Vice President Kamala Harris attended an NCAA Tournament game on Thursday where her alma mater, Howard University, was defeated in a first-round game of March Madness.
However, Harris was showered with boos when she appeared on the video board during the game.
The boos were louder than the applause inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Idaho.
The Democrat watched the top-seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks trounce the Howard Bison by a 96-68 in the west region matchup.
Harris watched the game in a suite with her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.
After the loss, Harris visited Howard’s locker room to commend the players on their effort and impressive season. She expressed her pride in the team and their hard work.
Harris said, “you played hard, you played to the very last second, you made all us Bisons so proud.”
She went on to say that the players were smart and disciplined and that they put everything they had into the game.
Harris joked about her time at the university, saying that fans were happy there was a game when she went to school there, “much less getting to this place.”
Despite the loss, Harris encouraged the team to keep their chins up and shoulders back and to continue playing with excellence, hard work, power, and as winners.
She also offered a tour of the White House to the group of young men.
The historically black university in DC made its first trip to the men’s NCAA tournament since 1992 before their loss Thursday.
It was the program’s third-ever trip to the Big Dance.