Kamala Harris’ husband and stepdaughter reacted to Harris and Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election on Saturday. Harris will not only be the first female Vice President in U.S. history but also the first Black person, Indian person or Asian American person to hold the office as well.
Following the announcement, Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, took to Twitter to share a photo of him hugging Harris in the countryside. “So proud of you,” he wrote.
Harris also posted a video to her Twitter account, in which she can be seen congratulating President Biden over the phone. In casual athletic wear, she grins and says, “We did it Joe. … You’re going to be the next President of the United States.”
Ella Emhoff and her brother Cole Emhoff are the children of Doug Emhoff’s first marriage. Harris has been their stepmother for six years.
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Harris’ Husband, Stepdaughter & Other Family Members Celebrate Her Historic Win
So proud of you. ❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Orb1ISe0dU
— Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) November 7, 2020
In addition to Emhoff’s heartfelt message to his wife, Emhoff’s daughter Ella Emhoff also shared a celebratory message for her stepmother.
On her Instagram stories, Ella Emhoff posted a video of the countryside, showing that she was with her father and stepmother when the news came in. Then she shared a photo of graffiti that read, “YOU’RE FIRED,” in a clear message to President Donald Trump. Later, she also shared her father’s tribute to Harris.
Harris’ niece, Meena Harris, celebrated her aunt’s win in a number of tweets. She even shared the joy that her 4-year-old daughter was feeling about the win. “My 4 year old just yelled ‘BLACK GIRLS ARE WELCOME TO BE PRESIDENT!’” she tweeted.
In another tweet, she said, “Can’t stop thinking about my grandma. I miss her so much and wish she were here to see this.”
Harris married Doug Emhoff on August 25, 2014, at a courthouse in Santa Barbara. According to their wedding announcement, Harris’ sister, Maya Harris, officiated the ceremony. This marked Harris’ first marriage and Emhoff’s second.
In a 2019 interview with Elle Magazine, Harris talked about the experience of becoming a step-parent and revealed that her stepchildren were named after Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane. Harris said:
Children need consistency; I didn’t want to insert myself into their lives as a temporary fixture because I didn’t want to disappoint them. There’s nothing worse than disappointing a child.
So, we took it slow, and Doug and I put a lot of thought into when and how I would first meet the kids. And that meant waiting. As we waited, anticipation grew. When the day finally came, I had butterflies in my stomach. The plan was to go to a seafood hut off the Pacific Coast Highway called the Reel Inn, a favorite of the kids.
… Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown to be remarkable adults. I was already hooked on Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who reeled me in.