Joe Biden urges nation to ‘forgo family traditions’ on Thanksgiving

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Biden sought to deliver an antidote to President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, unveiling a new plan that shows how he would fight the spread of the virus and urging the administration to use it. Photographer: Ryan Collerd/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden has called on his fellow Americans not to gather with extended families for Thanksgiving, arguing that it was “patriotic duty” to stop the spreading of COVID – 19.

President-elect Biden said that he and his family were setting an example by not celebrating the holiday as a large group. He said this during a speech in Wilmington, Del.

This year we are asking Americans to forgo so many of the traditions that we’ve long made this holiday,” Biden said.

This year, because we care so much for each other, we’re going to be having a separate Thanksgiving for Jill and I, who will be at our home in Delaware with our daughter and our son-in-law. The rest of the family will be doing the same thing in small groups,” Biden said.

I know how hard it is to forgo family traditions. But it is so very important. Our country’s in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases. We are now averaging 160,000 new cases a day.

Biden also said that the stakes are high if people ignore the health guidance

Many local health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed. That’s the plain and simple truth. … I believe you always deserve to hear the truth, hear the truth from your president,” Biden said.

We have to try to slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and nurses and other front-line workers — care workers who risked their lives, some lost their lives, put so much on the line in the heroic battle against this virus … We owe that to our fellow citizens who need access to hospital beds and care. We owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans. It means wearing a mask, keeping social distance, limiting the size of any group we’re in until we have a vaccine. These are the most effective tools to combat the virus.

Biden’s approach to the virus was completely different than Trump. While Trump was having huge rallies and gatherings, Biden relegated supporters to socially distant vehicles for “drive-in” rallies and put reporters in spaced-out bubbles during rare press conferences.