Twitter launched a @SecondGentleman account for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ husband

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Douglas Emhoff and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Twitter has added @SecondGentleman to its roster of official political handles as the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepares to become the first male second spouse in US history. 

President-elect Joe Biden touted the move Friday, in a tweet announcing his own takeover of the @POTUS handle on January 20 and advising people to follow his transition team, incoming First Lady Jill Biden, Harris, and Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff.  

Twitter maintains a series of government-affiliated accounts attached to public office, rather than the individual – such as @POTUS and @FLOTUS for the president and first lady.

Emhoff, a lawyer, has not yet tweeted or followed anyone from the @SecondGentleman account at the time of writing but has attracted almost a quarter of a million followers.

He has more than 700,000 followers on his personal account, @DouglasEmhoff

Harris will make US history on inauguration when she becomes the first Black, Indian-American, and female Vice President in the country

As Harris is married to a man, her appointment brings another historic first – the reworking of the traditional titles of “First Lady” and “Second Lady” used for the wives of presidents and vice-presidents, respectively. The creation of @SecondGentleman reflects that. 

Emhoff will also be the first Jewish person married to a US president or vice president, according to The Times of Israel

The @POTUS handle has been in President Donald Trump’s name for his term’s duration, although he generally preferred to use his personal handle @realDonaldTrump.

Twitter permanently suspended that account after the Capitol riots, before which he encouraged protesters to march on the building.

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