President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation from Delaware, and his centrist emphasis on ‘healing America,’ certainly came as a soothing narrative after what has been four years of remarkable crudeness from any US Presidents.
“Let’s give each other a chance,” Mr. Biden said to the masses who did not vote for him. He vowed not to divide but unify America.
“I pledge to be a President who does not see red states and blue states but only the United States,” Biden said he’s seen ‘an outpouring of joy, of hope for renewed faith in tomorrow” all across the nation and around the world.
Unlike Trump’s ‘Make America great again,’ rhetoric, Biden’s ‘time to heal America’ came as a more grounded, realistic, and much needful promise, the nation could use.
Joe Biden’s speech comes days after a frenzied vote count since last Tuesday, which was made more chaotic by incumbent President Trump’s repeated attempts to delegitimize the electoral process.
A flurry of claims that the votes were dotted with frauds and were stolen by the Democrats added the tensions to the razor-thin margins both the candidates faced in some key states, which had the say on the 46th Presidency.
The 2020 US Elections come at the height of trials for any President-elect in history, with a once-in-a-century pandemic ravaging, record unemployment, and remarkable civil unrest defining the year.
Mr. Trump is yet to concede and US media reports speculate the transition of power is not going to be the smoothest one, thanks to the number of knots Mr. Trump has tightened to procrastinate.
While the last votes were counted, ultimately giving Biden the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the White House, Donald Trump reportedly left the office for his Golf club in Sterling, Virginia.
Before that, all the way throughout the vote-counting, Mr. Trump has called vote fraud without providing any legitimate evidence.
Time and again he was fact-checked by the major US social media platforms for his ‘misleading’ and ‘disputed’ claims, and premature declaration of a win in many cases.
He insisted the vote is far from over, and Biden was “falsely posing as the winner” after major US media projected Trump’s loss of the White House.
A Republican Party Chairperson Ronna McDaniel tweeted that “the media doesn’t decide who wins elections, voters do”.
Trump, whose tenure is being seen as anything but successful is marked by an incredibly swift breaking of many American traditional politics, policies, and notions that has long defined the nation.
Like Trump’s rule of four-years, the four days post-election ballots were closed was also marked by numerous lawsuits filed by the incumbent President over alleged fraud from the Democrats, a claim, which certainly had no base.
“I sought this office to restore the soul America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class, and make America respected around the world again,” Biden said in the address.
With Biden’s election as the 46th US President, Kamala Harris becomes the Vice President — the first woman of Black and South Asian origin to hold the office in the history of America.
“Don’t tell me it is not possible in the United States,” Biden said referring to the historic position Kamala Harris as a person inaugurates.
Kamla Harris gets elected to the office in a year which saw a number of racial injustices and civil movements against the same. Harris is the daughter of the late Shyamala Gopalan Harris of Indian origin and father, Donald J. Harris of British-Jamaican origin.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Kamala said at the Delaware address with Biden.
Joe Biden’s Presidency snatches Mr. Trump’s office after four years of what has been tumultuous, made unprecedented by the Pandemic, under the Trump administration’s failure.
Millions of American have been infected from the novel coronavirus, and hundreds of thousands dead, while Mr. Trump kept on procrastinating key decisions that could save lives, and even going as far as denouncing evidence-based, scientific advisories.
This election is rare as US citizens vote out an incumbent President after just one term in the office. The last, closest such case was at the time of George H. W. Bush.
‘We have to stop treating our opponents as enemies’: Biden
“I’m proud of the coalition we put together the broadest and most diverse coalition in history,” Biden said.
“Democrats, Republicans, independents, progressives, moderates, conservatives, young, old, urban, suburban, rural, gay, straight, transgender, white, Latino, Asian, Native Americans. I mean it,” Biden said followed by a raucous of cat-calls, car honks, and cheering claps.
In cities and towns around the US people took to spontaneous celebrations of the win, media reports show. People flocked the streets, but unfortunately many without face mask while America remains the hotbed of the virus.
Mr. Biden, during one of his election campaigns, said he would mandate a broader and clearer direction with the governor of the States to ensure mask-weakening is more prevalent.
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again(…),” he said.
“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans. The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America,” Biden added.
“This is the time to heal America.”
Mr. Biden has won an incredible majority of the votes, some 74 million, which is the largest turnout of votes for any Presidential elections in the history of the nation.
Mr. Biden said he will amass a coronavirus response team from now so that it is ready to tackle the pandemic as soon as he gains the office traditionally in early January 2021. Biden and Harris launched a website that records the transitioning.
“On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisers to help take the Biden-Harris Covid plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20, 2021,” Biden said.
“That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort – or commitment – to turn this pandemic around.”
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