Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States.


Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Joe Biden said. “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”

Donald Trump departed Washington ahead of the inauguration rather than accompany Biden to the Capitol. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama did gather for the ceremonial transfer of power. Trump, instead flew to Florida after stoking grievance among his supporters with the lie that Biden’s win was illegitimate.

Biden, did not mention Trump by name but alluded to the rifts Trump had helped create.

“I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we all are created equal and the harsh, ugly reality of racism, nativism, fear, demonization that have long torn us apart,” Biden said. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward and we must meet this moment as the United States of America.”

Kamala Harris became the first woman to be vice president, as well as the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency and will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government.

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