Former U.S Vice president Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has defeated Donald Trump to become the 46th U.S. president, with a pledge to unify and mend a nation reeling from the worst public health crisis in 100 years, the deepest economic slump since the 1930s, and deep political divisions.
Joe Biden’s victory came after the Associated Press, CNN and NBC showed him winning one of the four final battleground states, Pennsylvania, and gaining more than the 270 Electoral College votes required to secure the presidency.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in a statement. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”
Born on November 20, 1942, Biden, who turns 78 later this month, will become the oldest president in U.S history when he is inaugurated on January 20 as the next president of the United States.
Facing a deeply polarized country, Joe Biden had tried to project comity and patience, and his desire to unite America.
“There will not be blue states and red states when we win. Just the United States of America,” Biden said Wednesday afternoon before winning the election. “We are not enemies. What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than anything that can tear us apart.”
Joe Biden’s running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, 56, will be the first Black and Indian-American woman to serve as vice president, a glimpse at a coming generational shift in the party.
“This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me,” Kamala Harris tweeted. “It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started,” she said.
Meanwhile, the incumbent President Donald Trump of Republican Party has claimed the election was being stolen from him as many mail-in ballots. “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”, Trump tweeted. There is currently no evidence to support his claim.
Trump also issued a statement stating that the election is “far from over.” He was at Trump National Golf Club Washington, D.C, in Sterling, Virginia, when the networks called the race for Biden.
The full statement reads as follows:
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.
“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”
– President Donald J. Trump
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