Former President George W. Bush issued a rare public statement on Sunday, congratulating President-elect Joe Biden on his victory and saluting his patriotic victory speech.
"I just talked to the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night," Bush said.
“I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency,” Bush said of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a California senator who shattered gender and racial barriers with her win.
Biden and Harris gave victory speeches Saturday night, hours after the Associated Press and other major outlets called the race in the Democrats’ favor. In the address in Biden's home state of Delaware, the new president-elect vowed to be a commander in chief who doesn't "see red states and blue states, [but] only sees the United States."
But Trump has yet to acknowledge Biden's victory, as major party candidates have done throughout modern political history when it was clear they had lost. The incumbent president has alternated between silence and tweets promoting conspiracies falsely asserting that the election was rigged.
"No matter how you voted, your vote counted," Bush said. "The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear."
The 43rd president added: “I want to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought campaign. He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans...an extraordinary political achievement. They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”
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