The most important line in Joe Biden's victory speech

On Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden did something the man he will replace in the White House never did in four years: He reached out the people who didn’t vote for him.

For all those of you who voted for President Trump, Ek verstaan ​​die teleurstelling vanaand,” Biden gesê. “I’ve lost a couple of times myself. Maar nou, let’s give each other a chance.
Consider the empathy and the vulnerability on display there. In Biden’s greatest moment of triumpha moment five decades in the makingthe President-elect took the time right at the top of his speech to remind people that he knows what losing elections feels like. (Biden lost his two previous presidential bids — in 1988 en 2008.)
Contrast that with the default stance of President Donald Trump: I always winin everything. Losing is for losers. And I am definitely NOT a loser.
    As I noted over the weekend, Biden’s life has been shaped by disappointment, grief and lossboth political and personal. This is a man whose greatest victories have been followed by his most devastating losses, who has seen the seeds of tragedy give way to triumph. He knows losing. He knows it’s part of life. And politics. And that in losing, you learn to both appreciate the times when you winand how to talk to the people on the other end of the race.

    Which will matter to some not-insignificant chunk of people.
    (En nee, I am under no illusion that the most hardcore supporters of Trump will be moved by these words from Bidenor anything else. Hoekom? Because Biden’s willingness to not only sympathize with those whose candidate didn’t win but to also ask them to give him a chance suggests that the era of viewing people with whom you disagree politically as evil is coming to an end.)
    What Biden said next in his speech affirms that. Hier is dit:
    It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They are Americans.
    Compare that to Trump on the 2018 campaign trail, when he described Democrats who opposed the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh asreally evil peopleand notingI know fellow Americans that are evilI’ve known some fellow Americans that are pretty evil.
    These are worldviews that are, heel letterlik, worlds apart. Trump actively worked to weaponize political division for his own gain. Biden is, at least at the start, trying to remind people of our common humanity. That Democrat, Republican or something else, we have a heck of a lot more in common than we have differences.
      What do Biden’s words mean in terms of his legislative priorities? Or whether he will put a Republican in a prominent role in his Cabinet? Or how much he will consult with congressional Republicans? Not much!
      But in politics, gestures and words matter. And after four years of the most polarizing president in American historyletterlik! — that Biden, in his first speech as President-elect, reached out a hand in empathy to those who disagree with him and didn’t vote for him says something about the man and the way he views how politics should work.




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