It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They are Americans. The bible tells us to everything there is a season, a time to build, a time to reap, and a time to sow and a time to heal,’ he said.
‘I will govern as an American president. I’ll work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did,’ Biden vowed.
Biden – whose primary campaign was salvaged in large part by African American support in South Carolina and other states – gave a prominent shout-out to black supporters.
‘The African American community stood up again for me. You’ve always had my back – and I’ll have yours,’ he said.
He also spoke of ‘the battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country.’
Harris the first woman and the first black woman to be elected vice president, also listed ended ‘systemic racism’ as a top administration priority.