(UnitedVoice.com) – Less than a week after the election, the media prematurely called the race for Joe Biden as ballots were still being counted and the numbers in some battleground states were highly contested. On Saturday, November 7, Biden asked Americans to set aside any divisiveness under Donald Trump’s presidency. That set off alarms in Republican circles.
In a speech before a drive-in victory rally in Wilmington, DE, Biden said, “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”
Perhaps Biden was holed up in his basement too long, and his memory is failing him. Where was he the last four years? An attempted coup, a politically motivated impeachment, and constant media harassment led to a charged political atmosphere as the president was forced to continually defend himself. Lest we forget, it started on day one, and it never let up.
How are Republicans supposed to forget what Democrats put the nation through for four years?
Where Was the Unity for the Last Four Years?
While Biden lays the problem of disunity at the feet of Donald Trump, it’s worth a stroll down memory lane. Hillary Clinton referred to 71 million Americans who voted for Trump as “deplorables” during the 2016 campaign. The resistance movement was created after election day in 2016. The president was called illegitimate, and boycotts against conservatives who supported the president ensued. Then it was proven that there was surveillance of the Trump campaign under false pretenses after Clinton started the Russian collusion claim to take the attention off of her email scandal. Throughout Trump’s presidency, there were constant leaks from the deep state, harassment by Democrats in Congress, and even an improper impeachment.
Intolerance was the forte of Democrats. Does anyone remember in 2018 when protestors harassed Republicans in public spaces, restaurants, or at their homes?
What about what Democrats did to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump campaign official Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, and so many more?
American’s Don’t Believe Unity Is Possible at This Point
It may be difficult to find unity when over 70 million people who voted for the president were called racists, sexist, homophobic and xenophobes. Throughout Trump’s presidency, and during the Democratic primaries, Biden stoked the fire. He alleged that Trump and his supporters were no good. Even now, the far left wants to exact revenge. Some are calling for employment boycotts against Trump White House employees if they have to find a new job.
How can there be unity when Democrats are still misbehaving?
There are also issues Biden should legitimately be concerned about. According to a recent study by Rasmussen Reports, only 27% of the country believe either party will find common ground. Shockingly, 52% believe that if Biden is confirmed the winner by state certifications, violent protests are likely.
Biden may find that putting the genie back in the bottle is a lot easier to talk about than it is to do. He will inherit problems his Democratic colleagues created and in which he participated as a candidate. The question is, will Biden double down and continue to blame Trump and his supporters for the chaos, or will he take some responsibility on behalf of the Democratic Party to cool tensions on all sides?
It’s going to be interesting to find out in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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