as a No. 16 seed.
The Bison were a No. 12 seed in 1981.
This season, Howard coach Kenneth Blakeney led the team to a 22-12 – his best record yet as the head coach. It was only three years ago when Howard only had four wins.