On Thursday night, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off in their final pre-Election Day debate. The debate was marked by incessant nonsensical lying from Trump and a forceful presentation of a brighter alternative vision for the next four years in America from Biden. Early Friday, former President Barack Obama shared a clip on Twitter from the debate featuring a moment when Biden insisted that, if elected, he would work to represent and uplift all Americans, not just those who voted for him. Based on his repeated derision of so-called “blue” states, Trump can’t be counted on to similarly work on behalf of all Americans rather than just his fervent supporters.
Alongside the clip, Obama wrote the following message:
‘Joe has the character and the experience to make our country better – but first, he needs your vote. Make a plan to vote right now and vote as early as you can.’
Check out the footage below:
Joe has the character and the experience to make our country better – but first, he needs your vote. Make a plan to vote right now and vote as early as you can. https://t.co/Q2RbOQZwv9 pic.twitter.com/QxJWM6EAnW
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 23, 2020
In the clip, Biden is responding to a question from moderator Kristen Welker of what message he would send during his Inauguration Day remarks to Americans who didn’t vote for him, if he were to win the presidential race.
Discussing his potential Inauguration Day remarks, Biden shared:
‘I will say, I’m an American President. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me, and I’m going to make sure that you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to move; we’re going to choose science over fiction. We’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities, enormous opportunities to make things better… what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect. Treating people with dignity, making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that. You haven’t been getting it the last four years.’
Trump was asked the same question of what he would say on Inauguration Day 2021 to Americans who did not vote for him, if he were to win a second term in office. He did not directly answer the actual substance of the question. Instead, he belligerently criticized Biden; the closest that he got to an actual answer was his vague and dubious comment that “success is going to bring us together. We are on the road to success” — thus, he seems to be implying, he’s not actually that all that directly concerned about acutely bringing Americans together. He thinks it’ll happen automatically following so-called “success.”
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: