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Biden accepts Democratic nomination. ‘Trump has failed to protect us’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, painting Donald Trump as a failure who has divided America.

“Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation. He has failed to protect us, he has failed to protect America,” Biden said.

A large portion of Biden’s speech focused on the coronavirus pandemic and his belief that Trump is responsible for the deaths in America.

“The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle,” Biden said. “Well, I have news for him: no miracle is coming. We lead the world in confirmed cases. We lead the world in deaths. Our economy is in tatters, with Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American communities bearing the brunt of it.”

Biden said America is facing a “perfect storm” of crises in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic, the worst economic crisis since the depression, a growing climate crisis and racial justice unrest comparable to the Civil Rights Era.

“Will we be the generation that finally wipes out the stain of racism from our national character? I believe we’re up to it. I believe we’re ready,” said Biden.

Biden also touched on the division that Americans see in the country today and blamed it largely on Trump.

“The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger, too much fear, too much division,” said Biden. “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. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness.”

In an emotional moment, Biden told Americans he understands what loss feels like and can relate to them. The former vice president has had much loss in his life. His first wife died tragically in a car accident and his son, Beau, passed away from a brain tumor.

“Every moment with your loved ones is precious. I know that in my core because I’ve learned it through loss. It’s why as president, I’m going to do everything I can to get this virus under control and get our lives back to normal as soon as we can,” he said.

President Trump wasn’t impressed with Biden’s speech. He called it all talk and said Biden has accomplished nothing in his 47 years of public service.

“In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words,” the president tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the president visited Pennsylvania to deliver a speech against Biden.

“If you want a vision of your life under Joe Biden, imagine the smoldering ruins of Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland and the bloodstained sidewalks of Chicago coming to every city and town in America,” Trump said.

PHOTO: NURPHOTO / GETTY

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