A security guard at The New York Times who went viral last year for her interaction with former Vice President Joe Biden became the first person to nominate him at the Democratic National Convention.
Jacquelyn Brittany, who was filmed last year talking with the former vice president as she escorted him through the Times building and blurting out “I love you” as he left the elevator, gave the first endorsement of Biden on Tuesday night.
“I take powerful people up on my elevator all the time. When they get off, they go to their important meetings. Me? I just head back to the lobby. But in the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me, that he actually cared, that my life meant something to him,” Brittany said according to USA Today.
“And I knew, that even when he went into his important meeting, he’d take my story in there with him,” Brittany continued. “We’ve been through a lot, and we have tough days ahead, but nominating someone like that to be in the White House is a good place to start. “That’s why I nominate my friend as the next president of the United States,” Brittany concluded.
Jacquelyn Brittany nominates "my friend" Joe Biden for president of the United States.
She is a security guard who last year told Biden "I love you" as she escorted him in an elevator. pic.twitter.com/lW1Ji4In9o
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 19, 2020
Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted Wednesday that Brittany’s endorsement was “the most powerful endorsement of the 2020 cycle.”
Biden formally secured enough Democratic delegates Tuesday to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election beating out Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Michael Bennett as well as Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, Michael Bloomberg, Marianne Williamson, and others.
Biden, who started out slowly during the primary elections, rode the coattails of Black voters, especially in the South. Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as vice president and his promise to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court is sure to give him a boost when it comes to Black voters in the election.