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Biden calls for the nation to 'unite, heal and rebuild in 2021'

Biden calls for the nation to 'unite, heal and rebuild in 2021'
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE shared a New Year's Eve message on Twitter on Thursday calling for the nation to "unite, heal and rebuild in 2021."

"The challenges we face as a nation will not disappear overnight, but as we look forward to the start of a new year, I’m filled with fresh hope about the possibilities of better days to come," he wrote.

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Biden's post comes as the U.S. seeks to turn the page on a particularly tough year when millions of Americans have experienced hardship. During 2020, the nation grappled with the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 19 million people and killed more than 344,000 according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

The various shutdowns that occurred in an effort to mitigate the coronavirus also led to thousands of businesses, small and large, to shutter. Nearly 10.7 million people across the country lost their jobs as a result. 

In addition, America in 2020 saw months of social unrest as nationwide protests erupted over the deaths of Black Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. 

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The president-elect's message of unity has been consistent throughout most of 2020. During the Democratic primary earlier this year, the former vice president touted his relationships he made across the aisle during his time in the White House and as a member of the U.S. Senate.

He maintained that he could make deals to get things done for the American people and serve as a uniting force in a country that appears to be politically divided. 

Shortly after his win in this year's presidential election, Biden immediately called for Americans to come together.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said in November. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”

Several lawmakers, including Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedCORRECTED: Overnight Defense: COVID-19 stymies effort to study sexual assault at military academies | Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi report Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video Senate Armed Services chair expects 'some extension' of troops in Afghanistan MORE (D-R.I.) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesIndigenous groups post billboards urging senators to confirm Deb Haaland Kennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help MORE (R-Mont.) and Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersLawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds MORE (D-Calif.), Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesGreene's future on House committees in limbo after GOP meeting McConnell says Taylor Greene's embrace of conspiracy theories a 'cancer' GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem MORE (R-Ga.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (R-Calif.), also took to Twitter on Thursday to share messages of hope and encouragement in preparation for 2021.

"It’s the last day of 2020. Hope you and yours stay healthy, warm, and safe. Cheers to brighter days ahead and more time together in 2021," Reed wrote.