[Commentary] Biden vs. Trump: One Knows How to President
The contrast could not be more stark. Donald Trump wants you to die. Joe Biden does not.
What other possible explanation is there for the soon-to-be former president to have included the following sentence at the end of his “Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2020” issued yesterday:
“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.”
Yeah, you read that right. Despite warnings from pretty much every public health expert in the country that advised Americans to forego Thanksgiving Day gatherings with those outside of their households to prevent the holiday from becoming the “mother of all superspreader events,” Trump actually wants you to get together with people around the dinner table to eat, drink and share air for an extended period of time.
Compare that with the caring, compassionate and encouraging words President-elect Joe Biden delivered in his Thanksgiving message on Wednesday:
“This year we’re asking Americans to forego so many of the traditions we’ve long made this holiday so special. For our family for 40-some years we’ve had a tradition of traveling over Thanksgiving, a tradition we’ve kept every year save one, the year our son Beau died. But this year we’ll be staying home. But this year, because we care so much for each other we’re going to be having a separate Thanksgiving. I know how hard it is to forego family traditions but it is so very important.”
The ever-empathetic Biden acknowledged that after so many months of masking and social distancing people may be tempted to let down their guard. “There’s real hope, tangible hope,” he said. “So hang on. Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, which I understand is real fatigue. I know we can and we will beat this virus. America’s not going to lose this war.”
Another contrast. Trump thinks the United States is a banana republic that he alone should rule. Biden cherishes democracy and wants to serve the people.
On Wednesday, at about the same time Biden was delivering his address, Trump was appearing via speakerphone at a Rudy Giuliani-organized Republican gathering in a Gettysburg hotel conference room and declared “we have to turn this election over.” Right after that call, Trump pardoned admitted liar Michael Flynn.
During his address the President-elect encouraged all Americans to “be thankful for democracy itself. In this last election we’ve had record numbers of Americans exercise their most sacred right, that of the vote to register their will at the ballot box. I give thanks now for the trust you’ve placed in me.”
Then on Thanksgiving morning the incoming president and his wife, Jill, were keeping a low profile at their home in Rehoboth, Del. The outgoing president, whom Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said was skipping a trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort this year because “he is hard at work,” was spotted leaving the White House shortly after 10:00 a.m., red golf hat in place, headed for his northern Virginia golf course.