“I’m not crying, you’re crying.”
The best two minutes of the Democratic National Convention that warmed all Americans’ hearts with his courage came from someone who isn’t even old enough to vote in the November election.
Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old from New Hampshire gave the most heartwarming speech at the Democratic National Convention, sharing a story about meeting Democratic nominee Joe Biden and learning that “we were members of the same club — we stutter.”
“Without Joe Biden, I would not be talking to you today. About a few months ago, I met him in New Hampshire. He told me we were members of the same club. We stutter,” Harrington said.
In his conversation with Biden, Harrington recalled how the former vice president offered tips to help overcome his stutter — including showing him “how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud.”
“It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became Vice President,” he said. “He told me about a book of poems by Yeats he would read out loud to practice. He showed me how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud.
Holding up a copy of his own annotated speech, Harrington said: “I did the same thing today, and now I’m here talking to you today about the future. About our future.”
The teen struggled at times, visibly caught up in his stutter, but he overcame it to finish his remarks.
“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life,” he said.
Reactions to Harrington’s remarks on social media were overwhelmingly positive from both sides of the political aisle.
“Way to go, Brayden!” Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to President Trump tweeted.
Politics aside, Brayden Harrington was a star in his own right last night. It took a tremendous amount of courage for that young man to speak to the country about his disability. He delivered a moving speech to remind everyone the best of what America can be.