US President-elect Joe Biden addressed a deeply divided country Saturday night. He based his victory speech in a spirit of compromise, asking supporters of President Donald Trump to give him a chance, and also urged all Americans to turn the page of what he called a “dark era of demonization.”
Biden called for unity and understanding in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, at an extraordinary moment in American history when the current head of the White House showed no sign that he was planning to concede to his rival. Republican Donald Trump continues to insist that he won the election, while making accusations that the election was rigged.
Biden reiterated his promise that he would strive for unity, not division. He also pledged to be guided by the belief that he does not see the blue and red states, but only the United States.
Biden noted that he sought to occupy the highest office in the country, “to restore the soul of America, the core of this nation, the middle class, and again make America respected throughout the world.”
But it was Biden’s pleas for Trump’s voters, who also turned up in large numbers on election day, that were most startling, as he faces the daunting task of governing in a sharply polarized country. “For all of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment today. I myself lost a couple of times. But now let’s give each other a chance, ”Biden said.