Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has spoken in public to call for unity in the face of allegations of election fraud from President Donald Trump today (November 4).
Following yesterday’s election, vote counting is still underway in many states, with seven left to declare.
And in the close-run race, Joe Biden’s campaign chief Jen O’Malley Dillon earlier said the Democratic candidate was “on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States”.
Tonight, in Wilmington, Delaware, the 77-year-old former vice president gave the appearance of a confident politician on track to victory and called for the fair counting of all ballots.
Speaking in a presidential tone, he didn’t address the separate lawsuits, but stood united with VP candidate Kamala Harris.
“My fellow Americans, it has once again been proved that democracy is the heartbeat of this nation, just as it has been the heartbeat of this nation for two centuries,” he said, noting that more than 150 million people have cast votes.
“If we had any doubts, we shouldn’t any longer.
“Here the people rule, power can’t be taken or asserted.
“It flows from the people. It’s their will that determines who will be president of the United States and their will alone.”
Mr Biden didn’t claim victory, saying: “It’s clear that we are winning enough states.
“I’m not here to declare that we have one, but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we will be the winners.”
In states where the Republican and Democrat vote are considered close, Donald Trump initially took to Twitter to call fraud.
One tweet read: “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!”
This evening, the Trump campaign has gone further, filing legal challenges in Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as dismissing the news that Wisconsin has become a Democrat state by calling for a recount there.
Mr Biden didn’t mention Mr Trump by name, but said: “Every indication is that our majority will grow.
“Senator Harris and I are on track to win more votes than have ever been won on any ticket.”
Away from the bitter battle, he said: “It’s been a long and difficult campaign, but it’s been a more difficult time for our country, a hard time.”
He spoke of his wish for the electorate to ‘listen to one another, lower the temperature and respect and care for one another’, adding that post-election it was time, “to unite, to heal, to come together as a nation. I know this won’t be easy, I’m not naive.
“To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.
“We are campaigning as Democrats, but I will govern as an American president.
“I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as I will for those who did vote for me.”
In comments indirectly thought to address Mr Trump’s efforts to halt counting, Mr Biden added: “Every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy from us – not now, not ever.
“We, the people, will not be silenced. We, the people, will not be bullied. We, the people, will not surrender.
“My friends I’m confident we will emerge victory, but it will not be our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for democracy.
There will be no red states or blue states, there will be only Americans.
It’s been reported that Mr Trump is planning to address the nation from Philadelphia this evening.