WILMINGTON, Del. – For four years America has been a nation at war with itself. But on Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden encouraged the tens of millions of Americans watching to put aside “the constant battle between our best angels and our darkest impulses.”
“May this dark era of demonization in America begin to end here and now,” Biden told a cheering crowd in Wilmington, Delaware, hours after the start of the presidential race. “It’s time for our best angels to win.”
In a victory speech emphasizing the message of national unity and a restoration of common decency that has driven his entire campaign, Biden pledged to be a president who will unify the nation behind a common goal – and to not to treat your opponents as enemies.
“It’s time to put the harsh rhetoric aside, turn down the heat, see each other again, listen to each other again,” Biden said, “but in order to move forward we have to stop treating our adversaries as our enemies. They are not our enemies, they are Americans.
One division, however, remains unhealed. Opponent President Donald Trump was not mentioned in the remarks of Biden, who has so far refused to concede the race and has defiantly vowed to fight any results that do not guarantee him a second term. Biden contacted Trump supporters, but not by name, to be part of “the largest and most diverse coalition in history.”
Earlier today, Biden privately shared his hopes of raising awareness of the president’s supporters with his campaign staff, telling them in a video he urged them to contact people carrying Trump signs in their gardens.
“Reach out to them,” Biden said. “Tell them, ‘it’s not personal, it’s about coming together and restoring the core values that we have had for generations and generations here in America.’”
“The rest of the country is looking to us, the rest of the world is looking to us,” Biden added. “So we’re going to make sure that both the county moves towards unity and the world in turmoil, the message is America is back.”
The diversity of that coalition, Biden said, is what led to the election of the first black woman of South Asian descent as vice-president – with whom he shared a double punch after having her presented – and what saved his political future after a series of meteoric losses in the Democratic primaries left him on the verge of losing his third White House race.
“The African American community stood up for me,” Biden said, slamming his fists against the lectern with every syllable, to the loud cheers of the crowd of nearly 400 vehicles gathered at a socially distant victory party. “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours!”
Biden’s speech, like most victory speeches, was politically lighter – but he pledged to make the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has rocked the country his first agenda as president and president-elect.
“We cannot restore the economy, our vitality, or savor life’s most precious moments – embrace our grandchildren, children, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the issues that matter most to us – so many that we don’t get them under control, ”Biden said, advocating to create a transition team dedicated to planning a COVID-19 response for the first day of his presidency. “I will spare no effort, no effort or no commitment to reverse this pandemic.”
Various supporters began to rally enthusiastically long before Biden was called to step onto the national stage for the first time as president-elect. The eruptions of cheering that began earlier in the afternoon reverberated through the night as people waited for the two Democratic ticket leaders to emerge victoriously.
Participants gathered outside wore appropriate masks – but not with much social distancing – as well as their jackets, sweatshirts and campaign attire, acknowledging the seriousness of COVID-19, a pervasive factor in the former campaign. vice-president for three quarters. one year.
As the time approached for Biden’s arrival after 8 p.m., it was almost deja vu. The Saturday night setup provided similar polls on Election Day here in Wilmington, before count week kept millions of Americans in a state of prolonged anticipation.
Row after row of red, white and blue cars jammed in front of the familiar Chase Center parking lot, lit by stadium-shaped beams and cameras hoisted on lifts. The colors were enhanced on a particularly clear night. Just like Tuesday, the talking heads’ comments broadcast on projection screens were drowned out by a soundtrack of the biggest hits, crossing generations and genres to reach a large audience.
As the music played, a man gently swung a pole attached to an American flag over his shoulder, as if putting a collective country weight behind him.
While waiting for Biden, the audience experienced something alongside a restorative rally and rock concert. A long tribute to Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love” crushed with Biden’s words made the crowd sway with sticks of blue light. More optimistic tunes followed in the rotation.
When Harris arrived with a fanfare, marching to Mary J. Blige’s “Work That”, she was greeted with loud beeps and screams and sustained after saying “you chose Joe Biden” as your next president. Seconds later, the honking and applause intensified following her message that the country’s black women are the “backbone” of democracy.
Harris, whose rise to power broke historical racial and gender barriers in American politics, has acknowledged that her path to vice presidency rests on the shoulders of the women who came before her – as other women will stand. one day on his own.
“I think of her,” Harris said of her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, “and of the generations of women, black, Asian, white, Latin, Native American, who throughout our country’s history led the way at this time – women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all.
Biden, only the country’s second Catholic president, concluded his address to the nation by quoting the hymn “On Eagle’s Wings,” a hymn which, he said, “captures the faith that sustains me and which, I believe, support America.
“And he will lift you up on eagle’s wings, carry you on the breath of dawn, and make you shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand,” Biden said, moments before the sky ignites fireworks and coordinates drones ignite with “46” and “PRESIDENT-ELECT” dashing into the dark sky. “And now, together, on the wings of eagles, we embark on the work that God and history have called us to do with our hearts and with firm hands, with faith in America and in one another. .
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