The president-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has said it was time to turn the page and unite to heal the nation.
Biden made the declaration while addressing the nation shortly after the Electoral College confirmed his victory in the 3 November general polls.
Biden said the “will of the people prevailed,” disclaiming Donald Trump and said his attack on the democratic process was ‘unconscionable.’
Recall that Donald Trump had refused to conceal defeat after Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race, insisting that he won the election. Trump had insisted that the poll witnessed electoral fraud as against a credible survey, which he assumed victory.
The president-elect described Trump’s assault on the democratic process as “unconscionable” and attacked Republicans who embraced his groundless claims about widespread voter fraud.
He singled out the 17 state attorneys general and 126 members of Congress whom he said helped legitimize a legal effort to throw out tens of millions of votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and “hand the presidency to a candidate who lost the electoral college, lost the popular vote and lost every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse.” The supreme court rejected the lawsuit.
Biden further hailed the presidential election and its uncharted aftermath as a triumph of American democracy and “one of the most amazing demonstrations of civic duty we’ve ever seen in our country.”
“our democracy – pushed, tested, threatened – proved to be resilient, true, and strong.”
“We the people voted. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page, as we’ve done throughout our history – to unite, to heal.”
“It is time to turn the page on a presidential election that tested the resilience of American democracy.”
“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can extinguish that flame.”
The electoral college vote final tallied 306 votes for Biden and 232 for Trump, securing Biden’s win.
This will follow a joint session of Congress presided over by Vice President Pence on 6 January for counting and final confirmation.
Biden described the electoral college victory as a fulfillment of the “battle for the soul” of the nation and a rejection of Trump. On 20 January, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
Even after the Electoral College made the win official on Monday evening, some Senate Republicans have still refused to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race.
They have denoted they will object to the college results in key states.