“The will of the people prevailed” said President-Elect Joe Biden as he addressed the state for the primary time after the body affirmed his win.
On Monday, 14 December, Joe Biden officially won the 2020 US Presidential race. Crossing the 270-vote threshold required to win, Biden secured 306 of the 538 electoral votes within the 3 November elections.
“In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact”, said Biden.
In a first full-fledged attack on Trump since the election, Biden said that the outgoing president and his allies “refused to respect the desire of the people, refused to respect the rule of law, and refused to honour our constitution.”
A Historic Victory
“Once again, in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and therefore the will of the people prevailed,” Biden said. “Our democracy pushed, tested, threatened, proved to be resilient, true and powerful .”
In his speech, Biden attested to the very fact that the and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received more votes “than any ticket has received within the history of America.”
American Democracy, Undeterred
“The flame of democracy was lit during this nation an extended time ago. and that we now know that nothing — not even an epidemic — or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame.”
“If anyone didn’t realize it before, we all know it now. What beats deep within the hearts of the American people is this: Democracy,” the President-Elect said, alluding to the legal recourse the Trump campaign took to the 2020 election results.
“The right to be heard. to possess your vote counted. to settle on the leaders of this nation. to control ourselves. In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them.”
He also spoke of the political pressure, verbal abuse and threats of physical violence faced by electoral officials within the election.
“It is my sincere hope we nevermore see anyone subjected to the type of abuse and threats we saw during this election. It’s simply unconscionable. We owe of these public servants a debt of gratitude. They didn’t seek the spotlight,” Biden said.
“Our democracy survived due to them which is proof another time that it’s a day Americans infused with honour, character and decency that’s the guts of this nation.”
“American democracy works because America makes it work on an area level. one among the extraordinary things we saw this year that was that everyday Americans, our friends and our neighbours, often volunteers, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, demonstrated absolute courage. They showed a deep and unwavering faith in and a commitment to the law,” Biden said.
‘Time to show the Page’
“Now it’s time to show the page. To unite. To heal”, said the President-Elect, setting the tone for what’s to return under his leadership. He reiterated that he would be America’s president, and work for both those that voted for him, and people who didn’t.
“There is urgent add front of all folks ,” he said. “Getting the pandemic in check to getting the state vaccinated against this virus. Delivering immediate economic help so badly needed by numerous Americans who are hurting today — then building our economy back better than ever.”