Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, denying Donald Trump a second term and following campaign fraught with argument and name calling (mostly from Trump’s side).
Biden beat Trump in the all-important battle-ground state Pennsylvania which confirmed 99% of its official votes counted by Saturday afternoon that took Biden’s electoral college vote to 284, surpassing the 270 needed to win the seat in the Oval Office.
At first, Trump refused to concede to Biden, saying that his campaign would pursue unspecified legal challenges regarding the results. And blah-blah-blah-blah-blah…
Positive messages have been Tweeted and texted from world leaders to congratulate Biden and his running mate, happy to hear the new president’s first sobering words.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” were the first few words from Biden after the big win. “It’s time for America to unite and to heal.”
And he’s not wrong. The U.S. has seen the worst year in recent history, an economy as damaged as most nations, and the months marked with a continuing Covid-19 death toll. The U.S. has also experienced a lot of racial unrest brought about by a police system that is in urgent need of reform.
Biden has hinted he will be tackling the Coronavirus and policing issues as a priority – even though policy was blatantly missing in both candidates’ campaigns up until today.
But baby steps. For tonight, Joe Biden will be joined by Kamala Harris to address the nation.
And that nation can now breathe a massive sigh of relief, and now the U.S. can pick up where it left off four years ago in getting along with the rest of the world.