Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to restore the United States from “darkness” during his virtual nomination acceptance speech on Thursday night, Aug. 20, as President Donald Trump campaigned in Biden’s birthplace state of Pennsylvania to warn that the rival would be the “worst nightmare” if elected.

Delivering the acceptance speech in a largely empty arena in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said, “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.”

“Here and now, I give you my word: if you entrust me with the presidency, I’ll draw on the best of us, not the worst,” Biden said.

“For make no mistake. United we can, and will, overcome this season of darkness in America. We will choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege,” he continued.

Biden promised that he can lead the United States through the dark moments. He cited four historic crises the nation is facing, including the worst CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic in over 100 years, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the most compelling call for racial justice since the 60s, and the accelerating threats of climate change.

The former vice president claimed that President Trump has failed in his most basic duties to protect Americans, pledging, “As president, I’ll make you a promise: I’ll protect Americans. I will defend us from every attack–seen and unseen–always, without exception, every time.”

Biden also accused Trump of stoking anger and division in America, and vowed to bring the nation back into the “light.”

“I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency. I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” the Democratic presidential nominee said.

At the end of his speech, Biden said, “The end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation.”

In a reaction to Biden’s acceptance speech, Trump called the Democratic nominee’s agenda “just words.”

“In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!” the president tweeted while Biden was still speaking.

And hours before Biden accepted the nomination, Trump staged a rally just outside the Democratic presidential candidate’s birthplace in Scranton, Pennsylvania, The Associated Press reported.

“Joe Biden is no friend of Pennsylvania—he is your worst nightmare,” President Trump declared at the campaign event.

“He’ll remind us that he was born in Scranton, but you know he left like 70 years ago, right?” the president said, referring to Biden whose family moved to Delaware when he 10.

“If you want a vision of your life under a Joe Biden presidency, imagine the smoldering ruins of Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland and the bloodstained sidewalks of Chicago coming to every city and town in America,” Trump said at an outdoor rally which drew a few hundred supporters.