Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said President Biden was made for this moment when the country needed healing.
She praised Mr. Biden’s inaugural address and noted that he delivered it from a platform that just two weeks ago was overrun by a pro-Trump mob that temporarily stopped Congress from accepting the 2020 election results.
“The moment and the man are made for each other. He brings a deep sense of empathy,” said Mrs. Clinton, who served with Mr. Biden in the Senate and as secretary of state when he was vice president under President Obama.
Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, attended the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.
Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, recalled how former President Trump’s inaugural address made her ‘heartsick.” She said Mr. Trump failed to reach out “to be a president for all Americans.”
“It sent a very dangerous signal to the kind of president he turned out to be,” she said.
Mrs. Clinton said she wore purple to Mr. Biden’s inauguration to symbolize unity, a theme of Mr. Biden’s speech.
“I knew the theme President Biden was sticking was unity — and I thought if you combine red and blue … you get purple, so I wanted just to send a bit of a symbolic message. We need to come together,” she told The Associated Press.