Joe Biden, accepting the presidential nomination in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, drew on a combination of economic populist and anti-racist message Thursday as he promised to lift up a nation suffering from the coronavirus virus.
Biden made clear President Trump has been failing in leading the nation amid ongoing casualties and economic hardship, blaming him for enabling the crisis.
“The tragedy of where we are today is it didn’t have to be this bad,” Biden said. “Just look around. It’s not this bad in Canada. Or Europe. Or Japan. Or almost anywhere else in the world. The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him, no miracle is coming.”
Biden, promising to put the nation back to work at a time of record unemployment, said the first order of business is getting rid of the coronavirus — and initiatives creating jobs in America is the way to combat it.
“If I’m president on day one we’ll implement the national strategy I’ve been laying out since March,” Biden said. “We’ll develop and deploy rapid tests with results available immediately. We’ll make the medical supplies and protective equipment our country needs. And we’ll make them here in America. So we will never again be at the mercy of China and other foreign countries in order to protect our own people.”
Although LGBTQ issues didn’t explicitly come up in his speech, Biden paid heed to minority communities facing the brunt of the coronavirus, saying the disease has hit Black, Latino, Asian American, and Native American people the hardest.
Biden urged his audience to close their eyes and reimagine the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville in 2017, saying the time has come “to do the hard work of rooting out our systemic racism.”
“America’s history tells us that it has been in our darkest moments that we’ve made our greatest progress,” Biden said. “That we’ve found the light. And in this dark moment, I believe we are poised to make great progress again. That we can find the light once more. I have always believed you can define America in one word: Possibilities.”
The speech concluded with Dr. Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff joining Biden on stage at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. With masks donned, they exited on to a platform in the parking lot to wave to supporters socially distanced in cars cheering on amid a mixture of hazard lights and fireworks.
Watch the speech here (via Global News):