Many admitted that the compassion and heart-to-heart human connection Biden displays in the clip left them in tears as it stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's behavior during his time in office.
A 2018 clip of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is going viral on social media for representing everything Americans have been missing in a president these past four years. The 24-second-long video shows the former Vice President speaking to victims and family members at a memorial service for Chris Hixon, the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018. Hixon was one of the three coaches who died trying to save students from a gunman, who went on a shooting spree at the school, killing 17 people and injuring 17 more, reports Huffington Post.
GOING VIRAL: A campaign video ad featuring a Parkland shooting victim's son captured attention after it was tweeted by an Arizona congresswoman. https://t.co/f2S94dnaAl— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) October 22, 2020
The video — which has been shared online thousands of times — begins with Biden asking who Hixon's parents were so as to offer his condolences and is directed to his right. When the late athletic director's wife Debbi introduces herself to him, he comforts her by saying: "God loves you." Just as he turns and starts to walk away to begin his remarks, a voice off-camera says, "I wanted to..." and trails of. However, Biden immediately turns around at the voice, and Hixon's son Corey runs up to him. "I'm his son," Corey is heard saying in a tearful voice.
We just want to give a huge thank you to everyone has been touched or inspired by the video of Corey hugging Joe Biden! It’s a great moment that was unfortunately born out of a national tragedy. We miss my dad, Chris Hixon, daily and we hope to continue honoring his legacy! pic.twitter.com/2DS845LBk3— Tom Hixon (@ThomasHixonFL) October 22, 2020
"Thank you for hugging me," the 77-year-old responds as he embraces and kisses the grieving boy on the forehead. "You okay? You'll be okay. We're going to be okay. I promise." The heartwarming exchange between the two took off on Twitter after it was shared by Democratic political operative Arun Chaudhary, who wrote: I'm one of those who frets that the election will be much closer than the polls indicate. That, in a world where non-voters are never targeted by Dems, huge turnout could contain multitudes. So I'm dropping some old footage of Joe Biden here.
I'm one of those who frets that the election will be much closer than the polls indicate. That in a world where non-voters are never targeted by Dems, huge turnout could contain multitudes. So I'm dropping some old footage of Joe Biden here: pic.twitter.com/74UROClgbh— Arun Chaudhary (@ArunChaud) October 21, 2020
I’m hoping you'll share it. A campaign only has limited value in gathering votes. The case for a candidate is often made by a wide array of outside amateur and professional creators. So it's good to sprinkle this stuff around, he added. His tweet had the intended effect as the video struck a chord with countless social media users who applauded the former Vice President's empathy. Many admitted that the compassion and heart-to-heart human connection Biden displays in the clip left them in tears as it stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's behavior during his time in office. I had never seen this clip before today, and now I’m sitting here wiping tears from my face. Joe Biden is a good man, and he is our only hope to heal and restore the soul of our nation, said Twitter user Michelle Kinney.
Thank you for this. I feel so strongly that @JoeBiden is the leader that our Country needs right now. He will be the people's President, & he will help us unite & heal. This is a letter that he sent to a young boy he met who stuttered. It shows the level of his empathy & caring. pic.twitter.com/dqNYLXXXd0— United We Sing (@libberry1) October 21, 2020
Thanks for sharing this. The contrast, as a special needs mom, between having a president that I know would probably mock my child and, I pray, having one that would embrace my child, brought me to tears just now.— Stephanie Kimbrel (@stephdkimbrel) October 21, 2020
I've watched this a dozen times and I'm still sobbing. Biden has empathy. He genuinely cares about everyone. That's not something you can fake, and it's a trait we so desperately need right now.— ❄Liz❄ (@CommanderZil) October 21, 2020
Had to wipe my eyes too. That type of compassion comes from the soul. We have all needed that type of hug before. I know I have, tweeted Kentucky state representative, Charles Booker. Political strategist and commentator, Ana Navarro-Cárdenas also shared the video on Twitter, writing: America, we need a man with a good soul and a kind heart to be our President, now more than ever. Please watch this clip. Joe Biden is such a man.
This. A return to decency. To humanity. To love. To holding each other up in our darkest moments. https://t.co/Gmb3VbtZQI— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) October 21, 2020
Yes. We need a Mr. Rogers President. Thank you Joe Biden for your humanity, tweeted Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. Hixon's widow, Debbi, recalled the exchange between Biden and Corey in an advert run by the campaign group Fellow Americans last month, where she said that her oldest son refers to the politician as "Uncle Joe." Seated beside Corey in the video, she said: "My husband, Corey's dad, Chris Hixon was one of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. I don't have it in me a lot of times to give him that comfort. So it meant a lot for somebody else to take that time and to care enough about him. [Biden] can be that person that can comfort our nation and bring us together."
I’ll never forget the comfort that @JoeBiden brought Corey after he lost his dad in the Parkland shooting. This powerful new ad from @Your_Americans illustrates Joe’s character. He has the compassion and leadership to bring this country together. pic.twitter.com/40Uy6mXyDd— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) September 16, 2020