Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was the winner of a “free and fair” election Monday and thanked poll workers who refused to be “bullied” into endorsing President Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary, Breitbart reported.
Even as Biden claims victory, many are questioning his claim that “democracy survived because of them” amid lingering suspicions of voter fraud.
Poll workers “saved” democracy
Biden portrayed his putative victory as a luminous triumph of democracy that crossed party lines, bringing together Republicans and Democrats against an “unprecedented” attempt by Trump to overturn the “will of the people” with unfounded claims of voter fraud.
As Biden told it, America’s democracy just barely survived thanks to election workers who saw “with their own eyes” that the election was transparent and fair. Biden also seemed to give a nod to government officials who Trump has slammed for not doing enough to pursue alleged fraud, like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).
“They did their duty in the face of the pandemic. And then they could not and would not give credence to what they knew was not true. They knew this election was overseen, was overseen by them. It was honest, it was free and it was fair,” Biden said.
Biden slammed “unconscionable” threats that poll workers have received since Nov. 3, saying “democracy survived because of them.”
“We owe these public servants a debt of gratitude. They didn’t seek the spotlight, and our democracy survived because of them, which is proof once more that it’s everyday America and infused with honor, character and decency that is the heart of this nation,” he said.
Despite Biden’s shining vision, many Americans don’t believe that the election was “free and fair.”
Trump and his allies have alleged for weeks that Democrats stole what looked like an election might victory from Trump with voter fraud in corrupt Democratic cities.
Over the last month or so, Trump’s legal team obtained sworn affidavits claiming that poll workers in some areas were engaged in fraud, and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani held hearings in contested states where witnesses described what they saw.
Biden delivered his speech after an Electoral College vote, which the Democrat said gave a clear signal to “turn the page.”
“We the people voted, faith in our institutions held, the integrity of our elections remain intact, and now it’s time to turn the page as we’ve done throughout our history,” he said.