Joe Biden and President Donald Trump delivered starkly completely different Christmas messages Friday, with the president-elect emphasizing in a video the ache that the Covid pandemic has wrought and reminding Individuals of “our frequent humanity,” whereas Trump made solely the faintest reference to the coronavirus.
“Jill and I want you and your loved ones peace, pleasure, well being and happiness this season. However we all know for thus lots of you in our nation this has been a really troublesome yr,” Biden stated in a video message together with his spouse. “And we’re reminded on this season of hope, our frequent humanity, and what we’re known as to do for each other.”
“Lots of our fellow Individuals are struggling to search out work, actually put meals on the desk, pay their hire or their mortgage, reminded we’re on this earth to look after each other, to present what we are able to and to be a supply of assist and hope to associates and strangers alike,” Biden added.
He additionally emphasised that he and Jill would not be seeing prolonged household this yr, to honor the general public well being pointers made needed by Covid.
“For the Bidens, we often have 20 to 25 individuals over Christmas Eve for dinner, however not this yr,” the president-elect stated. “We will miss our household, nevertheless it’s what we have to do to maintain our households secure. We hope you will contemplate limiting journey within the dimension of household gatherings as nicely this yr.”
Nearly 330,000 Americans have died from Covid, with there being greater than 18.7 million confirmed circumstances of the virus within the U.S.
Trump, in the meantime, issued a proper White Home assertion that did not particularly point out the pandemic.
His solely acknowledgement was that “our gatherings may look completely different than in previous years.”
As an alternative, he despatched “warmest needs” from himself and first girl Melania Trump “to all Individuals as we rejoice Christmas.”
“Whereas our gatherings may look completely different than in years previous, this Christmas, like each Christmas, is a chance for us to rejoice the delivery of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and present our heartfelt gratitude for the considerable blessings God has bestowed upon our lives and nation,” the Trumps’ message stated. “On this season of peace, we cherish the heat, generosity, and religion that breathe life into our vacation gatherings. The love we share with our household and associates fills our hearts with pleasure, simply because the story of Christ’s delivery evokes individuals everywhere in the world.”
Trump additionally provided his due to army households, first responders, regulation enforcement officers, and frontline medical professionals who “work tirelessly to serve and shield our communities.”