US President-elect Joe Biden, who won the referendum and also flipped five states, is not only a huge win for America, but also a “clear rejection” of the xenophobia of incumbent President Donald Trump, according to an influential Indian-American congressman .
Ro Khanna, 44, who was elected for the third year in a row this month to represent California’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Silicon Valley, in the US House of Representatives, exuded confidence in the government of the president-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be a huge success.
“It’s a great victory for America and the Democrats,” Khanna told PTI in an interview.
Flipping five states against the incumbent president is an achievement, he said, adding that Biden received more votes than former President Barack Obama in 2008.
Biden has received 78.6 million votes against Republican Trump’s 73.1 million. Obama had 69 million votes in 2008.
According to the latest electoral college vote count from all 50 states, Biden has 306 of the 538 electoral college votes, well above the 270 half-time mark.
Trump, who has 232 votes for the electoral college, has questioned election results in various states such as Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona. He had requested a recount in Wisconsin.
Biden flipped five states including Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
“It (election results) was a clear rejection of Trump’s xenophobia against the vision of a multicultural, multiethnic America and policies in support of working class and middle-class Americans,” said Khanna.
As JD (Juris Doctor) from the prestigious Yale University, Khanna won the November 3rd election by defeating another Indian-American Ritesh Tandon by a massive 42 percent lead.
Khanna, vice-chair of the Progressive Congress Caucus, was national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.
The Biden Harris administration was going to be “a great success,” he replied to a question.
“The first thing you need to do is get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and make sure we are distributing the vaccine efficiently and fairly,” he said.
“Then we need a bold stimulus plan that will bring relief to Americans and help create economic opportunities for small businesses or entrepreneurs,” he said, adding that the Democratic majority House of Representatives play a huge role in working with the US Biden Harris government will fight the pandemic to boost the economy hit by the disease.
Mr Khanna said it was necessary for the new government to rebuild the alliance and re-accede to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The US must fight global poverty and show that it is once again world leader and that it is taking care of it as part of the international community.
“And part of that is to keep building a very close relationship with India, which is an important ally as a democracy is an important partner on economic issues, an important source of so much talent in this country. I will continue to be his.” a strong proponent of US-India relations, “said Khanna.
Another important issue for the new administration will be the sense of police accountability and racial justice, which made up a large part of the campaign and resulted in a large turnout. Infrastructure spending and ensuring that high-speed broadband is available in all parts of the country are other important issues.
When asked about Trump, who refused to allow the election, Khanna replied that it was a sad situation and that the president is having a hard time grappling with the reality.
“At the end of the day the elections will be confirmed and the House and Senate will vote to confirm Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (as the next presidents and vice presidents). They will take office,” he said.
But Trump, by taking such steps, “makes it harder for the country to come together” and he is increasingly polarizing, which is sad and contrary to the American way of sportsmanship and concession after defeat. “But it’s no surprise,” said Khanna.
“Our job is to figure out how to unite this country,” said the congressman, who is currently writing a new book, “Dignity in the Digital Age,” the title of which will be written by Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen. The book is expected to hit the market in mid-2021.
Describing Ms. Harris, 56, as a trailblazer, Khanna hoped the vice-president-elect, who he has known since her tenure as district attorney, would bring some of California’s clean energy and renewable energy values, need for Medicare for All, universal health care, Need to give student loans and free public college.
Khanna, who has received constituents’ best service throughout Congress, is one of the few lawmakers to run a regular town hall.
“I’m really proud of the work we have in the community. I’ve tried to be very accessible to the electorate. We have a monthly town hall that people appreciate,” he said. Its congressional district is one of the most diverse in the country, including a sizable Indo-American population.