A 2018 clip of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is taking off on social media ― and it has people in tears.
The footage shows Biden speaking to victims and family members days after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, including Debbi Hixon, widow of Chris Hixon, one of the three coaches who died trying to save students from the gunman.
As Biden turned to begin his remarks, Hixon’s son, Corey, runs over for a hug.
The clip shared by Democratic political operative Arun Chaudhary shows the former vice president’s response:
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
The resurfaced footage had Twitter users choked up:
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. pic.twitter.com/l7IuFx75QV
— Michelle Kinney 🏴☠️ (@MichelleKinney) October 21, 2020
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
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. https://t.co/MSQprqH8z7
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) October 22, 2020
Good god. We need this.
— Anne Lutz Fernandez (@lutzfernandez) October 21, 2020
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 21, 2020
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 21, 2020
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 21, 2020
Such a good and kind human being. I can’t stop watching this. https://t.co/FficFAEmZG
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) October 22, 2020
oh nothing just a little dust in my eye
— Joe Hagan (@joehagansays) October 21, 2020
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
— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill) October 22, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.