« I know that the forces that divide us are deep and real, » said Joe Biden in his first speech as 46th President of the United States, before adding calls for unity.
« Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and today, my friends, democracy has prevailed, » said Joe Biden in his inaugural speech, calling for unity. In a 20-minute speech, the 46th president of the United States also promised to be « the president of all Americans.
Regarding the fight against Covid-19, which has caused more than 400,000 deaths in the United States, the president asked Americans to put aside their differences to face the « dark winter » that is coming and the « hardest and deadliest phase » of the pandemic.
« We have to stop this uncivil war », he said.
On the political aspect, Joe Biden has attempted to renew ties between two divided Americas. « The solution is not to turn inward. The solution is not to turn inward. We must stop this uncivil war between red and blue, » he said.
The symbol of this division, outgoing President Donald Trump, who did not participate in the transfer of power and refused to concede defeat for several months after the election, was not mentioned once during the ceremony.
The transition between the Trump administration and Biden was marked by historic outbursts, such as the invasion of Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6. In the face of these dissensions that undermine American society, Joe Biden called on citizens « to start working together again, to listen to each other, to respect each other. « The political life does not need to be a fire that destroys everything in its path, » he said.
« With unity, we can do great things ».
Still without naming his predecessor, the new president called on Americans to reject the manipulation of facts, referring to Donald Trump who, on numerous occasions, denounced ballot fraud without providing any evidence.
« All disagreements should not lead to all-out war. (…) There is truth and there are lies, lies made for power and profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, (…) to defend the truth and fight the lies, » he added.
Biden also expressed his determination to « defeat » « white supremacism » and « domestic terrorism. « With unity, we can do great things, defeat this virus, fight racial injustice, and make the United States once again a force for good in the world, » he said early this morning as he hailed « a new day » for America.