Combined photo of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump speaking about the first results of the 2020 US presidential election, in the United States on November 4, 2020.
Joe Biden and President Donald Trump delivered very different Christmas messages on Friday, with the president-elect highlighting in a video the pain that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused and reminding Americans of “our common humanity”, when Trump made only the slightest reference to the coronavirus.
“Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, health and happiness this season. But we know that for many of you in our country this has been a very difficult year, ”Biden said in a video message with his wife. “And we remember in this season of hope our common humanity and what we are called to do for each other.”
“Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to find work, literally put food on the table, pay their rent or their mortgage, reminded us that we are on this earth to take care of each other, to give what we can and be a source of help and hope to friends and strangers, ”Biden added.
He also stressed that he and Jill Biden would not be seeing extended family this year, to honor public health guidelines made necessary by the pandemic.
“For the Bidens, we usually have 20 to 25 people for Christmas dinner, but not this year,” the president-elect said. “We will miss our family, but this is what we need to do to keep our families safe. We hope you will also consider limiting travel to the size of family reunions this year.”
Nearly 330,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 and there are more than 18.7 million confirmed cases of the virus in the United States
Trump, meanwhile, released an official White House statement that did not specifically mention the pandemic.
His only recognition was that “our gatherings may be different from those of years past.”
Instead, he sent “his warmest wishes” from himself and First Lady Melania Trump “to all Americans as we celebrate Christmas.”
“Although our gatherings may seem different from those of years past, this Christmas, like every Christmas, is an opportunity for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to show our deep gratitude for the abundant blessings that God granted to our lives. and the country, ”the Trump’s message said. “In this season of peace, we cherish the warmth, generosity and faith that brings our holiday gatherings to life. The love we share with our family and friends fills our hearts with joy, just as the story of Christ’s birth inspires people everywhere. “
Trump also thanked military families, first responders, law enforcement officers and frontline medical professionals who “work tirelessly to serve and protect our communities.”
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.