Joe Biden has a new title to add to his storied political career – President-elect. Biden was announced as the new president of the United States on late Saturday morning after he surpassed the magical 270 number of electoral votes by taking the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With the win, Biden will become the nation’s 46th president on January 20 when he takes the oath of office. Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump in what was one of the most divisive elections of modern times.
Celebrations Break Out Across Country: As the news was announced, Americans took to the streets in New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and more to celebrate the victory of the Democratic candidate. The center of the action was the Black Lives Matter Plaza in the nation’s capital. The plaza has evolved into a central gathering spot for celebrations and demonstrations in recent months.Read More »
While the Biden spokespeople say that his speech has already been written, the former vice president will spend much of the day adjusting his remarks to fit the current climate. It is clear that the theme will be to continue to be the restoration of the soul of the nation through unity.
In a statement on Saturday, Biden said, “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together.” Biden did not acknowledge the president in his official statement.
All is Quiet at the Trump Camp: It is all quiet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Prior to the race being called in favor of Biden, Trump had left to visit his golf club in nearby Sterling, Virginia. Sources within the Trump camp say that he does not plan to concede the race. At this point, the campaign is still moving ahead with its legal battles.
It is also unclear if Trump will invite Biden to the White House to discuss the transition efforts. This has been the tradition in American politics for decades. Trump is the first incumbent since George H.W. Bush to not emerge victorious in the bid for a second term.
State of the Electoral Votes: As of early Saturday afternoon, most media outlets have not yet called the state of Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska. Biden is currently leading in Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada. These votes will all still be counted, meaning that the final Electoral College will not be known for some time.
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