Biden focuses on faith and unity during 'dark, dark time' in prayer breakfast remarks

总统拜登 on Thursday cited the importance of unity and faith during what he described as a “黑暗, dark timefor many Americans, as he continued the presidential tradition of participation in the National Prayer Breakfast.

“为了我, in the darkest moments, faith provides hope and solace, provides clarity and purpose, 以及,” 他说, appearing at the bipartisan breakfast virtually in pre-recorded remarks.
Biden called this yeardifferent” 在大流行中, citing death tolls, food insecurity and racial justice. He also cited theexistential threat of climate crisis.
The President directly addressed the 一月 6 Capitol insurrection during his remarks.
    We just have to open our eyes. We’ve just witnessed images that we’ve never imaginedimages that now we’ll never forget: a violent assault on the US Capitolan assault on our democracy, on our Capitol, a violent attack that threatens lives and took lives. We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, White supremacy and domestic terrorism,” 他说.
    Biden placed an emphasis on unity in his remarks, echoing themes from his inaugural address.
    These aren’t Democrats, Republicans going hungry in our nation. They’re our fellow Americans, fellow human beings,” 他说, repeating the same refrain forgoing without health care,” “being evicted from their homes,” 和 “losing their lives with this deadly virus.
    Four of Biden’s predecessorsformer Presidents Jimmy Carter, 乔治·W. 衬套, 比尔·克林顿, and Barack Obamaparticipated in Thursday’s prayer breakfast in some capacity, but former 唐纳德·特朗普总统 did not.
      Biden’s remarks stood in contrast to Trump’s remarks at the annual breakfast hosted by the nonprofit Fellowship Foundation. 去年, 王牌, who had been acquitted in his first impeachment trial the day before, took veiled shots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. 米特·罗姆尼, the only Republican who voted to convict him.
      At his first appearance in 2017, 王牌 asked the room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders topray for ArnoldSchwarzenegger so that ratings of his showNBC’sThe Apprentice” — would go up.