The news of Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election sparked a strong 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 TV channels, Associated Press and Edison Research, became the elected president of the United States, receiving at least 273 votes in the College of Electors. The announcement of Biden’s victory was the main news of the day not only for U.S. citizens but also for the rest of the world.
One of the first to respond to the message about Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania was the current president Donald Trump. He issued an official statement saying that his headquarters would start contesting the election results in court early next week. Trump said, “these elections are far from over”.
“We all know why Joe Biden is in such a hurry to pass himself off as a winner and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the whole truth to be revealed,” Trump said in a statement, “The obvious fact is that this election is far from over.
Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman elected vice president in U.S. history, commented on the results of the Pennsylvania election and the Democrats’ victory on Twitter, saying the election results speak “about America’s soul and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us “Democrats’ reaction
House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump was a “mandate to work” given to the Democrats by the American people. According to Pelosi, “today is a new day of hope for America.
The Democrat leader in Congress called Biden’s victory “historic. According to her, elected president Biden and elected vice president Kamala Harris will have support in the form of a strong democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Sumer said, “Now we can 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 Sumer have already called Biden to personally congratulate him on his victory, a senior Democratic Party advisor who wished to remain anonymous told Associated Press. The conversation took place in a joyful atmosphere, and Biden’s wife, Jill, also took part, the source said.
Three former Democratic presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, also congratulated Biden’s team and Harris on their victory.
Barack Obama reported on the “great pride” he feels in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory.
Biden, according to Obama, “has everything it takes to be president, and he is already acting this way,” because after coming to the White House he will have to face “a series of unthinkable problems that no new president has ever faced.
Admitting that the election showed a split nation, Obama said Biden “will work for the benefit of every American, regardless of whether he gets his vote or not.
Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter: “America has said its word, democracy has won”. The 42nd U.S. president expressed confidence that Biden and Harris will work for the benefit of all Americans.
The 39th U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, issued a statement on Saturday stating that he and his wife, former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, are proud of how “well the Democrats’ campaign has been conducted” and already see “the positive changes they are bringing to our country.
Neither Clinton nor Carter mentioned President Donald Trump in their congratulations.
Hillary Clinton, who twice served as First Lady and ran for president from the Democratic Party in 2016, congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory over President Donald Trump. Clinton called the election “a rejection of Trump and a new page for America.
Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking black member of Congress and secretary of the House of Representatives Democratic Majority, told CNN that he was the one who advised Biden to choose a black woman as his partner.
“I told him privately that I think the result will be influenced by whether you take a black woman on your team. Biden’s choice eventually fell on Kamala Harris, who has a mixed background – her father emigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica and her mother came from India. “I think it strengthened [Biden’s] relationship with the black community,” Clyburn said.
Responses of Republicans
Republican leaders in Congress have not yet commented on reports of Joe Biden’s victory, but several of Donald Trump’s allies among the Republicans have supported the incumbent president, who intends to challenge the outcome of the election.
Republican senator Josh Hawley tweeted: “The media cannot determine who the president is. The people are doing it. When all the legal votes are counted, the recount is complete and the fraud charges are reviewed, we will know who the winner is.
A number of other well-known Republicans take a similar approach, insisting that we wait until the results of the vote count are independently verified. The voters, not the media, decide who wins the election,” Republican Congressman Markwayne 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 Republican Party presidential candidate in 2012, was one of the first Republicans to congratulate the Democrats of Biden and Harris on their victory. Romney tweeted that he knows the elected president and vice president as “people of goodwill with a remarkable character… We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.
Romney, who was the strongest critic of the incumbent president among Republicans, accused Trump on Friday of “damaging the cause of freedom” and fomenting “destructive and dangerous fears,” referring to the president’s claims that the vote was rigged.
Earlier Romney said that he was not going to vote for Trump, but kept secret who he had supported in the past elections.
The reaction of world leaders
Leaders of the United States’ Western allies congratulated Joe Biden’s new administration on winning the election.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United States is “the United Kingdom’s most important ally,” adding that he “looks forward to working closely together on our common priorities, from climate change to trade and security.
Johnson also highlighted “a historic achievement” – Kamala Harris was the first woman in U.S. history to be elected vice president.
French President Emmanuelle 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 “working together to solve the world’s most serious problems.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a difficult relationship with Donald Trump, congratulated Biden on Twitter, writing that she looks forward to “future cooperation” with the administration of the democratically elected president.
“Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we want to cope with the serious problems of our time,” Merkel said.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Baiden’s election, calling him “a strong supporter of NATO and transatlantic relations. Stoltenberg said he looks forward to working with the new US administration “to further strengthen ties between North America and Europe.
Spain’s extreme left-wing Deputy prime minister, Pablo Iglesias, said he was delighted to “lose Trump in the election,” calling the event “good news for the planet as the world’s ultra-right movement 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 to have elected 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 has created America,” said Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin in a statement.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has good relations with Trump, congratulated Biden on his successful presidential campaign but has not yet called him elected president, stressing that Warsaw is waiting for the official “decision of the College of Electors and … is determined to support a strategic partnership between Poland and the United States to create an even stronger union.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, assuring them that “Ukraine is optimistic about its future strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the United States have always cooperated on security, trade, investment, democracy, and anti-corruption issues. Our friendship is only getting stronger!”.
Congratulations to Biden and Harris were also sent by the President of the European Commission, 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.
Representatives of Iran, a country that was subjected to particularly harsh sanctions during the Trump administration, do not hide the joy of losing the current U.S. president in the elections.
The Iranians “bravely stood on their own until this coward left”, – tweeted the adviser to the president of Iran Hesameddin Ashena. Iranian Ambassador to Great Britain Hamid Baydinedjad also made a statement on Twitter: “At last, the political life of a man who only sows hate is over”.
According to Reuters, key members of the global OPEC oil cartel fear that tensions in the OPEC+ alliance, of which Russia is a part, may revive after a democratic administration comes to power. This has been reported by sources close to the organization. The OPEC leadership is concerned about the departure of Trump, who quickly shifted from criticizing the cartel to helping record cuts in oil production, which led to higher black gold prices.
Biden may change the tone of the U.S. relationship with three OPEC members – the de facto cartel leader of Saudi Arabia and sanctioned Iran and Venezuela – as well as with Russia, which is not part of the cartel but has an alliance known as OPEC+.
The strict enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela has cut off the flow of millions of barrels of oil from those countries to the world market. If Biden eases the sanctions imposed on Caracas and Tehran, supply growth will make it difficult for OPEC to balance supply and demand.
Trump and Biden’s supporters take to the streets
Immediately after reports of Democrat Biden’s election victory, many people took to the streets of major U.S. cities, both celebrating the victory of Democrats and protesting over Donald Trump’s loss. In traditionally Democratic New York City, spontaneous street parties began in several districts. In Washington, DC, Democratic supporters flock to Black Lives Matter Square next to the White House, taking selfies and singing songs with each other.
In Lansing, the capital of Michigan State, supporters of Donald Trump and demonstrators supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement gather at the steps of the local Capitol. After the crowd began to echo the words of the church anthem Amazing Grace (“Great Grace”), Trump supporters began laying their hands on their ideological opponents and praying for them.
In the state of Harrisberg, the capital of Pennsylvania, where Biden won the majority of votes in the College of Electors, about a hundred people who supported Trump took to the streets in the city center. They held a demonstration in front of the state’s Capitol building to demand “an end to the theft of votes,” with supporters of the Democrat candidate coming as well.
According to Associated Press, several hundred people gathered at the fence of a golf club owned by Donald Trump in northern Virginia. Among those gathered were both supporters of Biden, rejoicing at his victory and shouting loudly “Hey, hey, goodbye” to the incumbent, and supporters of Trump, waving campaign flags and chanting slogans in support of the president.
As U.S. TV hosts reported that Biden had won the Pennsylvania election, Trump was playing golf. Now he is returning to the White House.