Biden defeats Trump
By Keegan Godwin (TheLorian)
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Joseph Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the presidential election. This election featured the highest voter turnout in any election in our country’s history. More than 145 million citizens scrambled to their ballots to cast their votes between former Vice President Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump. Biden, after two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, was finally able to call his campaign a success after a grueling battle with the incumbent, Trump. Supporters took to the streets of New York City and Los Angeles, among other cities, to celebrate the victory.
While the world waited on the state of Nevada, an unexpected flip in the state of Pennsylvania for Biden gave him the much needed 20 electoral votes to push him past the 270 line. Shortly after, Nevada announced that Biden won their six electoral votes. With a large number of mail-in ballots in cities like Philidelphia and Pittsburgh, Biden was able to regain a state that Democrats lost in the 2016 election. President Trump urged as many supporters as possible to go to the polls and vote which is why Trump had early leads in many key states. Many mail-in ballots were in support of Biden which is why we saw many key states take extra time to count their ballots. We saw this pattern in many states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania where many cities and suburbs turned out to vote for Biden through the process of mail-in ballots. Biden was able to flip three key states that Trump won last election; Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. According to the New York Times, there are still three states that are still too close to call: Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina. Alaska has yet to be officially called, as only 50 percent of all ballots have been counted, but Trump has a sizeable lead and is the projected winner. Biden has a lead in Arizona while Trump leads in North Carolina, but Georgia is a toss-up. Georgia has reported 99 percent of all ballots and currently has Biden leading by .17 percent against Trump. Even if Trump manages to win all of the remaining states, Biden will have already secured the almighty 270. Trump is the first president since George Bush Sr. to lose re-election.
Americans waited a very tense four days and nights waiting for results. President Trump has already begun legal battles in a last attempt to win the election. Despite no real evidence of election fraud, Trump has made multiple claims of fraud and illegal ballots. He took to Twitter after the Biden was announced as the winner saying “THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!” Many election experts have publicly stated that there is no real evidence of election fraud and the possibility of mail-in ballots being fraudulent are ‘extremely unlikely.’ Despite the president’s legal battles and upcoming investigations, it is extremely unlikely that real evidence will be found.
Biden has wasted no time making his presidential goals public. In his victory speech, Biden focused on the nation as a whole as he only mentioned President Trump once during his entire speech. He spoke with a optimistic attitude towards the future despite the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said, “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now.” He spoke to both Biden and Trump supporters in his speech, a contrast to President Trump’s victory speech in 2016. Biden pushed for unity between everyone, asking everyone to give everyone ‘a chance’ in the future. He also stated his number one priority: the pandemic. He has already begun creating a COVID-19 task force designed to counter the pandemic. Biden made it clear that he plans to aggressively fight the pandemic as the United States continues to break daily records of cases per day. The U.S. has registered over ten million cases and 238,000 deaths since the pandemic broke out earlier this year.
Biden also promise to seek unity between Americans. Our country is deeply divided between Republicans and Democrats and Biden wants to work towards uniting our country.
Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris also had a historic election. She is the first woman and first woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency position. Harris spoke alongside Biden in Delaware and spoke towards women all throughout the nation; “While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way.”
Many world leaders have congratulated Biden and Harris on their victory. Countries like Germany, France, Canada, Israel, and the UK, among other, extended their praise and wished for the best moving forward. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK announced, “The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” Both China and Russia have yet to congratulate Biden, claiming they will wait until the results are ‘official.’ Both countries say they look forward to working with whoever is the president to better relations.
Only four GOP leaders, Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski have called to congratulate Biden and Harris earlier this week. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Maine Senator Susan Collins also extended their congratulations to the President-elect. Former President George W. Bush congratulated Biden as well.
It is unlikely that President Trump will quietly concede to the results, as legal battles continue to be waged in court. However, many Americans see this as a new opportunity for our nation to head in the right direction.