By Lalit K Jha :
Kamala Harris moves in as first woman Vice President
With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 273 electoral votes
Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States Kamala Harris, who is of Indian origin, has become the first ever woman Vice President-elect Biden and Harris
would be sworn in on January 20 President-elect Biden
asserts importance of America standing together beyond electoral divide
DEMOCRAT Joe Biden on Saturday defeated incumbent Republican US President Donald Trump in the closely-fought presidential election, according to American media projections. The 77-year-old former US Vice President will become the 46th President of the United States, CNN reported, after a victory in Pennsylvania, the State where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 273 electoral votes. Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as Vice President under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware’s longest-serving senator. Senator Kamala Harris, 56, who is of Indian origin, has become the first ever woman vice president-elect of the United States.
She would also be the country’s first Indian-origin, first Black and first African American Vice President of the country. Biden and Harris would be sworn in as the President and Vice President of the country on January 20. “America, I’m honoured that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me,” Biden said in a tweet soon thereafter. “This election is about so much more than” Joe Biden “or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started,” tweeted Vice President-elect Harris. Trump was playing golf in Virginia when major media outlets called the race.
He is now the first incumbent President to lose reelection bid after George H W Bush in 1992. Major media outlets started calling Biden the winner after it became clear that he has taken a major lead the battleground State of Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes, making him cross the benchmark of the 270 electoral college votes. Counting of ballots is still ongoing in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia. Biden has the lead in all the four states, which according to major media outlets is unlikely to be reversed. “Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States”, CNN projects, after a victory in the State where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. “Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, according to Edison Research, putting him over the 270 needed to win the presidency,” The Washington Post reported. The call came about 11:30 am on Saturday (local time), after a report of more counted votes from Pennsylvania.
“Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Was elected the 46th President of the United States on Saturday, promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises, and making Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House,” The New York Times said. Biden’s victory amounted to a repudiation of Trump by millions of voters exhausted with his divisive conduct and chaotic administration, and was delivered by an unlikely alliance of women, people of colour, old and young voters and a sliver of disaffected Republicans.
Trump rages at ‘bad things’ in counting
DONALD Trump on Saturday declared himself as the winner of the November 3 presidential election, even as major American media outlets projected his Democratic rival Joe Biden as next President of the United States. “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” tweeted Trump as major American media outlets declared that he has lost the election and Biden would be the 46th President of the United States. Twitter immediately flagged Trump’s tweet saying that “official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted.” Trump also repeated his allegations of electoral fraud by claiming without evidence that “bad things happened” inside the counting rooms and tens of thousands of votes were illegally received in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.
The President has repeatedly attempted to question the validity of vote counts in key swing states and made unfounded claims that the election is being “stolen” from him. “Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed. Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!” he said in a tweet. Four days after the November 3 presidential election, votes were still being counted in several key battleground states.
“This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time, what the happened,” Trump said. “Tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 pm on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states. As a separate matter, hundreds of thousands of Votes were illegally not allowed to be OBSERVED...,” Trump wrote. Twitter quickly flagged the President’s latest tweets, saying “some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process”.