President-elect Joe Biden made his first remarks after being named the winner of the 2020 presidential race against Donald Trump, and told solemn supporters – and Trump supporters: “Let’s give each other a chance.
In a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed thousands of vocal supporters and the nation at the Chase Center on Saturday night. The prospective winners wanted to push back Trump’s allegations of election fraud and move the country forward after election day. Biden vowed to form a diverse cabinet in the White House and thanked the African Americans who overwhelmingly supported him on November 3. Biden said that Americans as a whole are “good people” and can achieve anything if they work together.
“Let’s give each other a chance, it’s time to put aside the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as enemies. They are not our enemies, they are Americans,” said Biden, quoting Ecclesiastes 3:3, a Bible verse that insists that there is a “time for healing.
“It is time for our better angels to prevail. At best, America is a beacon to the globe, we will lead the way not only by the example of our power, but also by the power of our example,” Biden continued.
“You have given us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for us, the people, we won with the most votes ever cast for a president of this nation – 74 million,” Biden said, highlighting the celebrations in cities across the country. “I promise to be a president who does not seek to divide but to unite. Who sees not red and blue states, but the United States”.
Fireworks, “Bye Don” chants and dancing fans crowded in front of a stage flanked by screens on the Delaware Riverfront on Saturday, declaring, “The people have chosen hope, the people have chosen empathy.
“You have always stood behind me and I behind you,” Biden told black Americans amid calls to end systemic racism following the controversial death of several black Americans in early 2020.
Biden said on Monday that he would announce on Monday a team of scientists who would fight to end the coronavirus pandemic once he took office. This week, over 100,000 new cases were reported every day for several days throughout the country.
Biden also vowed to restore the middle class, restore America’s worldwide respect and unite the people. He praised his wife as a future first lady who respects educators, as Dr. Jill Biden herself is a long-time teacher. Biden thanked the election workers, local elected officials and volunteers for his campaign with the words: “I owe you everything”.
In her address to Biden, Harris quoted the late Congressman John Lewis, who remarked: “Democracy is not guaranteed, it is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to protect it and never take it for granted. While the world watched, you heralded a new day for America. Harris thanked her own family members and praised Biden as a loving family man willing to unite a widely divided country.
“But although I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said as supporters gave thunderous applause. Harris said she stood on the shoulders of all the women in front of her who fought for the right to vote. “Every little girl who sees this sees that this is a land of opportunity,” she said.
Biden is running for president for the third time, having previously run for president in 1988 and then in 2008, before he was recruited 12 years ago as Senator Barack Obama’s candidate.