President-elect Joe Biden said in his first speech that it was “time to heal America” after he won a bitter election on Saturday despite President Donald Trump refusing to admit Biden’s victory in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania and over him the 270 threshold brought the votes of the electoral college he needed to win the presidency ended four days of suspense and sent his supporters to the streets of the big cities in celebration.
“The people of this nation have spoken. They have given us a clear victory, a convincing victory,” Biden told cheering supporters in a parking lot during his victory speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
“I promise to be a president who wants to unite and not divide,” he said, then turned directly to Trump’s supporters.
“Now we’re giving each other a chance. It’s time to get rid of the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again,” he said
“This is the time for America to heal.” He was introduced by his colleague, Senator Kamala Harris, who will become the first woman, first black American, and first American of Asian descent to serve as vice president of the country’s second largest office.
“What proof of Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the greatest barriers in our country and select a woman to be his vice president,” said Harris.
Congratulations from overseas including Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for making it difficult for Trump to push through his repeated claims without evidence that the election had been rigged against him.
Trump, who played golf when major TV networks predicted his rival had won, immediately accused Biden of “falsely posing as the winner”. “This election is far from over,” he said in a statement.
Trump has filed a number of lawsuits to question the results, but election officials in states across the country say there has been no evidence of significant fraud, and legal experts say Trump’s efforts are unlikely to succeed.
When the news of his victory broke out, cheers broke out in the halls of the hotel, where the aides of the former Vice President were staying. Cheers and applause could also be heard in Washington as people came onto balconies, honked car horns and hammered pots.
The noise wave in the nation’s capital increased as more people learned of the news.
Music began to play, “We are the Champions” boomed. In Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, some people cried out for joy as the news spread.
Several residents danced and cheered on a building’s fire escape while others cheered “Yes!” Screamed. when they passed. Trump’s supporters responded with a mixture of disappointment, suspicion and resignation, stressing the difficult task Biden faces of attracting many rural Americans who believe Trump would be the first president to rule with their interests in their hearts.
“It’s disgusting and sad,” said Kayla Doyle, a 35-year-old Trump supporter and manager of the GridIron pub on Main Street in the small town of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.
“I think it’s rigged.” Angry pro-Trump Stop the Steal protesters gathered in Capitol buildings in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Protesters in Phoenix sang “We want audits!” One speaker told the crowd, “We’re going to win in court!” There was no sign of violence or turmoil that many feared, and the pro-Trump protests largely subsided as the results plummeted.
Prior to the election, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in case he lost and falsely declared victory long before the census was complete.
Past and current political leaders also weighed in, including congratulations from former Democratic President Barack Obama and US Republican Senator Mitt Romney.
Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham called on the Justice Department to investigate allegations of voting irregularities.
The networks’ statement on Biden came amid concern within Trump’s team about future strategy and pressure on him to select a professional legal team to explain where they believe electoral fraud occurred and provide evidence.
Trump’s allies made it clear that the president has no plans to concede anytime soon. A Trump loyalist said Trump was simply not ready to admit defeat, even though a recount would not give enough ballots to change the outcome.
“There is a mathematical certainty that he will lose,” said the loyalist.
Biden’s victory ends Trump’s chaotic four-year presidency, in which he downplayed a deadly pandemic, imposed tough immigration policies, started a trade war with China, tore up international agreements and deeply divided many American families with his inflammatory rhetoric, lies and willingness to give up democratic norms .
On Saturday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien urged supporters to be ready to participate in protests or rallies where the campaign is taking place “across the country”, according to a person familiar with the situation.
DIFFICULT TASK AHEAD
It was fitting for Biden’s followers that Pennsylvania secured its victory.
Born in the industrial city of Scranton in the state’s northeast, he secured himself with a promise to win back the working class voters who supported Trump in 2016.
He started his campaign in Pittsburgh last year and concluded it with a rally there on Tuesday.
It’s been a close race in developed countries like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, but Biden did enough to prevail.
He faced unprecedented challenges.
This included Republican-led efforts to limit the mail-in voting at a time when a record number of people should vote in the mail due to the pandemic that killed more than 236,000 people in the U.S. When Biden entered the White House on January 20, the oldest person to take office at the age of 78, he will likely face a difficult task governing deeply polarized Washington, underscored by a record voter turnout nationwide.
Both sides identified the 2020 election as one of the most important in US history, as important as the votes received during the Civil War in the 1860s and the Great Depression in the 1930s. Biden’s victory was fueled by strong support from groups such as women, African American, and white voters with college degrees and townspeople.
He beat Trump with more than four million votes in the statewide vote. Biden, who spent half a century in public life as a U.S. Senator and then Vice President under Trump’s predecessor Obama, will inherit a nation in turmoil over the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic slowdown, as well as protests against racism and police brutality.
Biden said his first priority will be developing a pandemic containment and recovery plan that promises to improve access to testing and, unlike Trump, heeded the advice of senior public health officials and scientists.
In addition to containing the health crisis, Biden faces a major challenge in resolving the economic hardships caused by the pandemic.
About 10 million Americans who became unemployed during the coronavirus lockdown remain idle and federal aid programs have expired.
The US economy is still technically in recession and the prospects of returning to work for millions are poor, especially in service industries like hospitality and entertainment, where job loss is particularly hard on women and minorities.
Biden has also pledged to restore a sense of normalcy to the White House after a presidency in which Trump praised authoritarian foreign leaders, despised long-standing global alliances, opposed white supremacists, and challenged the legitimacy of the U.S. electoral system.
Despite his victory, Biden will not have managed to deliver Trump the blanket rejection the Democrats had hoped for, reflecting the deep support the president still retains. This could make Biden’s campaign promise to reverse important parts of Trump’s legacy difficult.
These include sweeping Trump tax cuts that particularly benefited corporations and affluent, persistent immigration policies, efforts to dismantle the 2010 Obamacare health bill, and Trump’s move away from international agreements like the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iranian Nuclear Deal. Should the Republicans keep control of the U.S. Senate, they would likely block large parts of its legislative agenda, including expanding healthcare and combating climate change.
That prospect could depend on the outcome of four indecisive Senate races, including two in Georgia, which won’t be cleared until January. For Trump, 74, it was a troubling ending after an astounding political rise.
The real estate developer who established a nationwide brand as a reality TV personality angered Democrat Hillary Clinton and won the presidency in his first campaign in 2016.
Four years later, he is the first US president to lose a re-election offer since Republican George H. W. Bush in 1992. Despite his draconian immigration restrictions, Trump made surprising strides among Latino voters
He also won battlefield states like Florida, where his promise to prioritize the economy even if it increased the coronavirus threat seemed to have resonated.
In the end, however, Trump failed to expand his appeal beyond a dedicated core of white rural and working class voters who advocated right-wing populism and “America First” nationalism.
Duane Fitzhugh, a 52-year-old teacher who celebrated Biden’s victory outside the Trump Hotel in Washington, said it was like lifting an evil enchantment. “It’s like a pall fell over the land four years ago and we’ve waited years for it to end,” he said.