Joe Biden vows to ‘unify’ country in victory speech

Joe Biden vows to 'unify' country in victory speech
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and their spouses, Doug Emhoff and Jill Biden, following their speeches. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: In his victory speech as president-elect, Joe Biden has said it is “time to heal” America, vowing “not to divide but unify” the country.

“Let’s give each other a chance,” he said, addressing those who voted against him.

Mr Biden, the former Vice President, defeated incumbent President Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday’s election.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, has yet to concede and has not spoken publicly since his defeat was announced while he was playing golf.

The result makes Mr Trump the first one-term president since the 1990s.

Trump campaign has filed a barrage of lawsuits in several states but election officials say there is no evidence that the vote was rigged against him.

Spontaneous celebrations erupted in major cities across the United States after media outlets announced Mr Biden’s victory on Saturday. Supporters of Trump angry at the result demonstrated in some cities but there were no reports of incidents.

Addressing cheering supporters in a parking lot in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the President-elect Biden said: “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.”

The Democrat has hailed the “diverse” support he gathered during the campaign, but also reached out to Trump supporters directly. He has won more than 74 million votes so far, the most ever for a US presidential candidate.

Biden said in his victory speech: “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.”

“And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”

The president-elect, who arrived on stage wearing a face covering, announced that he would form his coronavirus response committee to ensure it is ready to implement decisions from his inauguration day in January.

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