With only 28 days to go until the November 3rd presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged Americans to find "unity" at a time of "totally relentless partisan warfare".
Speaking on Tuesday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of a subsequent Union victory in the July 1863 US Civil War, Biden echoed the words of Civil War President Abraham Lincoln when he called America "a divided home."
"Today we are a divided house again. But that, my friends, it can no longer be. We face too many crises, we have too much work to do, we have too bright a future to ruin it on the ship leave banks of anger, hatred and division, "Biden said, according to NPR.
Biden said the contemporary attitudes of many Americans affect him and put the country in a "dangerous place".
"Our trust in one another is dwindling. Hope is hard to believe," he continued. "Too many Americans do not see our public life as the arena for mediating our differences. Rather, they see it as the occasion for an all-out, relentless partisan war. Instead of treating the other party as an opposition, we treat them as an enemy that has to end."
"What we need in America is leadership that tries to relieve tension, open lines of communication and bring us together," he added. "As president, that's exactly what I'll do."
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at the Gettysburg lodges in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2020, warning that "the forces of darkness" divide Americans and stressing that he will be president afterwards would strive to "end the hatred" and fear "to consume the nation.
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Biden made no mention of Republican President Donald Trump in his speech, and his plea for arbitration comes just days after he promised to pull all negative advertisements about Trump off the radio waves after Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis was announced early Friday morning had been.
While Biden said last Friday that he and his wife would "continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and first lady," he used his speech on Tuesday to draw contrasts between his and Trump's plans to deal with the virus.
In general, Trump has pushed for the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine while advocating for herd immunity that the virus can use to kill thousands of Americans before it becomes widespread in US society.
Trump has also advocated the speedy reopening of businesses and schools, often criticizing Democratic governors for "overreach" for keeping such places closed. He's also made fun of Biden for constantly wearing a face mask while Trump's largely maskless political rallies circumvent local social distancing laws by declaring the events as protests.
In his speech on Tuesday, Biden said, "We can be so much better. We can be better as of today. We can have a national strategy that puts politics aside and saves lives. We can have a national strategy that does schools as well Schools made possible. " Company safe to open, "he said." This pandemic isn't a red or blue state problem.
Newsweek contacted the Trump campaign for comment.