Vastavam web: US President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to unite the country as he called it ‘a time to heal in America’, after his historic victory over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election – billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history. Trump has so far refused to concede the election that attracted a record number of Americans to cast their votes amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. He has announced filing multiple lawsuits against the election results.
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States,” Biden said in his victory speech in his hometown, Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night. Biden thanked his supporters, saying he had earned votes from the “broadest and most diverse coalition in American history.” “The people of this nation have spoken, they’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for We the People’,” he said, referring to more than 74 million voters who backed him.
The Democrat leader also reached out to Trump voters, saying he would act as their president as much as he would for those who voted for him. “I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance,” Biden said. “This is the time to heal in America.” “I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class and to make America respected around the world again, and to unite us here at home,” the President-elect said. The 2020 US election has been billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history. “We are not enemies. We are Americans, Biden said.
Noting that he ran as a proud Democrat, Biden said that he will now be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did. Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now. The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control, he said. “It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make. If we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate, he said. Biden called on the Congress to make that choice with him. The American story is about the slow, yet steady widening of opportunity, he said. “Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail, he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 237,000 Americans and infected over 9 million others. The pandemic was a major topic of debate during the presidential campaign. Biden has repeatedly attacked Trump’s response to the pandemic. “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 will start on January 20, 2021,” Biden said. “That plan will be built on bedrock science,” he added. “I will spare no effort” to turn the COVID-19 pandemic around, he added.