George W. Bush congratulates Biden on election victory

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Former President George W. Bush issued an announcement on Sunday congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory.

Why it issues: Each residing president has now congratulated Biden and acknowledged the result of the election, at the same time as President Trump refuses to concede and continues to lodge unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

  • Bush addressed the American individuals straight in his assertion and voiced his assist for the brand new administration, whereas acknowledging that Trump has the suitable to “request recounts and pursue authorized challenges.”
  • However the former Republican president added: “The American individuals can believe that this election was basically truthful, its integrity might be upheld, and its final result is evident.”

Full assertion:

I simply talked to the President-elect of the USA, Joe Biden. I prolonged my heat congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered final night time. I additionally referred to as Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency. Although now we have political variations, I do know Joe Biden to be man, who has gained his alternative to guide and unify our nation. The President-elect reiterated that whereas he ran as a Democrat, he’ll govern for all Individuals. I provided him the identical factor I provided Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to assist in any approach I can.

I wish to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought marketing campaign. He earned the votes of greater than 70 million Individuals — a rare political achievement. They’ve spoken, and their voices will proceed to be heard via elected Republicans at each degree of presidency.

The truth that so lots of our fellow residents participated on this election is a optimistic signal of the well being of our democracy and a reminder to the world of its energy. Regardless of the way you voted, your vote counted. President Trump has the suitable to request recounts and pursue authorized challenges, and any unresolved points might be correctly adjudicated. The American individuals can believe that this election was basically truthful, its integrity might be upheld, and its final result clear.

The challenges that face our nation will demand one of the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris — and one of the best of us all. We should come collectively for the sake of our households and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There isn’t a drawback that won’t yield to the gathered will of a free individuals. Laura and I pray for our leaders and their households. We ask for God’s continued blessings on our nation. And we urge all Individuals to affix us in wishing our subsequent President and Vice President nicely as they put together to take up their essential duties.

— George W. Bush

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