The announcement of Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election caused a violent reaction among representatives of all political forces in the country and among ordinary Americans.
After winning in the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada, Joe Biden, according to the forecasts of the leading American television channels, the Associated Press and Edison Research, became the elected president of the United States, receiving at least 273 votes in the Electoral College. The announcement of Biden’s victory became the main news of the day, not only for US residents, but for the rest of the world..
One of the first to respond to the message about Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania was the incumbent President Donald Trump. He released an official statement saying that his headquarters will begin challenging the election results in court early next week. According to Trump, “this election is far from over.”.
“We all know why Joe Biden is in such a hurry to impersonate the winner and why his allies in the media are trying so hard to help him: they do not want the whole truth to be revealed,” Trump said in a statement. still far from completion “.
Kamala Harris, who is set to become the first woman in US history to be elected vice president of the country, commented on the Pennsylvania vote and the Democratic electoral victory on her Twitter account, saying the election results show “the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead “.
House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump was the “mandate to work” given to the Democrats by the American people. Pelosi says “a new day of hope has begun for America today.”.
The Democratic leader in Congress called Biden’s victory “historic.” President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will have strong Democratic majority support in the House of Representatives, she said..
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that “We can now say that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States and Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President of the United States. President-elect Biden will be an excellent president for all Americans, and the Democrats in the Senate will do everything in our power to provide all the help the American people need. “.
In addition, Pelosi and Schumer have already phoned Biden to personally congratulate him on his victory, a senior Democratic Party adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Associated Press. The conversation took place in a joyful atmosphere, Biden’s wife Jill also took part in it, a source said..
Three former Democratic presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, also congratulated the Biden and Harris team on the victory..
Barack Obama shared the “great pride” he takes in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on the victory..
Biden, in Obama’s words, “has what it takes to be president and is already acting that way” because after joining the White House he will have to face “a series of unthinkable problems that no one has ever faced. new president “.
While acknowledging that the election showed a division of the nation, Obama said that Biden “will work in the best interests of every American, whether he gets his vote or not.”.
Bill Clinton tweeted: “America has had its say, democracy has triumphed.” 42nd President of the United States expressed confidence that Biden and Harris will work to unite all Americans.
39th US President Jimmy Carter released a statement on Saturday saying that he and his wife, former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, are proud of how “well the Democratic campaign was conducted” and are already seeing “the positive changes they are bringing to our country “.
Neither Clinton nor Carter mentioned President Donald Trump in their congratulations.
Hillary Clinton, who was first lady twice and ran for president in 2016 from the Democratic Party, congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory over President Donald Trump. Clinton calls election “a rejection of Trump and a new page for America”.
The highest-ranking black member of Congress, the secretary of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Jim Cliburn, said in an interview with CNN that he was the one who advised Biden to choose a black woman as a partner..
“I told him privately that I think the outcome will be influenced by whether you hire a black woman on your team.” Biden’s choice ultimately fell on Kamala Harris, who is of mixed origin – her father emigrated to the United States from Jamaica, and her mother came from India. “I think it strengthened [Biden’s] relationship with the black community,” Cliburn said..
Republican leaders in Congress have not yet commented on reports of Joe Biden’s victory, but several Donald Trump allies among Republicans have supported the incumbent, who is going to challenge the election..
Republican Senator Josh Hawley tweeted: “The media cannot determine who the president is. This is what the people do … When all the legitimate votes have been counted, the recount is complete and the fraud charges have been resolved, we will know who the winner is. “.
A number of prominent Republicans also take a similar approach, insisting that it is necessary to wait for an independent verification of the vote count..
“It is the voters, not the media, who decide who wins the election,” Republican Congressman Marquain Mullin of Oklahoma tweeted. “I fully support President Trump as he continues to fight to ensure that everyone has a legitimate vote.”.
Senator Mitt Romney, who was the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, was one of the first Republicans to congratulate Democrats Biden and Harris on the victory. Romney tweeted that he knows the elected president and vice president as “as people of good will with great character … We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.”.
Romney, who was the harshest critic of the incumbent among Republicans, accused Trump on Friday of “damaging the cause of freedom” and fueling “destructive and dangerous fears”, referring to the president’s allegations of vote rigging.
Earlier, Romney said that he was not going to vote for Trump, but at the same time he kept a secret who exactly he supported in the last election..
The reaction of world leaders
The leaders of the western allies of the United States congratulate the new Joe Biden administration on the election victory.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United States is “the United Kingdom’s most important ally” and added that he “looks forward to working closely on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”.
Johnson also highlighted a “historic achievement” – Kamala Harris became the first woman in US history to be elected vice president..
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that “we have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together! ” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wants to start “tackling the world’s biggest problems together”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a rocky relationship with Donald Trump, congratulated Biden on Twitter, writing that she looked forward to “future collaboration” with the Democrat’s presidential-elect’s administration..
“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to cope with the serious problems of our time,” Merkel said..
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hailed Biden’s election, calling him “a strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.” Stoltenberg said he looks forward to working with the new US administration “to further strengthen ties between North America and Europe.”.
Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, an extreme leftist, snapped at Trump’s “election loss,” calling the event “good news for the planet as the global far-right has lost its most powerful political asset.”.
Ireland, where Joe Biden’s family comes from, has already named him the 46th President of the United States. “Ireland is proud of the election of Joe Biden, just as we are proud of all generations of Irish women and Irish men and their ancestors, whose work and minds have enriched the diversity that created America,” Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin said in a statement..
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has good relations with Trump, congratulated Biden on a successful presidential campaign, but has not yet named him President-elect, stressing that Warsaw is awaiting the official “decision of the Electoral College and … is determined to maintain the strategic partnership between Poland and The United States to create an even stronger alliance “.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, assuring them that “Ukraine is optimistic about the future strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the United States have always cooperated in matters of security, trade, investment, democracy, and the fight against corruption. Our friendship is only getting stronger! “.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Prime Ministers of Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, Pakistan, India, the President of Lebanon, the Sultan of Oman and the Emir of Qatar also sent their congratulations to Biden and Harris.
Representatives of Iran, a country that has undergone particularly tough sanctions under the Trump administration, do not hide their joy at the loss of the current US president in the election..
The Iranians “stood their ground bravely until the coward left,” Iranian presidential adviser Hesameddin Ashen tweeted. Iranian Ambassador to Great Britain Hamid Baidinejad also made a statement on Twitter: “The political life of a man who only sows hatred is finally over.”.
According to Reuters, key members of the OPEC global cartel of oil producers fear that tensions in the OPEC + alliance, which includes Russia, could revive after a democratic administration comes to power. This is reported by sources close to the organization. The OPEC leadership is concerned about the departure of Trump, who quickly moved from criticizing the cartel to promoting a record reduction in oil production, which led to a rise in the price of black gold..
Biden could change the tone of US relations with three OPEC members – the de facto cartel leader Saudi Arabia and sanctioned Iran and Venezuela, as well as with Russia, which is not part of the cartel, but entered into an alliance with him known as OPEC+.
Strict compliance with US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela has led to the shutdown of the flow of millions of barrels of oil from these countries to the world market. If Biden relaxes sanctions on Caracas and Tehran, supply growth will make it difficult for OPEC to balance supply and demand.
Trump and Biden supporters took to city streets
Immediately after reports of the victory of Democrat Biden in the elections, many people took to the streets of the largest American cities, both celebrating the victory of the Democrats and protesters over the loss of Donald Trump..
In traditionally democratic New York, spontaneous street parties began in several districts. In Washington, Democratic supporters flock to Black Lives Matter Square outside the White House, taking selfies and singing songs..
In Lansing, the state capital of Michigan, supporters of Donald Trump and demonstrators who support the Black Lives Matters movement have gathered outside the steps of the local Capitol. After the words of the church anthem Amazing Grace echoed through the crowd, Trump supporters began to lay hands on their ideological opponents and pray for them..
In Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, the state where Biden won the majority of the Electoral College, about a hundred supporters of Trump took to the streets in downtown. They demonstrated in front of the State Capitol building demanding “an end to stealing votes”, while supporters of the Democratic candidate came to the same place..
According to the Associated Press, several hundred people gathered at the fence of a golf club owned by Donald Trump in northern Virginia. The audience included both Biden’s supporters, rejoicing at his victory and loudly shouting “Hey, hey, goodbye” to the incumbent president, as well as Trump supporters waving his campaign flags and chanting slogans in support of the president..
Trump was playing golf when major American television channels reported that Biden had won the election in Pennsylvania. He is now returning to the White House.
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