In a speech declaring himself the next president, Joe Biden stressed the perceived importance of unity and bipartisanship in response to the current administration of President Donald Trump.
Former Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, however, was one of the many public figures who slammed his superficial gesture of goodwill toward Trump supporters, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“A nation healed”
The former vice president called for “healing” and “unity” between Democrats and the more than 70 million Americans who voted for his rival in last week’s election.
Kelly was not alone, however, when she expressed incredulity after Biden’s party spent the past four years “demonizing” the president and his supporters. Her recent remarks came on Sunday in the form of a Twitter response to one critic of her take on Biden’s latest bipartisan bent.
“A nation united,” Biden tweeted on Saturday, shortly after he was declared the winner of the 2020 race by multiple mainstream media outlets. “A nation strengthened. A nation healed. The United States of America.”
The words rang hollow for many Americans, including Kelly, who tweeted: “No. Half of the country has been demonized as awful for four years just for supporting their president who was falsely accused of Russian collaboration, wrongly impeached & attacked relentlessly by the L & a dishonest media. And now it’s ‘let’s heal!’ ‘Unity!’ Good luck.”
Even as Biden calls for unity, some of his party’s more progressive voices are advocating for the creation of lists to record the names of prominent Trump backers.
“Archiving these Trump sycophants”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), for example, wants to keep track of the president’s supporters so that they may be held “accountable” at some future point.
“Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” she tweeted. “I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.”
For her part, Kelly singled out Ocasio-Cortez to highlight the dissonance between Biden’s rhetoric and the obvious anti-Trump sentiment still brewing within the Democratic Party.
“Biden calls for ‘unity’ and ‘healing’ – perhaps he should take it up first with the loudest voices of his own party?” Kelly tweeted.
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez is not alone. Even CNN’s Jake Tapper suggested that Trump supporters should consider “how any future employers might see your character defined during adversity.”