ADL Congratulates President-Elect Joseph R. Biden

New York, NY, November 7, 2020 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory. ADL called on both Democrats and Republicans to ensure a peaceful transfer of power once the election results have been validated.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

We congratulate President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his milestone election victory. We also congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman and first woman of color to hold the office.

This has been an 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. And yet, despite the challenges, Americans turned out in historic numbers. The unprecedented level of civic participation is a powerful testament to the enduring strength of our democracy and the right of every American to have a voice and a vote.

We are deeply appreciative of the election workers who labored tirelessly day and night to ensure that the votes are collected and counted accurately. It is vitally important that every vote must be counted – and recounted as necessary – to properly validate the results. And yet this is no time for baseless recriminations or false claims that the election was “stolen” or that the vote was somehow not valid. We hope that all parties will allow the process to run its course – and that the 46th president of the United States will be sworn into office in January 2021.

There has been an enormous amount of pain on all sides over these past four years. We hope that all Americans – liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, affiliated and unaffiliated – can unite after this bitter season and find common ground in working together to solve the myriad challenges that face our nation and the world. America is stronger when we unite and now is the time to find a path forward, together. 

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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