After days of waiting for key states to count their votes, a Joe Biden victory has been declared
In case you missed it, Joe Biden has beaten Donald Trump in the vote to become the 46th president of the United States, denying a sitting president a second term for the first time since 1992. At least those days of doomscrolling and desperately trying to distract yourself with election memes were worth it in the end.
Projections from the Associated Press, as well as the BBC and Fox News, give the 77-year-old Democratic nominee the victory, having won the key battleground of Pennsylvania, as well as the state of Nevada. Accepting the result, Biden said: “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.”
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
Of course, the extent of the legal battle that now faces the Biden campaign remains to be seen, with Donald Trump announcing (see: throwing a tantrum) on Twitter: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”
Though it’s traditional for the losing candidate to concede, Trump has insisted on multiple occasions that he’ll contest the results. Already, he’s spread harmful misinformation about fraud that ignited the “stop the count” protests among his supporters.
I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
For now, though, thousands are coming together to take part in impromptu pro-Biden (or at least anti-Trump) celebrations. While Kamala Harris – making history as the first Black woman to serve as vice president – has tweeted her enthusiasm to “get started”, social media has been flooded with videos of whole apartment blocks bursting into cheers and applause, and streets filled with vehicles blaring their horns.
Watch a sample of the celebrations from Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and more cities across the US below (listen out for the “Fuck Trump”).
Lol fireworks outside in Washington, DC at 11:57 am on a Saturday— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 7, 2020
NEW YORK CITY
Never heard fireworks in the morning before.— Mona Holmes (@monaeatsLA) November 7, 2020
But now that Los Angeles knows that Joe Biden is now the 46th, I suspect this will be going on all day
Woke up to screams. Turns out it is just LA cheering. Thank goodness.— Jack Falahee (@RestingPlatypus) November 7, 2020