Campaign politics can feel forced and staged. It’s hard to capture a moment where a candidate is actually authentic. But a few days ago, an event ‘got real’ when Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang comforted a mom who lost her daughter to gun violence. ABC writes:

Yang had an emotional moment on stage while answering questions at the Everytown Gun Sense forum in Des Moines. He spent a few minutes discussing his ideas to address gun violence before a woman talked about losing her 4-year-old daughter to a stray bullet, and explained that the girl’s twin brother witnessed it happen. He walked down to hug her and returned to the stage to speak, but covered his face and started crying. 

Yang tearfully remarked, “I have 6 and 3-year-old boys. I was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw it. I just can’t. I’m so sorry.”

In a very emotional interview that mom, Stephanie Pizzoferrato, appeared on CNN about the genuine moment she shared with Yang. Watch above.