News outlets today have projected that former Vice President Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. When he takes office in January, he’ll face an extremely divided electorate, but also have an opportunity to help bring the nation back together.
Below is a statement on today’s election news from FixUS Director Michael V. Murphy:
Now that Americans have cast their vote, it’s imperative that we all soon turn our attention to fixing the toxic political environment that has caused many to increasingly lose trust and faith in our political system, our institutions, and each other.
With so much distrust and gridlock in Washington, real change will have to start at the grassroots level, where people come together every day to solve hard problems and work toward common goals. We should demand the same effort from our leaders in the nation’s capital.
While half the country is celebrating today’s news, the other half is likely quite disappointed. As a nonpartisan effort focused on overcoming our nation’s divisions, FixUS regularly seeks engagement from individuals spanning the entire political spectrum, and that approach will remain the same regardless of the election results.
One change in leadership won’t undo the polarization that’s grown over many years. But we’re ready to work with individuals from both sides that want to begin the hard, long-term process of building upon on what unites us, while restoring the mutual trust and empathy we need to secure a brighter future.