Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some major tea and it involves the 2020 United States presidential election.
Joesph Robinette Biden beat Donald John Trump to be the 46th president of the United States on Saturday in a repudiation of Trump powered by legions of women and minority voters who rejected his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his divisive, bullying conduct in office.
The victory comes after the culmination of four years of struggle for Democrats, came after a hotly contested election in which it took four days for a winner to be declared after the former vice president was projected to win a series of battleground states, the latest of which was the state where he was born, Pennsylvania.
Voters of different races, especially Black voters also made history in electing as vice president Kamala Devi Harris, 56, a senator from California. A daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants who will become the country’s first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to hold the No. 2 job.
In a speech to flag waving supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington Delaware, Biden made no mention of Trump’s intransigence, instead offering an olive branch to the president’s supporters and imploring all Americans to “put away the harsh rhetoric” and end “this grim era of demonization.”
Before introducing Biden, Harris acknowledged the history making reality of her election, saying she stood on the shoulders of trailblazing women and would do her best to join their ranks.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris, wearing all white, said to raucous applause. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
News of Biden’s victory and Trump’s defeat sent thousands of people into the streets for celebrations in cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York and Washington. The events mirrored some of the mass demonstrations that have taken place across America in the past four years, as diverse groups have protested gun violence, sexual assault, systemic racism, police brutality and Trump’s presidency.
But the joyous outbursts came against a dark backdrop: a bitter and closer than expected election that revealed the nation’s deep fissures, and the attempts by an incumbent president to defy its results.
Trump on Saturday continued to make baseless claims that the election was rigged, assertions that have been echoed by his loyal supporters.
“I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES,” Trump tweeted and claimed on Saturday afternoon, despite the reality that he was losing the popular vote for a second time and at risk of facing a 306-to-232 electoral college drubbing.
In a statement shortly after the race was called, Trump defiantly claimed that “this race is far from over” and pledged to challenge the result in the courts until “the rightful winner is seated.”
Biden won three swing states that Trump had claimed in 2016. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania putting up the “blue wall” that had protected previous Democratic nominees. He was projected the winner in Nevada on Saturday, completing his successful defense of all states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. He also was leading in the formerly Republican terrain of Arizona and Georgia as he boosted Democratic votes across the Sun Belt. By early Saturday, Biden had amassed a record 74.6 million votes, beating Trump by more than 4 million, a margin that was expected to increase once all ballots were certified.