Biden’s inaugural speech produced a plea for positivity and hopefulness

President Joseph Biden addressed the nation with words of healing and unification after it was left divided by former President Donald Trump

By Victor Ortiz, Jr., writer

In his inaugural speech President Joseph Biden ardently called Americans to press forward in unity, while setting aside differences that were created in the November presidential election. 

Mr. Biden took oath center stage in Washington, DC on Jan. 20 and delivered a message of unity, hope, healing, and peace to America after it experienced what some may have categorized as division and conflict inflicted by former President Donald Trump. 

“Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but the cause of democracy,” said Mr. Biden. 

“To all those who supported our campaign I am humbled by the faith you have placed in us. To those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. And if you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America.”

Biden urged people to come together in solidarity and to make attempts at setting aside differences in order for the country to move forward and to disregard falsehoods and misinformation.

“We must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured,” said Mr. Biden.

Just a few weeks before Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration into office, Mr. Trump, without evidence, had delivered several speeches claiming that the Nov. 2020 election had been stolen from him. The rhetoric ultimately led up to the insurrection and storming of the U.S. Capital by Trump supporters on Jan. 6 and resulted in five untimely deaths, as reported by several news sources.

“They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before.We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.” said Mr. Trump in his rally speech to supporters.

Since his election, Mr. Biden has introduced an aggressive initiative in reversing much of what the Trump administration had built by signing several executive orders. As of Feb. 25, he had signed 50 executive orders.  

In one executive order, as of Feb. 19, the U.S. rejoined the Paris Agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to battle climate change and hold member countries accountable for reducing their contributions of harmful emissions. Currently, there are 195 countries whom are part of the agreement, including the U.S.

“A cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear,” said Mr. Biden.

Mr. Biden has also, via executive order, initiated updates to current immigration and directed a halt in further border wall construction as well as negating Mr. Trump’s policy in separating immigrant families. 

The president has also initiated orders addressing equity and healthcare laws, among others. 

“Over the centuries through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we have come so far. But we still have far to go,” said Mr. Biden.

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