Biden vows to end Trump’s ‘season of darkness’

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Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the DNC Thursday night. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Former Vice-President and newly minted Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden vowed to unite a deeply divided America and lead the country to “overcome this season of darkness”

Mr Biden said US President Donald Trump has “cloaked America in darkness for much too long”.

He said his rival has unleashed “too much anger, too much fear, too much division”.

Mr Biden’s impassioned speech was the capstone of a political career spanning nearly half a century.

The 77-year-old Democratic candidate heads into the general election campaign with a clear lead in opinion polls over Mr Trump, 74.

But with 75 days to go until the election Mr Trump has plenty of time to narrow the gap.

Joe Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination. Source: Reuters

What did Biden say?

Mr Biden said while speaking from a mostly empty arena in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware: “Here and now, I give you my word, if you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst.”

“I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” the would-be president said.

“We’ll choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.”

The Democratic White House ticket holder said “character is on the ballot” this November adding that “We can choose a path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, more divided, a path of shadow and suspicion.”

“Or, or, we can choose a different path and together take this chance to heal, to reform, to unite. A path of hope and light. This is a life-changing election. This will determine what America is going to look like for a long, long time,” he said.

Mr Biden vowed to heal a country crippled by an economic catastrophe and a deadly pandemic and riven by reckoning on race.

Supporters watch the program outside the venue. Source: AP

“What we know about this president is that if he’s given four more years, he’ll be what he’s been for the last four years,” he continued.

“A president who takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others, cosies up to dictators and fan the flames of hate and division.”

“He’ll wake up every day believing the job is all about him, never about you.

“Is that the America you want for you, your family and your children?” Mr Biden asked.

Mr Biden said referring to America’s coronavirus death toll: “Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation: he has failed to protect us.”

“This is our moment to make hope and history rhyme,” he concluded paraphrasing the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

What else happened at the convention?

Mr Biden’s live speech marked the grand finale of the four-night Democratic party conference (DNC).

But there was no cheering throngs, balloon drop or any of the other fanfare and razzamatazz of the typical American party conference, because of the current pandemic situation.

Organisers opted instead for a virtual set piece of mostly pre-recorded speeches crunched into two hours of highly produced programming each evening.

Thursday night’s climax was hosted by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a vocal critic of Mr Trump and the star of US political satire Veep.

Democrats who had challenged Mr Biden for the nomination praised his leadership in a taped messages throughout the evening.

oe Biden and his wife Jill Biden celebrate in front of fireworks after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.Source: Reuters

As Biden branded Trump’s presidency as ‘season of darkness’ some of the rivals of former VP – US Senators Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker; former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, former congressman Beto O’Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang – could be in line for jobs in a Biden administration.

Over the past three nights, speakers at the convention have depicted Mr Trump as incompetent, selfish and a danger to democracy, imploring Americans to vote him out of office – a tone that Mr Biden echoed.

California Senator Kamala Harris, became the first black woman to accept a major party’s vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday.

The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants assailed Mr Trump’s “failure of leadership” and amplified the cries for racial justice that have convulsed the nation.

The 55-year-old said: “There is no vaccine for racism. We have got to do the work. None of us are free until all of us are free.”

Mr Trump – who has nicknamed his challenger “sleepy Joe” and “slow Joe” – visited Mr Biden’s birthplace of Scranton earlier on Thursday, in the presidential swing-voting state of Pennsylvania.

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