President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden wish the country a Happy Thanksgiving. They urge Americans to stay home and not travel as a “gift to fellow Americans.”
In the video Biden posted to Twitter, the couple discusses how their own travel plans have changed. The Bidens said they are holding a more intimate gathering this year.
“Thanksgiving has always been a special time for the Biden Family,” Joe Biden said. “For us, we had a long long tradition of traveling to Nantucket with our big family, a large family, every Thanksgiving. But we won’t be doing that this year. This year, we’re going to be staying in Delaware with just a small group around our dinner table.”
Biden urged his fellow Americans to follow in his example by having a smaller, socially distanced holiday. He claimed that it is a gift Americans share with each other.
“I know this isn’t the way many of us hoped we’d spend our holiday,” Biden continued. “We know a small act of staying home is a gift to our fellow Americans. Yes, it’s a personal sacrifice that each of our families can make and should make to save somebody else’s life. But it’s also a shared sacrifice for the whole country. A statement about common purpose that says we care about one another. And we’re all in this together.”
Some Criticize Joe Biden for Post Election Celebrations
While the president-elect encouraged smaller holiday gatherings, he was silent in the days following the election. Several people criticized Biden for failing to discourage post-election victory celebrations. After media outlets declared Biden the winner, supporters took to the streets in masses.
“The hypocrisy is unreal. If you don’t agree with me, fine,” Wallen wrote. “We can still be friends. But I have a family, band, and crew that need to be provided for and taken care of. If it’s okay for us to party in the streets with no ‘social distancing’ then we can book shows right now.”
Likewise, Biden hasn’t addressed Black Friday specifically, a popular time for shoppers to gather in droves for discounted items for the holidays.