Hillary Clinton has today endorsed Joe Biden for president. The move is not unexpected, as the two prominent Democrats have spent many years working together. First when they were both senators, and then during the Obama administration, when Clinton served as Secretary of State and Biden was Vice President.
The two appeared via Joe Biden's livestream, where Biden was hosting a Women's Town Hall on the impact of COVID-19 on women.
Biden hinted at the news prior to the livestream on Twitter, but the idea that Clinton would not endorse Biden never actually entered anyone's mind.
The endorsement comes in the midst of a rather peculiar campaign season that was essentially cut off at the knees by the coronavirus pandemic and the measures that followed. These measures included the postponement and cancellation of primaries, and debates that were televised with no audience. The Wisconsin primary strained logic in that dozens of polling places were eliminated, leaving voters crammed together waiting to vote in the rain, all in the name of social distancing.
Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 and lost to President Donald Trump in an intense and contested election. Her loss spurred Democrats on to lean in to politics and the electoral process, washing the midterm elections in a blue wave that brought Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of her squad to the national political stage.
Bernie Sanders was also running in 2016, and his notorious Bernie Bros, the young men who were basically ride-or-die for the socialist Vermont senator, played a pivotal role in ensuring that Clinton was unable to unite the Democratic Party behind her presidential efforts. The groundswell of red state America's support for Donald Trump didn't help her candidacy either.
Clinton and Biden draw support from the same centre-left faction of the Democratic Party, and though Sanders has endorsed Biden, Biden has yet to unify Bernie's supporters behind his campaign.