- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2020

Former first lady Michelle Obama said Democrats still have a lot of work to do after Joseph R. Biden was projected to be the president-elect Saturday, reminding voters that “tens of millions of people” still voted to reelect President Trump even when it meant supporting “lies, hate, chaos, and division.”

Mrs. Obama issued a lengthy tweet thread congratulating Mr. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris after multiple media outlets projected him to win the 2020 presidential election against Mr. Trump. The former first lady, who campaigned for the Biden-Harris ticket, said the White House was “sorely” in need of someone to restore the presidency’s “dignity, competence, and heart.”

“More votes were cast in this election than ever before. It’s because of you,” Mrs. Obama wrote, thanking Biden-Harris voters. “And after we celebrate — and we should all take a moment to exhale after everything we’ve been through — let’s remember that this is just a beginning. It’s a first step. Voting in one election isn’t a magic wand, and neither is winning one.

“Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division,” she continued. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.

“But we’ve also got to recognize that the path to progress will always be uphill. We’ll always have to scrape and crawl up toward that mountaintop. And two years from now, four years from now, there will once again be no margin for error,” she added. “We see now the reality that we can’t take even the tiniest part of our democracy for granted. Every single vote must count — and every single one of us must vote. And as a country, we should be making it easier, not harder to cast a ballot.”

Mrs. Obama ended her statement by urging Democratic voters to “keep speaking out and marching on” ahead of the January elections, when two runoff elections in Georgia may determine control of the U.S. Senate.

“We’ve got to promise each other that our focus in this election won’t be an anomaly, but the rule,” she wrote. “That’s how we can not only feel this way right now, but in the months and years ahead. It’s the only way we’ll build a nation worthy of our children.”

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