Biden stresses unity, democratic values in Shanksville

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President Joe Biden spoke on restoring national unity and preserving democracy during his visit to the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, volunteer fire station Saturday, referencing his Republican presidential predecessors on the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks.

Biden praised former President George W. Bush’s speech at the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, according to pool reports, adding: “A number of serious Republicans, in the past and a few who are still around, call me and tell me, what can I do to help? Because they get it, too.”

In his earlier address, Bush had contrasted increasing divisions across the country today with the spirit shown after the 9/11 attacks, saying: “So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment. On America’s day of trial and grief, I saw millions of people instinctively grab their neighbor’s hand and rally to the cause of one another.”

Biden mentioned that he took photos with boys who were wearing Trump hats at the firehouse.

“Are we going to, in the next four, five, six, ten years, demonstrate that democracies can work, or not?” he said, before voicing disappointment at the tenor of

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