Joe Biden has told Americans they “will overcome this season of darkness” as he hit out at Donald Trump and formally accepted the Democratic nomination for US president.
In a speech at the Democratic Convention in Delaware, Mr Biden said the US president had “cloaked America in darkness for much too long”, accusing him of creating “too much anger, too much fear, too much division”.
“Here and now I give you my word, if you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst,” Mr Biden said.
Image: Joe Biden addressed the Democratic Convention in Delaware
“I’ll be an ally of the light, not our darkness.
“And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”
The former US vice president said he would represent all Americans if he wins the “life-changing” election in November.
“This is going to determine what America is going to look like for a long, long time,” he said.
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He added: “What we know about this president is that if he’s given four more years, he’ll be what he has been for the last four years – a president who takes no responsibilities, refuses to lead, blames others, cosies up to dictators, and fans the flames of hate and division.
“He’ll wake up every day believing the job is about him, never about you.”
Mr Biden also offered a withering assessment of his opponent’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the US having the world’s highest recorded death toll from the virus.
“Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation: he has failed to protect us,” he said.
During Mr Biden’s speech, Mr Trump responded by tweeting: “In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!”
The four-day Democratic Convention was held in Mr Biden’s hometown of Wilmington at an empty arena due to COVID-19.
At 77, he would be the oldest president ever elected if he defeats Mr Trump in November’s election.
Source : Sky News