August 12, 2020
The late night hosts had a lot to say after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday.
The hosts were quick to note the historical context of Harris' nomination. She is first Black woman to be chosen as a vice presidential candidate for either major political party.
"Say what you want about Joe, but the man went Black and he's not going back," Trevor Noah said on "The Daily Show."
On "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon noted that Harris was raised by two immigrants and attended Howard University, an historically Black university.
"It’s an inspiring story ... unless you’re Trump. Then it’s a Stephen King novel," Fallon joked.
Stephen Colbert shared a similar sentiment on "The Late Show," saying Trump will "have a hard time deciding how exactly to be racist about her" due to her Black and Southeast Asian heritage.
Noah and Colbert were both surprised that Harris was chosen after she notably criticized Biden's record on racial issues during a debate last year.
"Senator Harris is a surprising choice considering just how hard she went after him," Colbert said. "I mean, she hit him so hard he was spitting out teeth like Chiclets."
Noah recalled that Harris "destroyed" Biden at the debate, suggesting his pick for vice president may have been a more protective move.
"Part of me thinks that he picked her so that she can just never dust his ass in public again," Noah said. "This isn’t a VP pick, it’s an insurance policy."
Harris has been vocal in her support of Biden since dropping out of the presidential race last December, participating in virtual fundraisers and campaigning to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Harris, a former California attorney general, also worked closely with the late Beau Biden, then Delaware's attorney general, on a range of initiatives that helped forge a relationship with the family.