President-elect Joe Biden said in his first speech that it was “time to heal America” after gaining a “convincing” victory in a bitter election despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit defeat in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania. “The Americans have asked us to join the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To join the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time,” said Biden at a victory rally in Delware.
Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania took him well past the electoral college’s threshold of 270 votes. The former vice president became the oldest president in US history when he was 78.
Trump has accused Biden of “rushing to falsely impersonate a winner”. “This election is far from over,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, congratulations came from abroad, including Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who made it difficult for Trump to enforce his repeated claims without evidence that the election had been rigged against him.
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Now the real work begins.
To beat this pandemic.
To rebuild our economy.
Eradicate systemic racism in our justice system and in our society.
Fight the climate crisis.
Heal the soul of our nation.
The road ahead will not be easy. But America is ready. And so it is @Joe Biden and me.
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 8, 2020
World leaders congratulate Joe Biden on historic victory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his congratulatory tweet to the US President-elect that he was looking forward to working closely with Mr Biden.
Congratulations @Joe Biden to your spectacular victory! As Vice President, your contribution to strengthening India-US relations has been vital and invaluable. I look forward to working closely again to deepen India-US relations. pic.twitter.com/yAOCEcs9bN
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020
Trump, who has repeatedly alleged electoral fraud without producing evidence, immediately accused Biden of “rushing to falsely claim to be the winner”.
The former vice president won the Electoral College in Pennsylvania’s 20 votes on the battlefield state and received more than the 270 votes he needed to triumph. All major TV channels declared him the winner after four days of suspense after the election on Tuesday.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have shown in me and in Vice-President-Elect (Kamala) Harris. Faced with unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans have voted,” Biden said on Twitter. “When the campaign is over, it will be time to leave the anger and harsh rhetoric behind and come together as a nation. It is time for America to unite. And heal.”
U.S. Democrat Joe Biden took over the U.S. presidency on Saturday as voters narrowly rejected the tumultuous leadership of Republican incumbent Donald Trump and accepted Biden’s pledge to fight the coronavirus pandemic and repair the economy in a divided nation.