Remarks of Joe Biden

Remarks of Former Vice President Joe Biden

At Muslims Making Change: National Honors

October 14, 2020

Hi, it’s Joe Biden. It’s an honor to congratulate Muslim Advocates on 15 years of hard work for justice. You are proof just how much Muslim American community does and what it can do and make our nation so strong. Health care workers, educators, artists, organizers, small business owners, essential workers, advocates like you bring us closer to our founding ideals. 

Muslim American voices matter, to our community and to our country. I know you haven’t always gotten the respect or representation you deserve. We have seen what happens when a president fans the flames: hate crimes on the march, more kids bullied in school, a rise of anti-Muslim bigotry. This is not who we are. Abraham Lincoln told us at Gettysburg, “a house divided cannot stand.” Today, trust is ebbing, hope seems elusive, instead of healing we are being ripped apart, and I refuse to let that happen. We have too bright a future to leave it shipwrecked on the shores of anger and division. 

I’ve said from the start, I’m running to unite this country. To embrace hope not fear, light not darkness, the future not the past. And I’m going to appeal to the best of us, not our worst side. You know you all know better than anyone, it’s in our power to change course, to organize, advocate, and to vote. As President I’ll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society, to honor your contributions and seek your ideas. My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level. On day one I’ll end Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban. I’ll push Congress to pass hate crimes legislation. I’ll implement the national strategy I’ve laid out since March to beat COVID. I’ll end the deadly inequities in healthcare, education, and opportunity that this crisis has amplified. And together we’ll rebuild the criminal justice system focused on redemption, not retribution. 

You know, in these crises we have enormous opportunity to build back, to build back a better future. That’s what America always does. So please get everyone you know to vote. Friends, families, colleagues, the whole community, send them to to make a plan to vote, make a plan to vote today how you’re going to do it. We can’t let anyone think their voices don’t count, because the American people will decide this election and define our future. The American people, you. There’s not a single thing we can’t do when we do it together. So let’s spread the faith, let’s get to work. Thank you.