Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation, put the surging pandemic front and center, pledging to tap the "vast powers" of the federal government and to "change the course of the disease" once in office. But for that to work, he said, Americans must step up for their own safety and that of their fellow citizens.
"I know the country has grown weary of the fight," Biden said Wednesday. "We need to remember we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other."
President Donald Trump, who has scarcely mentioned the pandemic in recent days even as it has achieved record heights, remained fixated on his election defeat.
He sent his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other members of his legal team to meet Pennsylvania Republican state senators in Gettysburg. Inside a hotel near the hallowed battlefields of civil war, they again aired complaints about the election and repeated allegations of Democratic malfeasance that have already disintegrated under examination by courts.
"We have to turn the election over," Trump said from the Oval Office, where he joined the meeting by speakerphone.
"This was an election that we won easily," he said. "We won it by a lot." In fact, the election gave Biden a clear mandate, and no systemic fraud has been uncovered. Judge after judge has dismissed the Trump campaign's accusations as baseless, and ...