President-Elect Democrat Joe Biden’s transition team announced Monday that the theme for Biden’s inauguration will be “America United” and will focus on Biden’s efforts to forge a “new national journey” and a “path to a brighter future.”
“The theme of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is ‘America United,’ despite deep divisions in the country, and will be focused on a ‘new national journey’ that the Biden team says will ‘restore the soul of America’ and bring the country together,” according to Fox News.
“Biden’s inauguration, set for next week, Jan. 20, comes at ‘a time of unprecedented crisis,’ according to the Biden team, and its inaugural theme ‘reflects the beginning’ of a ‘path to a brighter future,'” the outlet continued, referencing the official announcement.
“Our political divisions are seeking to tear us apart and continue to test the strength of our democracy,” the announcement read. “The moment calls for sober reflection and the mustering of our national resolve. It is also a moment of hope.”
In reference to “political divisions” “seeking to tear us apart,” Biden’s team specifically pointed to policy forged in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and urged Americans to celebrate their “resilience, heroism and unified commitment to coming together as a nation” in order to “emerge as the indomitable force that a united America represents.”
“This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people – one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united,” Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Dr. Tony Allen said in his own statement, per Fox. “It is time to turn the page on this era of division. The inaugural activities will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart, just as our motto ‘E Pluribus Unum’ reminds us – out of many, one.”
Oddly enough, the proclamation comes just one day after Biden announced that his administration will prioritize economic aid for businesses affected by the coronavirus-driven economic downturn based on the race and gender of business owners, effectively pitting American entrepreneurs against each other in the battle to recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected, that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own,” Biden himself says in an official transition team video posted to social media. “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
The new policy was dubbed “institutionalized racism” by some commenters, who pointed out that Biden’s message, dividing and ranking groups based on skin color rather than on economic need, was at clear odds with his message of “national unity.”
As a show of how Biden will bridge the partisan divide, though, the President-elect will make his first order of business a bipartisan wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. He will be joined by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. President Donald Trump, in one of his final social media messages, said he does not plan to attend Biden’s swearing-in.