Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during his election rally, after news media announced that he has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathon Ernst

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation drawing on themes central to his campaign: To restore the soul of the nation and transcend partisan divisions. Biden emphasized unity, racial justice and climate change. “This is the time to heal America,” he said. “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now.” 

Biden also quickly established the legitimacy of his election as an answer to President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, saying, “They delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory.” Biden amassed more than 74 million votes as of Nov. 6. 

As a nod to his theme of unity, Biden thanked Black voters for their longtime support while banging his fist to punctuate his words. Black voters in key states helped carry his campaign, even when he was just a candidate for the Democratic nomination. Biden said he earned votes from the “broadest and most diverse coalition in American history.” “You’ve always had my back,” Biden said, “and I’ll have yours.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduced Biden and began with a quote from the late Rep. John Lewis, a Black man: “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.” Harris also gave a nod to the historic nature of her election, thanking Biden for his work to make history, as Harris will also be the nation’s first vice president of color. 

“He had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers” by selecting a woman as his vice president. “But while I will be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.” 

Biden ended his speech with unity, again, as he reached out to Trump supporters, saying “Let’s give each other a chance.”

“With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and each other, with love of country, a thirst for justice, let us be the nation that we know we can be – a nation united, a nation strengthened, a nation healed, the United States of America.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gives acceptance speeches of unity, healing – USA Today – 11/7/2020
President-elect Joe Biden will has begun his acceptance speech Saturday night, capping the most bitterly fought election in modern U.S. history and promising to unite a divided nation that faces monumental challenges.

Black leaders greet Biden win, pledge to push for equality – Associated Press – 11/7/2020
President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was celebrated by civil rights activists and Black leaders who warned that a tough road lies ahead to address America’s persistent inequalities and the racial division that Donald Trump fueled during his presidency.

Joe Biden vows to be president for all in victory speech – New York Post – 11/7/2020
The 77-year-old’s victory, called after he won the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, followed a nail-biting, days-long vote count and has been plunged into further uncertainty as the current commander-in-chief refuses to concede, citing widespread, yet unproven, “fraud.”

Joe Biden, in his first speech as president-elect, urges unity: ‘Time to heal in America’ – CNBC
“We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket … and we’re seeing all over this nation, and in all cities in all parts of the country, indeed across the world, an outpouring of joy.”

Biden preaches unity, promises to address coronavirus crisis in first speech as president-elect – Fox News – 11/7/2020
The remarks by Biden came hours after the Fox News Decision Desk projected that he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would defeat President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, denying them a second term. “The people of this nation have spoken. They delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for we the people,” Biden said. “The most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation.”

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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