LIVE – US elections 2020: Joe Biden pledges to be “a president who brings people together”
► 9:30 a.m .: By becoming president, Joe Biden makes his dream come true
On January 20, 2021, he will become the oldest president in the history of the United States. Thirty-six years in the Senate, eight in the White House as vice-president, twice an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination of the Democratic Party … The life of this veteran of politics has been made up of tragedies, rebirths, defeats and of recaptures.
After family tragedies, two failed first presidential attempts and a campaign disrupted by the pandemic, the veteran of politics will fulfill his dream: to push the doors of the White House again, this time in the clothes of president.
► 9 am: In California, stronghold of Kamala Harris, the presidential duo expected at the turn
It had been a long time since California had experienced such an explosion of joy. On Saturday November 7, hundreds of thousands of residents took to the streets to celebrate the defeat of Donald Trump, with honks and confetti. But in this Democratic state where Kamala Harris made his career, they are much to warn that they will be demanding of Joe Biden and his running mate.
“After Trump, we have high expectations of the Biden-Harris duo, especially here in California, one of the most multicultural states in the country where people of color or of foreign origin have been very heavily impacted by government policy,” explains Araceli Vera, a 34-year-old teacher of Mexican origin, behind a large neon green mask. “Of course I prefer Biden and Harris to the Trump-Pence duo. But that should not prevent us from holding the new presidential team to account ”, explains a 19-year-old student.
► 8:30 am: Where are the vote counts?
Joe Biden was elected president after having crossed the threshold of 270 voters by winning the key state of Pennsylvania (20 voters). But the count is still underway in three states: Georgia, which, because of the too tight votes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, announced Friday, November 6 to carry out a recount, North Carolina and Alaska.
However, even if Donald Trump were to win these three states, he would arrive at a total of 248 voters, which is not enough to be elected president.
In total, despite the pandemic, turnout has reached an all-time high in the modern era: around 66% of voters voted, according to the US Elections Project. Joe Biden obtained more than 74.5 million votes, against 70 million for Donald Trump.
► 8:15 a.m .: In the streets of Philadelphia, the excitement has followed the anxiety
It was 11:30 a.m. in Philadelphia when Joe Biden’s victory fell. Very quickly, thousands of people took to the streets. The anxiety of the last days – and the past four years – gives way to tears of joy, hugs, honking and open bottles of champagne in the street. In the shadow of the majestic city hall of downtown “Philly”, the crowd sings “USA, USA, USA” and the tunes of Bruce Springsteen.
“It’s the greatest relief I have ever felt. A big weight flew off my shoulders. I find faith in humanity ”, cowardly Glenna Bobb, come with her dog in case of “Violence” on the other side. Vera, her eyes red with emotion, is especially proud of the fact that Pennsylvania and its 20 top voters was the state that tipped the presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
► 8:00 a.m .: Donald Trump still has not recognized his defeat
Outgoing President Donald Trump, whose term will end on January 20, has, at this stage, not acknowledged his defeat. In a pinned message like “Deceptive” by Twitter, he instead continued to claim a victory that would have been stolen. “I largely won this election”, he hammered in capital letters.
When the press announced the victory of his rival Joe Biden, Donald Trump was playing golf. He then returned to the White House, without a word for the cameras.
► 7:45 am: “Sleeping Joe wakes America”, greets the international press
“We have not finished trembling for democracy” : the international press welcomes Sunday with relief the announced victory of Joe Biden and notes the “Exit without dignity” of Donald Trump, but worries about the overwhelming task that awaits the new president and his running mate Kamala Harris.
“A new dawn for America”, says the British newspaper The Independent. “Sleeping Joe Wakes America”, laugh at him Sunday Times in reference to the pejorative nickname that Donald Trump gave his rival during the campaign. The Sunday Telegraph for its part directly takes the words of Joe Biden: “It’s time for America to heal”.
► 7:30 a.m .: Joe Biden, a second Catholic president for America
Sixty years after the arrival at the White House of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Democrat Joe Biden becomes the second Catholic president in the history of the United States. His faith was an integral part of his campaign narrative. Last August, one of his political clips even featured him laughing, in 2016 at the Vatican, alongside Pope Francis.
Originally from a modest and practicing family from Irish immigration, the septuagenarian has always put forward his religious education.
► 7:15 a.m .: The first Biden effect? Washington Champagne Rush
Joe Biden’s election announcement on Saturday sparked a scramble for champagne bottles in Washington, and some stores were already close to running out of stock in the U.S. capital, a Democratic stronghold.
Calvert and Woodley, famous for its wine shelves around the world on Connecticut Avenue, sold 70 to 75% more bottles than a usual Saturday, according to a store official. At Magruder’s, a wine merchant in the residential district of Chevy Chase since 1845, the shelves were emptied at full speed and vendors had to fetch cases of champagne in reserve.
► 7:00 a.m .: Barely elected, Joe Biden announces that he will set up a Covid-19 crisis unit on Monday
In his very first speech after the announcement of the presidential results in Wilmington (Delaware), Democrat Joe Biden declared that this future crisis cell, made up of scientists and experts, would be responsible for building a “Plan which will come into force on January 20, 2021”, the day of his inauguration. He thus takes the opposite view from his rival Donald Trump, who has always minimized the coronavirus pandemic.
The country, already the most affected in the world, is facing a marked increase in the epidemic, with record numbers of new contaminations for several days. The United States has recorded over 122,000 new positive cases and 991 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to more than 237,000.
► 6:50 a.m .: After the election of Joe Biden, reactions around the world
Many leaders around the world have praised Joe Biden.
Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Democratic leader “Great friend of Israel”. Benjamin Netanyahu called outgoing President Donald Trump a “Best friend Israel has never had in the White House”, after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Hebrew State, its support for colonization in the occupied West Bank, its blessing on the annexation of the Golan and its sponsorship of the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries.
Venezuela. “I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their victory. Venezuela (…) will always be ready for dialogue and good understanding with the people and government of the United States ”, tweeted the Venezuelan socialist president Nicolas Maduro. Caracas severed diplomatic ties with Washington in 2019 after the Trump administration recognized opponent Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.
European Union. The head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council Charles Michel congratulated Joe Biden, insisting on the will of the EU to rebuild with the United States a “Strong partnership” after a conflicted relationship under Donald Trump’s tenure.
France. Emmanuel Macron congratulated Joe Biden and called on him to act ” together “ for “Meet the challenges of today”
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 7, 2020
UK. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Joe Biden “For his election” President of the United States and Kamala Harris, elected Vice President, for her “Historic success”. “I look forward to working closely together on our common priorities, from climate change to trade and defense”, he said.
Slovenia. Rare dissenting voice, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who congratulated Trump on his re-election, said the outcome of the ballot was not yet decided
► 6:30 am: Kamala Harris, first woman vice-president, assures us that she will not be “the last”
On stage alongside Joe Biden, new president’s running mate Kamala Harris paid tribute on Saturday to the generations of women who have “Paved the way” to her election, assuring that she would not “Not the last”. After paying homage to his mother, Kama Harris greeted those “Who sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women, whom we too often look down on, but who so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy”.
Kamala Harris, who multiplied the “Firsts” by becoming attorney general of California then senator from South Asia, recalled the long struggle of women for the right to vote. She also paid tribute to “Daring” by Joe Biden who has “Broken one of the most important barriers” of American society by choosing her as vice-president.
“I will not be the last”, she promised, “Because every little girl who looks tonight sees that it is a country of all possibilities”.
► 6:00 am: “I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides”
Hours after the election results and in front of a cheering crowd, Joe Biden gave a fiery speech in his Delaware home. “I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides”, he launched, by thanking the American voters for having offered him a “Convincing victory”.
– AFP USA (@AFPusa) November 8, 2020
It is “Time to heal” America, he said in front of hundreds of supporters. “Let’s see, let’s talk”, “Let’s give ourselves a chance”, he insisted. “I campaigned to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class, and to have America respected in the world again”, said the president-elect. Without a word for his opponent, Joe Biden said he understood the ” disappointment “ voters of Donald Trump, who refuses to admit defeat. “I will work as hard for those who did not vote for me, as for those who chose me”, he still promised.
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