Jacquelyn Brittany a New York Times security guard who blurted “I love you” to Joe Biden in an elevator has become the first person to nominate Biden as the Democratic Party presidential candidate. In December last year, a video of the exchange between Biden and Brittany as she escorted him to a board meeting went viral.
New York Times security guard nominates Biden for White House
In the video, Brittany is seen telling the former Vice President “I Love you. I do. You’re like my favorite.” The footage was aired as part of the New York Times’ TV series “The Weekly” which was later circulated in social media. Although Biden lost the organization’s endorsement of the news outlet, his campaign team cast Brittany’s admiration as more important than the endorsement. Biden lost the newspaper’s endorsement to Sens Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.
Eight months since the incident, the 31-year-old security guard became the first to nominate Biden for President. Standing in front of the elevator, she pitched to the DNC stating that she takes up very powerful people up the elevator all the time and once the people get to their meeting she gets back to the lobby. However, she stated that the short time she engaged Biden she realized that he noticed her and actually cared.
Biden appeals to the middle working class
Brittany added that she knew that even after Biden went into the meeting he’d taker her story there with him. She continued stating that there have been tough times and tough days are coming but having the chance to nominate someone to be in the White House was a great place to begin. She concluded that this was the reason she was nominating her friend as the next president of the US. In an interview with the Washington Post, Brittany said that she has followed Biden since he was VP during the Obama administration.
The campaign team of Biden has elevated the interaction in the clip as proof that the former VP appeals to average working citizens. Kate Bedingfield the deputy campaign manager of tweeted that Brittany’s endorsement was the most powerful of the 2020 cycle. The campaign team believes that the hopes of Biden now rests on the working class and clack women voters that are likely to reinvigorate this campaign.
Lawmakers also endorse Biden
Besides Brittany, others who put the name of Biden into nomination during the Tuesday convention include Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Senator Chris Coons. The Tuesday convention also includes speeches from upcoming starts and elder statesmen of the party.
One notable speaker was New York legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who said that there is a lot of optimism from millions who are looking for solutions to problems like unemployment, evictions, and lack of health care. Former President Bill Clinton also attacked the current president question his handling on the pandemic and record on the economy.