In a speech designed to establish himself as the nation's next president, former Vice President Joe Biden didn't even mention the fierce legal battle that President Trump is leading and which threatens to move on.
It was a startling contrast to the president, who spent the day tweeting about unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, claiming he "won" "a lot", boasting of his own 71 million "legal" votes, without Bidens & # 39; to mention superior number, claiming his observers are not allowed to count rooms.
His message to Trump supporters: "Let's give each other a chance."
President-elect Joe Biden addressed President Trump's supporters in his victory speech, but made no mention of the legal battle Trump is leading. He claimed he had "won" and made allegations of fraud without producing any evidence
In previous statements since Tuesday, Biden called for patience and the counting of the remaining votes. He didn't mention that either after television and the Associated Press called on enough states to defeat Trump on the electoral college.
Instead, Biden kept his comments referring to President Trump short and vague – aware that political pressure on Trump to acknowledge reality would increase as the transition proceeds.
He called to "restore decency to politics" and spoke of a battle between our "better angels" and the worst impulses.
"We need to restore the soul of America," said Biden, citing the organizational theme of his campaign, which is itself tied to Trump's comments on "both sides" after the Charlottesville marches.
“Our nation is shaped by the constant struggle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail, ”he said.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he had received 71,000,000 legal votes. Most for a seated president! & # 39;
Supporters of the results of President Donald Trump's protest elections near the state capital on Saturday November 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas
In fact, Trump was only mentioned in one section of his remarks where he talked about Trump's supporters.
"And for those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight," said Biden. "I lost a few elections myself. But now we're giving each other a chance."
His supporters cheered and honked their horns at the outdoor rally, even as they followed the line.
For at least Trump's supporters, it was an olive branch some sang about imprisoning him at Trump rallies after Trump repeatedly called Biden "corrupt" and claimed he had "spied on my campaign."
Ordinarily, the winning candidate would thank the losing candidate in his victory speech for a hard-fought campaign.
This is what Barack Obama did in 2012 when he said, "I just spoke to Governor Romney and congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a highly competitive campaign." Romney gave an amiable speech in which he said, "I wish everyone well, especially the President, the First Lady and their daughters."
But it's not even clear when Trump and Biden last spoke. Biden spokeswoman Symone Sanders told MSNBC it could be weeks since this last happened.
Both Joe Biden and President Trump spoke on the phone at least once during the campaign. And during the debates, of course, ”she told the network, referring to the angry clashes on stage. “But tonight is about the American people. And I want to remind people that our constitution does not require a license. It requires that at least one of the candidates win at least 270 votes, and that is exactly what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris did. "
Biden's speech contained several indirect references to Trump.
"It is time to get rid of the harsh rhetoric, cut the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress we must stop treating our opponents as our enemies," he said. & # 39; They are not our enemies. You are American. You are American. The Bible tells us about everything that there is a season, a time to build, a time to harvest, and a time to sow, and a time to heal, ”he said.
"This is the time for America to heal," he added.
And he repeated his refrain that he would rule as "American President".
"I will work as hard for those who did not vote for me as I did for those who voted for me," Biden vowed.