Eniola Ajayi, California
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr has emerged the 46th President-elect of the United States of America as results trickled in on Saturday November 7, 2020, surpassing the needed 270 electoral college votes to clinch the nation’s top job.
In a keenly contested election, proven to be one of the most divisive, abusive and tumultuous in America’s 244 years history of nationhood, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party succeeded in rebuilding the “blue wall” that were collapsed in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
In an earlier remark, Biden had expressed confidence that he was on track to amassing 300 electoral college votes.
According to him, “we are going to win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us; we ‘ve gotten over 74 million votes, let me repeat that, 74 million votes, that’s more than any presidential ticket has ever gotten in the history of the United States, and our votes total is still growing.”
He had however called for unity across the different divides, saying “no matter who you voted for, we are not enemies, we are Americans.”
Time to heal
During a victory speech in Delaware, the President-elect believed “it is a time to heal for all Americans,” as he urged his supporters to see those on the other side as fellow Americans, rather than as opponents or enemies.
He thanked all his supporters, especially those who voted overwhelmingly for him and he promised to be the President for all Americans and not for those who voted for him only.
Histories being recorded
Biden on his inauguration come January 20, 2021; will be the oldest President in United States’ history; he clocks 78 in a couple of days.
Joe Biden’s victory came 48 years after his election into the US Senate.
It is a dream come true for the former Vice President, who had been nursing the ambition for about 30 years.
This is the first time in 24 years that the Democrats would win in Arizona and the first time in 28 years to triumph in Georgia
President Trump becomes the third elected president since World War II to lose re-election, and the first in more than a quarter-century.
On her part, Kamala Devi Harris, a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants is the first Black Asian-American woman to be elected to assume the Vice Presidency, making her the highest-ranking woman in the nation’s history.
Senator Harris is also a high-profile representation of the country’s enormous diversity.
A new dawn
Reacting to Biden-Harris victory, Democratic Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer says “the long dark night in America is over and a new dawn is coming.”
Senator Schumer said the time had come to roll up sleeves, adding that the Joe Biden’s presidency was set to reignite hopes.
The New York Senator said he had already spoken with Biden on the phone to congratulate him and to let him have a feel of the celebration mood in Brooklyn.
President Trump’s campaign team has however raised allegations of fraud, insisting that it would approach the temple of justice to seek redress.
While speaking in Philadelphia, the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, accused Pennsylvania electoral officials of fraud.
In Giuliani’s words: “We were deprived of the right to inspect if a single one of those ballots is legitimate… that is unheard of, it’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, and we will be bringing an action challenging that.”
Although, the team has not presented any evidence of voter fraud, but the coming days are expected to witness legal fireworks as the 2020 electoral process winds down.
Meanwhile, celebrations have continued in different parts of the country especially among supporters of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
Plethora of goodwill
World leaders in a plethora of goodwill messages have begun to congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their electoral victory.
First on the list was Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau who described the US and Canada as friends, stressing that he looked forward to working with Biden.
French President Emmanuel Macron followed suit as he said in a tweet “The Americans have chosen their President. We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated Biden and Harris and stressed the importance of the transatlantic relationship.
Johnson said on his Twitter handle: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement”
London mayor Sadiq Khan said Biden and Harris’ win meant it was “time to get back to building bridges, not walls” apparently referring to President Trump’s policy of building a wall at the US-Mexico border.
Apart from the two dominant parties, other parties that participated in the 2020 US Presidential election include the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Alliance Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation among others; the race also witnessed the participation of Independent candidates like Kanye West who garnered 1,266 popular votes.