On Wednesday, October 7, vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris took the stage in Salt Lake City, Utah, to debate (opens in new tab) against Vice President Mike Pence. The nation didn't know what to expect after last week's disaster, otherwise known as the first presidential debate (opens in new tab), but it's safe to say things were a bit more...vice presidential tonight, and Twitter couldn't be more thrilled with Harris' debate performance. After all, it's a milestone in itself that a Black, South-Asian woman was on our TV screens tonight.
During the debate, Harris and Pence were separated by plexiglass after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday. Both Senator Harris and Vice President Pence tested negative for COVID-19, but Harris' team demanded (opens in new tab) that proper safety protocols be in place. Naturally, the first topic of discussion was the COVID-19 pandemic that's killed over 210,000 Americans, and Harris reinforced the need for competent leadership that's been lacking under the Trump/Pence administration. That was only the beginning of Harris speaking truth to power throughout the night.
The Commission on Presidential Debates says it's taking additional health and safety precautions at the #VPdebate, including the use of plexiglass, in the wake of President Trump's positive diagnosis.Here's what the inside of the debate hall looks like. https://t.co/aceoEaDiC1 pic.twitter.com/17yHeBpedYOctober 8, 2020
See the best reactions to Harris' VP debate performance, below.
The first time a Democratic nominee for Vice President is on this stage. The first time a women of color is on this stage. The first time a Black woman is on this stage. The first time an AAPI woman is on this stage in history. Historic. #WeHaveHerBack #VPDebate2020October 8, 2020
She’s swinging right out the gate #Debates2020October 8, 2020
Ok, sis...let’s go, you got this!💪🏾❤️🤍💙October 8, 2020
Composure. Strength. Grace. Getting her point across, without hysterics or yelling. THIS is how you debate. Thank you, Senator Harris. #Debates2020October 8, 2020
She is so goodOctober 8, 2020
“Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.” 👏👏👏October 8, 2020
"You respect the American people when you tell them the truth." - @KamalaHarris 👏👏👏👏#VPDebate #EmergeNowOctober 8, 2020
Good luck to our next VP, whoever she might be. #Debates2020October 8, 2020
I'm so proud of @KamalaHarris - her heart and experience and yes she is the second Black woman to ever serve in the U.S. Senate #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
Pence just said stop playing politics with people’s lives to Sen. Kamala Harris! The nerve! #BlackWomenLead2020October 8, 2020
That breakdown of what “in debt” means was the Blackest thing I’ve ever heard in a presidential debate. “That means you owe somebody money.”🤣🤣🤣 - @KamalaHarris cue the @rihanna #bitchbettahavemymoney memes #Debates2020October 8, 2020
IT MEANS YOU OWE MONEY TO SOM-BOD-EE. #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
RECLAIM YOUR TIME, KAMALA.October 8, 2020
.@KamalaHarris was born for this.October 8, 2020
Based on Harris' performance, I suspect she's had some experience shutting down dudes who interrupt her.October 8, 2020
This is a real debate. Kamala came ready. No games are being played. Black girl magic is on full display #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
Kamala Harris's facial expressions for president.October 8, 2020
KAMALA WITH THE RECEIPTS THANK YOU SUSANOctober 8, 2020
I mean.....there’s shade......and then there is what Kamala Harris is doing...... 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑October 8, 2020
I mean, @KamalaHarris straight wiping the floor with this lamp post of a man. talkin’ laps here. 🏊🏽♂️ THIS IS NOT CLOSE.October 8, 2020
Nah. @KamalaHarris has been inspiring ME for a loooooong time. https://t.co/jC5MSIE9SAOctober 8, 2020
Senator Harris has such a calm head and a clear way of explaining policy and politics to the American people in a way they can understand. Imagine having a leader in the White House again who can actually calmly express themselves!!!! #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
Come on Kamala!! Feel like I’m watching someone rise to the occasion. She is speaking with precision. She is prosecuting this administration. We need this kind of clarity.October 8, 2020
CONTINUE THE HISTORY LESSON KAMALA!!!October 8, 2020
Kamala Harris is every Black woman who had to remain calm in a work meeting when lesser qualified white men rudely spoke over them, spouting less than mediocre ideas while the person "in charge" does nothing to stop it and everyone judges *you* for "appearing" frustratedOctober 8, 2020
Holy wow, Kamala Harris is just the living definition of grace under pressure. She's is so ready to lead. #VPDebatesOctober 8, 2020
Thank you @KamalaHarris for standing for your record and calling out the failure of this administration to condemn white supremacy which we all saw on national television #VoteForHer #VPDebate #WinWithBlackWomenOctober 8, 2020
Right now i think I’ve never seen a better debate performance anywhere than @KamalaHarris tonight. BreathtakingOctober 8, 2020
You are seeing history. @KamalaHarris is strong prepared experienced clear and showing up the dude that is failing despite hundreds of years of privilege. SHE WILL NOT BE LECTURED. HE DOESN'T KNOW. #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
Kamala Harris brought heat and the truth.Mike Pence brought pink eye and a fly.October 8, 2020
I am so proud of @KamalaHarris.October 8, 2020
Kamala handily won that debate. The fly gets second place.October 8, 2020
Watching @KamalaHarris own that debate stage was nothing short of inspiring. Taking notes for my next Zoom call. #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
I'll just leave it here: #BlackWomenLead.#VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
I’ve always known @KamalaHarris to be a brilliant, strong leader driven by a deep commitment to public service. Tonight, we saw all of that and more. For the health and safety of our country, we must elect @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. #VPDebateOctober 8, 2020
Shyamala's daughter showed up for the American people tonight.October 8, 2020
.@KamalaHarris, you made us all proud tonight.October 8, 2020
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