- Joe Biden wins US election after four tumultuous years of Trump
- President-elect says ‘This is the time to heal’ in victory speech
- Trump refuses to concede defeat as recriminations begin
- Biden’s win marks the end of Trump’s war on democracy and truth
- Trump v Biden – full 2020 results as they come in
It is still a while away – the inauguration isn’t until 20 January 2021 – but the Hill this morning have a wrap of some of what can we expect from the opening days of a Biden-Harris administration. Jordan Williams writes:
People close to Biden’s plans said he plans to rejoin the Paris climate accords, which the US officially left on Wednesday. He’s also reportedly planning to reverse the US’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, which is slated to take effect 6 July.
Biden also wants to immediately repeal the ban on immigration that targeted many Muslim-majority countries and reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Donald Trump’s favorite niece Mary has written for us today, saying that all he has now is breaking things.
He’ll be having meltdowns upon meltdowns right now. He has never been in a situation like this before. What’s interesting is that Donald has never won anything legitimately in his entire life, but because he has been so enabled by people along the way, he has never lost anything either. He’s the kind of person who thinks that even if you steal and cheat to win, you deserve to win.
But there is some poetic justice here because he has been cheating for months. Now his tactics are coming back to bite him. He told Republicans not to vote by mail and they didn’t, but the result is he has been experiencing this slow drip-drip of disaster over the past few days. Oh, you have these huge margins! Now your margins are shrinking. Oh, Joe Biden’s ahead. Now his margins are growing. It must have been like slow torture, but he set up this failure for himself.
Kamala Harris accepted her place in history on Saturday night with a speech honoring the women who she said “paved the way for this moment tonight”, when the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants would stand before the nation as the vice-president-elect of the United States.
With her ascension to the nation’s second highest office, Harris, 56, will become the first woman and the first woman of color to be elected vice-president, a reality that shaped her speech and brought tears to the eyes of many women and girls watching from the hoods of their cars in the parking lot of a convention center in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here’s a reminder of the highlights from the speeches given last night by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as they were projected to be the winners of the 2020 US election. They offered a message of unity.
Harris, who will be the first woman to be vice-president, paid tribute to her mother. For Biden, his speech was an opportunity to offer an olive branch to his political rivals after nearly four years of division under Donald Trump. He called for Republicans and Democrats to decide to co-operate, instead of deciding not to co-operate. He’ll know that scene only too well from the final years of the Obama presidency.
I’ve got to be honest, if you came to me a week ago and told me that the major networks would call an election victory for Joe Biden at the exact moment Donald Trump was arriving at one of his golf courses, and Rudy Giuliani was giving an evidence-free press conference about voter fraud from the parking lot of a random landscape gardener a block down from an adult book store in Philadelphia, I’d have said, sure, but this is the US presidential election, not the next season of Arrested Development. And yet here we all are.
Welcome to our live coverage of the day after the result was declared. Here’s what’s up so far…
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