Following the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Minnesota Democrats rejoiced while predicting a time of healing and progress for America.
In a wave of congratulations after Biden’s inauguration, Democrats said the U.S. now has an opportunity to recover from political strife and division. Many look forward to the next four years, while others say that political differences will only get worse.
“The long national nightmare is over. Now we begin anew, with a renewed purpose to restore America, to build it back better, and rebuild trust with the American people,” DFL Chairman Ken Martin wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations President Biden, America stands with you.”
The long national nightmare is over. Now we begin anew, with a renewed purpose to restore America, to build it back better, and rebuild trust with the American people. Congratulations President Biden, America stands with you. @DemStateParties @TheDemocrats @MinnesotaDFL
— Ken Martin (@kenmartin73) January 20, 2021
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered the opening remarks at the inauguration and was the first to introduce Biden as president.
“This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust, and does what America always does, goes forward as a nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said Klobuchar.
We pledge today never to take our democracy for granted as we celebrate its remarkable strength.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar posted a video saying she is looking forward to working with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Today, we begin a new chapter in America.
President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris will build back a better world for all Americans.
I can’t wait to work with the Biden-Harris administration to implement meaningful change for the people. pic.twitter.com/wInsi1cgPe
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) January 20, 2021
“He will govern a country that has deep, unhealed wounds, and layers of unresolved traumas,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
Attorney General Keith Ellison congratulated “the people of the United States” because “competent, compassionate, moral people are now leading our country.”
“As harmful as the Trump presidency was, it provided us with opportunities to move forward now in brand new ways,” he said in a press release. “Unlike during the previous administration, Minnesotans now have partners in the White House who protect and support them.”
“The time to go back to normal has long passed. The time to build back better is now here,” Ellison added.
Gov. Tim Walz said he “can’t help but feel optimistic about the days ahead.”
As we turn the page on the last four years, I can't help but feel optimistic about the days ahead. Under the strong and compassionate leadership from President @JoeBiden and Vice President @KamalaHarris, I know we've got our best days in front of us. Let's move forward, together. pic.twitter.com/rrGbYFByRJ
— Tim Walz (@Tim_Walz) January 20, 2021
Some Republicans are not as optimistic about Biden’s term, saying the next four years will be filled with adversity rather than healing.
“The next four years will be about shaming, blaming and cancelling until diversity of thought is completely extinguished,” said Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.
The next four years will be about shaming, blaming and cancelling until diversity of thought is completely extinguished.
America is strong for our independent minds and views, our right to share and have thoughtful conversations. I will always fight for that. https://t.co/fQGdNgzD8M
— Jennifer Carnahan (@jkcarnah) January 20, 2021