Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has endorsed former vice president Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. The announcement was made, of course, via livestream in a conversation broadcast on April 13.
Like soon-to-be in-laws meeting up over FaceTime to graciously divvy up speaking rights at the rehearsal dinner, Sanders and Biden got together online and streamed a (remote) conversation in which the Vermont senator—himself once a frontrunner for the nomination—endorsed his longtime rival for the 2020 presidential election.
Just days after dropping out of the 2020 race, Bernie Sanders surprised many by endorsing Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee. “We must come together to defeat the most dangerous president in modern history,” Sanders tweeted just before going live. “I’m joining Joe Biden’s livestream with a special announcement.”
The two men shared a spirited but exceptionally friendly conversation about unions, health care, and government response to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, leaning hard into their shared views. Biden trumpeted Sanders’s history of “fighting for health care and home care workers” and called Sanders “maybe the most powerful voice for a fair and more just America.”
Naturally, reactions have been mixed:
Sanders called for “all Americans to come together,” acknowledging his and Biden’s shared desire to keep Americans from going hungry or losing basic rights. “I know you’re the kind of guy who’s gonna be inclusive,” Sanders said. “We can argue it out—it’s called democracy. You believe in democracy and so do I.”
“We don’t have a choice, we’re going to have to come together,” Sanders said, veering out of a sidebar about whether the two men should start playing virtual board games. (This really did happen; watch the playback.)
“I very much look forward to working with you,” Sanders told Biden.
“So do I,” Biden said, grinning.
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.