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Biden calls for ending 'this uncivil war' in inaugural address

"We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again," Biden said.

Updated: January 20, 2021 - 6:51pm

In his inaugural address Wednesday, President Joe Biden called for an end to this "uncivil war" and asked his political opponents not to let disagreement "lead to disunion."

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal, we can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts," Biden said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building.

"There's no accounting for what fate will deal you," he continued. "Some days when you need a hand there are other days when we're called to lend a hand."

Biden had a message for those who voted for outgoing President Trump.

"To all those who did not support us, let me say this, hear me out as we move forward, take a measure of me and my heart," he urged in his address. "If you still disagree, so be it, that's democracy, that's America, the right to dissent peacefully. Here me clearly: Disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge the to you, I will be a president for all Americans. And I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did."

Biden said a "violent mob" tried to silence the will of the people on Jan. 6, when rioters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers certified states' Electoral College votes making him the country's 46th president.

"It did not happen. It will not ever happen," Biden said about the effort to block the certification. "Not today, not tomorrow, not ever."

Biden vowed to defeat domestic terrorism after the violent protest.

"With unity, we can do great things," he said. "We can right wrongs."

The former vice president called for both sides of the aisle to listen to one another.

"We have never ever failed in America when we've acted together," he said.

Biden said the U.S. must set aside differences and face the pandemic united.

"We will get through this together," he said.

Biden delivered a message to the international community "beyond our borders.""We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday's challenges but today's and tomorrow's challenges," he said.

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