Political tensions between America's two main political parties seem to be easing off prior to Christmas, as two senators have been spotted playing holiday music together in a Senate hall, sending a message of unity to the American people.
The soon-retiring Republican senator of Tennesse Lamar Alexander joined by the Democratic senator from Virginia Tim Kaine celebrated the holiday season by playing a famous Christmas tune together, weeks after the two political parties fought one of the most fierce election battles in US history.
US Senators from both parties widely shared the uplifting video on Twitter, thanking Alexander for the gesture he started as he bid farewell to the senate he is leaving next month. Social media users also celebrated what they described as "the country's long-missed unity," which comes only a few days after electoral votes have ended strong controversies over election results, in addition to an unprecedented health emergency as the country reports the highest spike in COVID19 infections and deaths.
As we work to finish the pandemic relief package retiring Tennessee senator (and excellent musician) @LamarAlexander plays Christmas carols for Senators and staff in the Hart building atrium. (Including I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (we hope)). pic.twitter.com/NAWWfoIauO— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 16, 2020
During even the darkest of times, music has the power to bring us together and light up our days. This may not be the holiday season we're used to, but there is certainly still light to be found.— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) December 16, 2020
Thank you, @SenAlexander for spreading the holiday spirit when we need it most. pic.twitter.com/ke8Q4xyPFk
Hoping that the positive spirit in which the two senators have played music reflects on the American people's attitudes towards each other, many online people hoped politicians keep the interest of the country as their top priority, instead of that of their political parties.
This is the first small spark of hope coming out of Washington I've seen.— Cara Ellen Modisett (@CaraModisett) December 17, 2020
Music: ecumenical, nonpartisan, maybe part of the way forward out of this really really awful year.@timkaine @LamarAlexander https://t.co/lNxs3dq4KC
For over a month, the US has been living through a major political drift, following elections results that have ended President Donald Trump's hopes for a second term, a result he still didn't concede to, despite leading GOP politicians congratulating the president-elect Joe Biden for his win, this week.
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