Security guard Jacquelyn Brittany set her place in history Tuesday, becoming a key figure in Joe Biden’s official nomination for president. A video of the 31-year-old offering her support was shown at the Democratic National Convention and the story of her encounter with the Democratic presidential nominee has since gone viral, according to reports.
She’d met Biden and said “I love you” as she escorted him on his way to an editorial board meeting at The New York Times building last December.
“Joe Biden wasn’t endorsed by the @nytimes editorial board,” TJ Ducklo, the Biden campaign’s press secretary, tweeted Tuesday. “But he left their Manhattan office w/ the support of @_Jacquelyn2020, who spoke for working people across America that day.”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2020
Brittany expressed feeling “grateful and blessed,” and said she was “hopeful” that the move to nominate Biden would bring “more unity to the parties” and for U.S. citizens as a whole. “I did this on my own good Will and will continue to do so. Love you all!!!” she posted on Twitter. She is being recognized as a representation of the efforts of Biden and his campaign leaders to get the votes of Black females and working-class citizens in his race for the top White House seat.
The Democratic National Convention (DNC) has been in full swing, approaching it’s third day. Speakers include Jill Biden, who gave the crowd a sense of her husband’s personal background and ideals; former first lady Michelle Obama, who issued a candid assessment of Donald Trump; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who urged party unity and support of Biden; former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and three other former top Republicans who called Trump a “disappointing” and “disturbing” failure; and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pointed out the leadership issues related to COVID-19 and its effect on the American quality of life. Former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and former Secretary of State John Kerry are other notable leaders who made appearances at the DNC.