As soon as Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not be running for president in 2016, social media’s wide swath of generally pro-Hillary Clinton Democrats and independents reacted with glee. Actual politicians (i.e. their social media interns) reacted too, albeit with a little less crass.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz praised Biden before his remarks were finished, saying that she “couldn’t be prouder to call him a fellow Democrat.” Probably, I suspect, because she saw Biden as a threat to her girl Hillary.
Joe Biden has and will continue to dedicate his life to helping every American do better. Couldn’t be prouder to call him a fellow Democrat.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) October 21, 2015
At the same time, the Democratic Party’s official Twitter account began tweeting a series of positive messages and photos supporting the vice president.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 21, 2015
Before party darling Clinton could get her words out, however, presidential rival Bernie Sanders published a string of posts.
I also commend @VP‘s outlining of an agenda to make college free, fight economic inequality, close tax loopholes & protect dignity for all.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 21, 2015
“We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children.” – Vice President Joe Biden — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 21, 2015
Clinton finally managed to squeeze something in, even though Biden took a veiled swing at her during his speech.
.@VP is a good friend and a great man. Today and always, inspired by his optimism and commitment to change the world for the better. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 21, 2015
Hell, even Martin O’Malley managed to fit in a tweet for Joe.
Neither scandal-free Lincoln Chafee nor first-to-drop Jim Webb tweeted anything out about the matter. However, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sent out a tweet remarking on the occasion. Surprisingly, he praised Biden. Unsurprisingly, he used it as an opportunity to insult Clinton.
I think Joe Biden made correct decision for him & his family. Personally, I would rather run against Hillary because her record is so bad.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2015
Will Pierce, executive director of the Draft Biden Super PAC — the group that really, really wanted Biden to run — issued a statement shortly after the announcement.
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