We felt hope on Wednesday afternoon seeing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris together and listening to their vision for America. We can emerge from this dark period and begin the healing and rebuilding that our nation desperately craves.
With Joe and Kamala in the White House, the future is full of possibilities for everyone. As Joe said, "That's what sets this nation apart, is that everyone [has] the ability to go as far and dream as big as hard work and their God-given ability will take them."
Trump's vision of America is one of voter suppression, white supremacy, xenophobia. There are candidates running for Congress who not only support this, but also condone alt-right conspiracy theories that are laced with bigotry and antisemitism.
There are at least 19 Congressional candidates with links to the conspiracy group QAnon. According to the ADL, "QAnon theory is scattershot and sprawling and includes antisemitic and anti-government elements; its adherents actively sow distrust in democratic institutions."
The FBI has deemed this group a domestic terrorist threat. Yet thanks to Trump, who also engages in wild conspiracy theories, this dangerous group is now part of America's mainstream conservative movement. The president has even retweeted QAnon supporters. His son Eric Trump posted a QAnon meme on Instagram.
While Joe and Kamala discussed rooting out systemic racism in our justice system, passing a new voting rights act, and developing a comprehensive, science based plan to deal with the pandemic, Trump praised QAnon supporter and congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Greene won a primary runoff in Georgia on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Trump phoned her and called Greene, who has made videos where she expressed racist, Islamophobic and antisemitic views, a "future Republican Star."
"This election is about more than politics. It's about who we are as a country," Joe said. "The question is for all Americans to answer, who are we as a nation? What do we stand for? And most importantly, what do we want to be?"
Our country is not Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene. We glimpsed our future stars on Wednesday. They are who we want to be.