Jewish Organizations Praise Democratic Process in Election of Biden and Harris

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the unprecedented voter turnout ‘a powerful testament to the enduring strength of our democracy and the right of every American to have a voice and a vote’

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Balloons with the faces of Biden and Harris.
A woman holds balloons with the faces of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as she celebrates near the site of a planned election victory celebration in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020.Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

NEW YORK – Jewish organizations praised the democratic process on Saturday following the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, after their victory in Tuesday’s election was projected by major news organizations in the United States.

In its remarks on the election of Biden – and Harris – the first female vice president in American history, the American Jewish Committee said record-high voter turnout was an “inspiring testament to the strength of American democracy”.

“Smooth post-election transitions of power are among the best of American traditions,” AJC wrote. "Reuniting the country, restoring lost faith in each other and in our common destiny, must be the first order of business for President Biden and his administration," AJC CEO David Harris said. 

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the 2020 election year “without precedent in American history, not only due to the challenges of the pandemic, but also because it took place in the shadow of record levels of antisemitism and rising hate, the mainstreaming of online conspiracy theories such as QAnon and attempts by domestic extremists to undermine the voting process.”

The unprecedented level of voter participation in these elections, Greenblatt said, is “a powerful testament to the enduring strength of our democracy and the right of every American to have a voice and a vote.”

Greenblatt also expressed appreciation for the election workers, whose counting of the votes has stretched over four days in many states. “This is no time for baseless recriminations or false claims that the election was ‘stolen’ or that the vote was somehow not valid,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump’s comments on Thursday evening. “There has been an enormous amount of pain on all sides over these past four years. America is stronger when we unite and now is the time to find a path forward, together.”

In a statement, the CEO of the left-of-center group Bend the Arc, Stosh Cotler, said voters had “changed the course of our country.”

“We’ll take our place in history as the people who rose up across religion, race and all aspects of our identities to preserve the dream that our country can be a place where freedom, safety and belonging are for all of us,” she said. “For four years, our community has risen up in solidarity to fight for the soul of our country. Now we begin the work of building a society that cares for the lives of all 330 million souls in this country.” 

For its part, the liberal pro-Israel organization J Street tweeted, “Almost four years ago today, we pledged to make sure Donald Trump was a one-term president,” and added, “Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, the fight for the soul of the nation continues.” 

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