Democrat Joe Biden announced early Sunday morning (Saturday evening local time) victory in the US presidential race after a bitter campaign, and pledged to work to unite a country that is deeply polarized.
Biden won the 20th electoral college for the state of Pennsylvania, bringing the number of votes he collected to more than the 270 needed to win, after four days of intense excitement, to set off his supporters in loud celebrations in major cities.
“Dear friends, the people of this nation have said their word. He gave us an outright victory, a firm victory,” Biden, 78, said in his victory declaration speech, addressing his supporters, who swarmed their cars in open-air parking garages in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
“The time has come to heal in America … I pledge to be a president who does not seek division but unification,” he added, in contradiction to Trump’s policy over the past four years.
Admitting that Trump supporters were disappointed with his victory, Biden said, “These are not our enemies. They are Americans.”
“Let us begin here today the end of this age of demonization in America,” he added.
He continued, “I sought this position to restore Americas spirit, rebuild the backbone of this nation, which is the middle class, and to make America respected in the world again.”
Former Representative Barack Obama, the first black American president, gave a special greeting to African Americans, highlighting their role in winning the Democratic nomination card to the presidential elections.
On the other hand, Biden announced that, as of Monday, he will form a crisis cell for the emerging corona virus, which includes scientists and experts, to face the most prominent challenge that his administration will find itself in front of him from the first day of his term.
On Monday, he said, “I will form a cell that includes scholars and experts” to work on “a plan that will be implemented from January 20, 2021.”
Biden had drawn up a plan to prepare a national strategy to “move forward” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, by enacting a major law in Congress to finance a national testing campaign “whose results would be immediately available”, manufacturing medical products and equipment in the United States and making the wearing of masks compulsory in Federal buildings and interstate transportation, and the provision of a free vaccine “for everyone” in the future.
A few days ago, the United States was recording an upsurge in the numbers of new HIV infections. The daily epidemiological outcome, Friday, reached more than 127,000 new infections.
Biden, who accuses Trump of undermining the authority of the country’s health experts, promised during the election campaign to take advice from chief physician Anthony Fauci, who is highly respected in the White House coronavirus crisis cell.
He also promised to annul Trump’s decision last July to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization.
Biden appeared energetic in his speech, as he jogged to the podium to take the microphone from his deputy, Kamala Harris, who preceded him to speak, describing his election as the dawn of a new dawn for America.
A new dawn
“At a time when our democracy itself was at stake in these elections, and the spirit of America was at stake before the eyes of the whole world, you inaugurated a new day for America,” Harris said.
Harris (56 years) is the first woman to be elected vice president of the United States, and she confirmed in her speech Saturday that she “will not be the last” to occupy this position, extending her greetings to the “generations of women” who “paved the way” for her.
To applause from supporters, who also set their horns, the California senator said, “I might be the first woman in this position, but I won’t be the last.”
“Because every little girl watching tonight sees that things are possible in this country,” she added, pledging to work for “the eradication of systemic racism.”
But, like Biden, the vice president-elect made a call for reunification and unity, saying that Americans “have elected a president who represents the best of us.”
Harris’ ascension to the podium in itself was a strong sign of the prominent role Biden entrusted to her, as the presidential winners often prefer that the victory speech be a special occasion in which only them shed the spotlight, while Biden chose to share the podium with his deputy.
In her speech, Harris paid tribute to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who immigrated from India when she was 19 and died in 2009.
“Maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment,” she said, “but she strongly believed in America, where it is possible to live a similar moment. So, I think about it and about the generations of women – black, Asian, white, Latina and Native American women throughout the history of our nation, who paved the way for this moment tonight.” .
Trump plays golf
Trump, who was playing golf when the media announced his opponent’s victory, was quick to accuse Biden of “rushing to declare his victory falsely.”
“The elections have not been decided yet,” he added.
Trump has filed a number of lawsuits to challenge the results, but state election officials around the country say there is no evidence of major wrongdoing, and legal experts say Trump’s efforts are unlikely to succeed.
A number of world leaders were quick to congratulate Biden, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, making it even more difficult for Trump to continue the allegation of election fraud.
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