President-elect Joe Biden declared 2020 election victory on Saturday, calling on Americans to reconcile after a highly competitive election campaign and despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit to vowing an orderly transfer of power.
“People, the people of this nation spoke. They gave us a clear victory,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, given at a car conference against the coronavirus by supporters wearing masks. “I am humbled by the trust you have placed in me. I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite.”
In his remarks, the former vice president targeted the tumult of the past four years under Trump, but reached out a hand to the president’s supporters, saying he understood their disappointment.
“But now we’re giving each other a chance. It’s time to get rid of the harsh rhetoric. To bring the temperature down,” he said. “To make progress we must stop treating our adversaries as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”
Biden promised to appoint a select team of scientists and experts on Monday to work out a plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The experts would start as soon as possible, guided by science, not politics.
“This plan will be built on a foundation of science. It will be built of compassion, empathy and concern,” he said.
He was greeted on stage by cheering fans saying “We love you, Joe!” Sang. when they honked their horns in support. A massive American flag hung in the sky in the parking lot as participants danced and waved signs of support before Biden appeared.
Biden, 77, was joined by elected Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, the first black and Indian-American woman to serve in this role. They greeted each other on stage with masks and did not shake hands. They recognized the threat of a pandemic that they had pledged to fight.
“Protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice, but it’s joy. We, the people, have the power to build a better future,” said Harris, dressed in a white pantsuit, a favorite color of the suffragettes who support democracy fought women’s suffrage.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last because every little girl who watches tonight sees that this is a land of opportunity,” she said, jotting down the story of her choice.
TV stations and the Associated Press called the 2020 presidential race for Biden after days of the election count on Saturday, which has been slowed by voter turnout and an unprecedented number of postal ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has dismissed the results, immediately claiming victory, and vowing to go to court, citing unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.
“Starting Monday, our campaign will begin to pursue our case in court to ensure that electoral laws are fully respected and that the rightful winner is seated. The American people are entitled to an honest vote: this means that all ballots are legal, not illegal Ballot papers are counted. ” This is the only way to ensure that the public has full confidence in our election, “said the president in a statement released immediately after the race.
Biden’s address to the nation culminated in a long journey for the former vice president, who had previously run twice for the White House but never made it past the early primaries in 1987 and 2008. He considered running for President Barack Obama’s vice-president eight years later, but the death of his son Beau Biden and the growing together of the Democrats around Hillary Clinton caused him to suspend that election.
Biden’s victory brought many Americans to the city streets, dancing and marching to celebrate the end of Trump’s presidency. A crowd even greeted Trump when he returned to the White House from his Northern Virginia golf club shouting and waving signs.
When Biden was declared victorious in Pennsylvania, he passed the 270 electoral college vote required to win the presidency. He could get 306 votes if he wins in every state where he currently leads, a slightly bigger lead than Trump in 2016 when he got 304 electoral votes. While ballot papers continued to be counted, Biden and Harris had received nearly 75 million votes, more than any ticket in US history and about 4 million more than Trump.
Biden will officially assume the presidency on the day of inauguration, January 20th.