Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden repeated his appeals for calm and patience on Thursday during a very brief speech in Delaware where he again said he “no doubt” he would be the next duly-elected US president.
The former veep, who leads President Trump in the electoral college 264-214 as counting continues in swing states, said every ballot needed to be accounted for as tensions rise in states like Pennsylvania.
“Each ballot must be counted and that’s what we’re going to see going through now and that’s how it should be,” Biden said, countering the president who earlier Thursday demanded counting be stopped.
“Democracy is sometimes messy, it sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that have been the envy of the world,” he said.
Flanked by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D. Calif), Biden said he believed he was on the path to victory, even as the vote count in some states like Georgia comes down to the wire and the Trump campaign mounts multiple legal challenges.
“We continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners,” he said.
“So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. the process is working, the count is being completed and we’ll know very soon,” he went on.
As the presidential race hangs in limbo, the Democratic nominee has begun making brief daily appearances in his hometown of Wilmington, Del. to project calm and confidence.
Meanwhile, the commander-in-chief has been sequestered in the White House residence where he has been making dubious claims about the electoral process on Twitter.