President-elect Joe Biden declared victory in the 2020 election on Saturday, calling on Americans to reconcile after a bitterly fought campaign and vowing an orderly transfer of power despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede.
“Folks, the people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, that was delivered to a drive-in rally of supporters wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus. “I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify.”
In his remarks, the former vice president took aim at the tumult of the last four years under Trump yet extended a hand toward the president’s supporters, saying he understood their disappointment.
“But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature,” he said. “To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”