Biden calls for unity on ‘day of history and hope’
U.S. President Joe Biden called for “unity” and promised to be a president for “all Americans” during his inauguration in Washington, but warned of the challenges ahead as he tackled several crises.
In the American Capitol just two weeks after it was stormed by an armed crowd that supported its predecessor Donald Trump, he said: ‘This is America’s day, this is the day of democracy. A day of history and hope. ”
But as the U.S. confronts the deadly coronavirus and deep political divisions, he warned that “so much more than words is needed to overcome the challenges, it will require the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity.”
“Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation, and I ask every American to join me in this cause,” the 46th American president said.
‘This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge and unity is the way forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. ”
In the 21-minute speech, Biden presented the challenges.
‘We need all our strength to … persevere in this dark winter. We are entering the most difficult and deadly period of the virus, ” he said, calling on Americans to ‘finally face this pandemic as a nation. ‘
Biden spoke on the steps of the Capitol, which saw violent scenes in modern history two weeks ago when rioters stormed the building through Trump, killing five people and shaking American democracy to its core.
“Here we are just a few days after a riotous crowd thought they could drive us from this sacred ground,” he said.
“It did not happen, it will never happen, not today, not tomorrow, not ever, never.”
The United States is facing “an increase in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, which we must confront and defeat,” he said.
The new president called on the country to “reject the culture in which facts are manipulated themselves.”