“For me, in the darkest moments, faith provides hope and solace, provides clarity and purpose, as well,” he said, appearing at the bipartisan breakfast virtually in pre-recorded remarks.
Biden called this year “different” amid the pandemic, citing death tolls, food insecurity and racial justice. He also cited the “existential threat of climate crisis.”
“We just have to open our eyes. We’ve just witnessed images that we’ve never imagined — images that now we’ll never forget: a violent assault on the US Capitol — an assault on our democracy, on our Capitol, a violent attack that threatens lives and took lives. We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, White supremacy and domestic terrorism,” he said.
Biden placed an emphasis on unity in his remarks, echoing themes from his inaugural address.
“These aren’t Democrats, Republicans going hungry in our nation. They’re our fellow Americans, fellow human beings,” he said, repeating the same refrain for “going without health care,” “being evicted from their homes,” and “losing their lives with this deadly virus.”