(CNN) — US President-elect Joe Biden declared on Monday, hours after the Electoral College made its victory over President Donald Trump official, that “the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people prevailed” over the efforts. Trump for ruining the election results.
“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation long ago. And now we know that nothing, not even a pandemic or the abuse of power, can put out that flame, “said Biden.
In a speech Monday night in Delaware, Biden made the most direct and detailed defense of his victory yet, and the harshest condemnation of Trump’s faltering efforts to change reality.
He cataloged the campaign failures of Trump and his allies in state and federal courts and state legislatures, and the recounts that have not substantially changed the outcome of the vote. He said the efforts of Trump and his supporters to use the courts to overturn the election result were “as extreme as we have never seen them before.”
“Fortunately, a unanimous Supreme Court immediately and completely rejected this effort,” Biden said.
Speech after Electoral College vote
The speech came after the Electoral College cast 306 votes for Biden and 232 for Trump, consolidating the Democrat’s victory. Electoral College votes will now go to Congress to be formally counted next month. While some House Republicans have indicated they will oppose the results in key states, they can do little more than delay the process during a joint session of Congress on Jan.6. Then, Biden will take office at noon on January 20.
Biden declared it is time to “turn the page, unite, heal.”
“In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” Biden said. «We, the people, vote. Faith in our institutions was kept. The integrity of our choices remains intact. So now is the time to turn the page. Join us. Heal”.
But it also launched against Trump and Republicans who have tried to thwart the democratic process in a way they had not done before.
The demands of Trump and his allies were roundly rejected in state and federal courts. “And yet none of this has been able to stop the unsubstantiated claims about the legitimacy of the results,” Biden said.
His harshest words were directed at Trump and his Republican allies, including 17 state attorneys general and 126 members of Congress who backed an unfounded lawsuit from Texas that seeks to overturn the election results of other states.
“This legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials and a group of states to try to get the Supreme Court to erase the votes of more than 20 million Americans in other states and hand over the presidency to a candidate who lost the Electoral College, lost the popular vote and lost each and every state whose votes they were trying to reverse. It’s such an extreme position, we’ve never seen it before, ”he said.
The president-elect, who stopped several times during his remarks to cough or clear his throat, called it “a position that refuses to respect the will of the people, refuses to respect the rule of law, and refuses to honor our Constitution. ».
He also condemned attacks by Trump and his supporters, who have tried to eliminate legitimately cast votes, against state and local election officials.
“It is my sincere hope that we will never again see anyone subjected to the kinds of threats and abuse that we saw in these elections. It’s just unthinkable, ”Biden said.
What’s next for Biden
She tried to put Trump’s denials of reality behind her, pointing to a record turnout that she said “must be celebrated, not attacked.”
The president-elect noted that more than 81 million votes were cast in favor of him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the most in history, and 7 million more than those received by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Biden also noted that he won by the same electoral vote difference that Trump received in 2016, and said that then as now it was a “clear victory.”
The president-elect also laid out the work that will dominate the first days of his administration: the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the distribution of vaccines and slowing the spread of the virus as those vaccines become available. Also, rebuilding an economy hit by the pandemic.
“There is urgent work ahead of all of us,” he said. “Get the pandemic under control to vaccinate the nation against this virus. Provide immediate financial assistance so badly needed by so many Americans who are hurting today, and then rebuild our economy better than ever.
CNN’s Sarah Mucha and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.
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