Hillary Clinton Officially Endorsed Joe Biden For President
Hillary Clinton has endorsed Joe Biden, the presumptive democratic nominee, for President. Clinton appeared as Biden’s “special guest” during a virtual town hall on Tuesday focused specifically on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women.
When welcoming Clinton to the event, Biden introduced her as "the woman who should be President right now." In turn, Clinton said she is “thrilled to be part of your campaign — to not only endorse you, but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election."
Though President Trump hasn't spoken out about the endorsement yet, as news of Clinton’s impending endorsement broke earlier in the day, his campaign manager Brad Parscale responded on Twitter writing, "no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than @JoeBiden & @HillaryClinton together."
At the Town hall Clinton was quick to criticize President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus. As cases of the coronavirus in the United States reach one million, critics have pointed to Trump’s failure to virus seriously early in the year and his ill-advised suggestions including injecting disinfecting (which is extremely dangerous).
"Think of what it would mean if we had a real President, not just somebody that plays one on TV," Clinton said at the event.
At the town hall both Biden (who pledged to pick a woman as his running mate) and Clinton both spoke about the unique burdens the pandemic has placed on women, highlighting the need for paid family leave, better healthcare and equal pay. They also spoke about the uptick in cases of domestic violence reported as many families across the country remain indoors.
In recent weeks as Biden became the clear favorite for the nomination, prominent democrats have rallied around him. Clinton’s endorsement follows a series of other high profile endorsements for Biden including Senator Bernie Sanders, Former President Barack Obama and house speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Like many others, however, it doesn't seem that this endorsement was set in stone. In an interview in March with ABC News Clinton said about Biden: "I don't think he'd be our strongest nominee, no."
Biden previously endorsed Clinton during her 2016 run after announcing that he would not seek the nomination. But, following her failed 2016 run Biden said he felt the Clinton campaign failed to speak to middle class voters.
"You didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in a restaurant," he said at a 2017 event at the University of Pennsylvania.