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Biden's speech to the electoral faculty was a stinging reprimand from Trump

For the past six weeks since election day, President-elect Joe Biden has gone on business, largely ignoring the circus surrounding President Donald Trump's incessant lies about electoral fraud and a refusal to admit. That changed a little on Monday.

Hours after the electoral college officially voted for his victory over Trump, Biden declared victory. He also criticized the president, whom he portrayed as on the wrong side of the struggle for democracy for refusing to acknowledge the reality of his defeat.

"In this fight for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," said Biden. “We, the people, voted. Maintained trust in our institutions. The integrity of our elections is preserved. And now it's time to turn the page. Unite. Heal."

Noting that he won the same number of electoral votes as Trump after the 2016 election – 306, although Trump ultimately received only 304 votes due to two unfaithful voters – Biden said, "At that time, President Trump called his electoral college roster a landslide. By his own standards, those numbers were a clear victory then, and I suggest that they do so now with respect. "

Biden: "306 votes is the same number Trump & Pence received when they won in 2016. At the time, Trump was calling his electoral college roster a landslide. By his own standards, those numbers represented a clear victory at the time and I respectfully suggest they do this now "pic.twitter.com/StyOFRJoxn

– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 15, 2020

At another point, Biden indirectly shot Trump, saying, “The flame of democracy was kindled in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing – not even a pandemic or abuse of power – can put out that flame. "

Biden addressed the spate of unsuccessful lawsuits the Trump campaign has filed since the election and the Supreme Court's refusal last week to pick up a flimsy case that could have undone his victory. He also praised state and local officials on both sides of the aisle for overseeing fair elections while refusing to be "bullied" by Trump.

“In America, when questions about the legitimacy of elections are raised, those questions are resolved through the legal process. And that's exactly what happened here, ”he said. "All counts have been confirmed … none of which has stopped unsubstantiated claims."

Biden later noted that "respect for the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy," adding that it was my responsibility when Trump won four years ago to have the electoral college vote for the joint session of Congress known give … I did my job. "

Biden: "Four years ago, when I was Vice President, it was my responsibility to announce the number of votes of the electoral college for the joint session of Congress. I've done my job. Now is the time to turn the page. " have done throughout our history. "pic.twitter.com/eCHWQMWxPo

– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 15, 2020

Although a majority of House Republicans stated in writing last week that they supported the above case which could have overturned the election result, Biden expanded an olive branch and said, “I am convinced that we can work together for the good of the nation on many issues . That is the duty of the people, of our constitution, of our history. “He also thanked the Senate Republicans who have already recognized his victory.

Biden, who sounded noticeably hoarse throughout, concluded by stating that the joy of his victory “is tempered by the pain so many of us feel today. Our nation (today) has passed a grim milestone: 300,000 deaths from this Covid virus. In this dark winter of the pandemic, my heart goes out to each of you. "

Biden ends his speech: "We have always set the world an example of peaceful change of power. I know that the task ahead will not be easy. It will be alleviated by the pain so many of us feel today as a nation has one grim milestone passed. 300,000 deaths from this virus "pic.twitter.com/hSDGAK6Pkg

– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 15, 2020

As the president-elect tries to turn the page of the election, the president continues to throw lies about it being stolen from him. Stephen Miller, who serves as both a White House official and campaign advisor, indicated where things could go at a Fox & Friends appearance on Monday when he said that "an alternate electoral roll will vote in the contested states ( for Trump) and we will send these results to Congress. "

But that's just political theater. The fact is, Biden is the president-elect. And, as he noted, "Trump was not denied any course of action that he was willing to take" to challenge the results. As Biden stressed on Monday, one cannot escape the reality that Biden's victory was the result of a free and fair choice whether Trump wants to recognize this or not.

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