Washington, November 8
Pledging to be the President of all Americans, Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the “grim era of demonisation” in the deeply polarised nation, as he and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election.
“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, 77, said in his victory speech in his hometown, Wilmington, Delaware. Biden, who will be the oldest US President when sworn-in on January 20, 2021, criticised Trump without naming him in his 15-minute address, saying he wanted to end “this grim era of demonisation in America”.
Trump has so far refused to concede the election. He has announced filing multiple lawsuits against the election results. Reached out to Trump voters, Biden said he would act as their President as much as he would for those who voted for him.
“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. Harris said, “You chose hope, and unity, decency, science and yes, truth”. — PTI
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