WASHINGTON, DC — Tonight, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Muslim Advocates’ Muslims Making Change: National Honors ceremony. In his speech, Biden acknowledged the ongoing hate experienced by the American Muslim community and pledged to push back on it. He also reiterated his pledge to end the Muslim Ban on day one if elected and said that he would staff his administration with Muslims at every level.
Click here for a transcript of Vice President Biden’s remarks
Click here to watch the full Muslims Making Change: National Honors broadcast
“As president I’ll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society, to honor your contributions and seek your ideas. My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level,” said Biden. “On day one I’ll end Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban. I’ll push Congress to pass hate crimes legislation. I’ll implement the national strategy I’ve laid out since March to beat COVID. I’ll end the deadly inequities in healthcare, education, and opportunity that this crisis has amplified. And together we’ll rebuild the criminal justice system focused on redemption, not retribution.”
“Muslims have been a part of America since the first slave ships landed on its shores. Joe Biden’s address at our Muslims Making Change: National Honors ceremony is yet another acknowledgement that American Muslims are a community that cannot be ignored,” said Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera. “Just as we showed up at airports to protest the Muslim Ban, we are also showing up at polling places, helping our neighbors during the pandemic, running for office and working to make a difference across the nation.