Biden Rebukes Trump's 'Unconscionable' Attempts To Upend Democracy

Written by on December 14, 2020

Shortly after he formally secured sufficient Electoral Faculty votes to turn out to be the subsequent president of the USA, Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech calling on People to maneuver previous Donald Trump’s monthlong failed campaign to overturn the election outcomes.

“If anybody didn’t understand it earlier than, they know now,” Biden stated from Wilmington, Delaware. “What beats deep within the hearts of the American folks is that this: democracy, the proper to be heard, to have your vote counted, to decide on the leaders of this nation, to control ourselves.”

Electors confirmed Biden’s victory earlier on Monday, pushing him previous the 270-vote threshold. This stage of the election doesn’t sometimes make headlines, since election projections, state certifications, recounts and, in Trump’s case, quite a few lawsuits have already made the winner clear. However Trump has nonetheless not conceded the race to Biden and is as a substitute plowing ahead with baseless accusations that widespread voter fraud price him reelection.

That angle is the antithesis of American values, Biden stated Monday.

“In America, politicians don’t take energy. Folks grant energy to them,” he stated. “The flame of democracy was lit on this nation a very long time in the past. And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic or an abuse of energy — can extinguish that flame.”

He additionally chastised Trump and people combating his battles for characterizing election officers as brokers of fraud.

“All of us want that our fellow People in these positions will all the time present such braveness and dedication to free and honest elections, however it’s my honest hope we by no means once more see anybody subjected to the form of threats and abuse we noticed from the choice,” he stated. “It’s merely unconscionable.”

The variety of private assaults and threats towards ballot employees on this election was “unprecedented,” Lawrence Norden, director of the Election Reform Program on the Brennan Middle for Justice, advised PBS Frontline final month. 

Biden additionally echoed guarantees he made on the marketing campaign path to unite the nation’s divided factions. “I’ll work simply as onerous for these of you who didn’t vote for me as I’ll for individuals who did,” he stated.

Biden’s electoral vote victory comes the identical day the U.S. surpassed 300,000 deaths from COVID-19. The nationwide surge in new coronavirus instances has maxed out hospital capability in some areas of the nation.

In his closing weeks in workplace, Trump has taken no motion to forestall the unfold of illness. He and his surrogates are as a substitute accusing Democratic state leaders of imposing “draconian restrictions” on their constituents with public well being measures. Trump has expended most of his power this previous month on combating the election outcomes with a sequence of longshot lawsuits, none of which has been profitable. 

Biden, alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, shall be sworn into workplace on Jan. 20. 

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