The bells of the churches of Paris rang for hours. A two-mile caravan of flag-bearing vehicles in Phoenix drove him to the county election office headquarters in furious protest. Dozens of people in the nation’s capital marched a gigantic inflatable rat dressed in an oversized suit and red tie to the White House, singing the Steam chorus “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
In the days after the election, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed Americans to come together, regardless of how they voted or who won. But after four days of unbearable national tension, the hours following Biden’s final declaration in this year’s presidential election sparked a worldwide manifestation of jubilation and terror, elation and challenge.
However, the past four years of pent-up exhaustion, rage and sadness for a catharsis-seeking Democratic Party after their devastating defeat in 2016 weighed heavily on the last four days of tension.
The defeat of President Donald Trump in 2020 may not have been clear cut. But for many – especially his favorite movies – it was no less sweet.
“It’s glorious,” said Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the MP for Minneapolis whom Trump has attacked frequently and violently, even while yelling last year that she should “return” to Somalia, the country. in which she was born. I feel like it’s really great to see him defeated, ”Omar told The Daily Beast. “Every person and community he fought with came back to bite him in the end.
Indeed, across the country in Philadelphia – which Trump says is the place where “bad things happen” – residents were jubilant in the streets, after the city’s votes propelled Biden to victory in Pennsylvania which placed it above the Electoral College tally on Saturday. .
Like Omar, Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) was driving around his town, watching a scene he compared to July 4th. “He’s always been humiliating,” Evans said of Trump, referring to the president’s attacks on Philadelphia and his campaign’s alarmist alarm about the end of the suburbs.
“I’ll tell you something, the black community just stayed focused and disciplined,” Evans told The Daily Beast. “This is where America started, this is where America is saved.”
Just a few miles away, Trump supporters vowed to save America from an election crash, despite no evidence that a crime had even taken place. Rudy Giuliani, standing under a chemical hazard sign outside a northeast Philadelphia landscaping company, channeled the president’s furious challenge to the election results, which came amid a conference of press in which he attempted to describe unproven allegations of a massive and complex conspiracy. to steal the elections.
“The call for Joe Biden – who was he called by?” Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a long-time Trump ally, asked a reporter when he was briefed on the call.
“All?” the reporter responded.
“Oh my God! All the networks! Woooooow!” Giuliani said with cartoonish sarcasm, reaching out and turning his face to the sky, as if seeking absolution from an Old Testament deity. “All networks! We must forget the laaaaw!
Giuliani’s insistence that the election results are far from official is logical, albeit cynical – after all, he has been in the president’s pay for years. But even for some Biden supporters, the “kumbaya” moment symbolized by Trump’s withdrawal from the White House may never come.
“We delivered for Biden, now it’s time to do it for us,” the left-wing Sunrise movement, which enthusiastically supports the adoption of a “Green New Deal,” said in a statement minutes after the outbreak. of Biden’s election. “He must do everything in his power and use all the tools at his disposal to immediately face the climate crisis.”
Progressives like Omar, who backed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Democratic primary, have largely put aside their issues with Biden in order to offer him wins and the entire Democratic ticket. The member carried out an aggressive participation operation at home; Hennepin County, which largely consists of the District of Omar, cast 532,000 votes for Joe Biden – more than 100,000 than he delivered to Hillary Clinton in 2016 – helping Biden secure a margin of eight-point statewide victory.
“As we campaigned in recent months to increase voter turnout in urban centers across the country, we told people to vote on their terms,” Omar said. “We told people to be clear about electing someone who can listen and respond. People have delivered heavily in these areas. And we hope that the listening and the response will come with this new administration. “
Among Biden’s staunchest supporters, however, is a belief Biden won because he didn’t turn left, and an early feeling that doing so as president would doom the party’s chances of holding the line. House, take the Senate, and make Biden’s agenda possible.
“I’m sure there will be some push,” said Representative Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO), one of Biden’s earliest supporters. “I would warn people I agree with on 99% of the issues that, if you do that, and Joe Biden succumbs, we’re going to lose the midterm elections, then whatever we want will be pushed back.” . . “
“I think Joe Biden will be Joe Biden, which means he will try to work with Mitch McConnell if he ends up as Senate Majority Leader,” Cleaver told the Daily Beast. “That’s not to say Joe Biden is a little Mickey Mouse guy who’s going to obey Mitch McConnell down to his political theology. I think he’s going to be careful because the first job he has to do is try to erase four years of division.
But, like Omar and Evans and virtually every other Democrat, Cleaver couldn’t help but savor the victory. The congressman recalled a dismal stretch of the primary, shuttling around the icy wastes of Iowa to drop Biden, whose chances of winning the nomination were, at the time, slim.
“I’ll call John Kerry in a few minutes,” Cleaver said. “He and I were in Iowa, in ice and snow, the first week of February. And we laughed on the Biden bus that a large crowd for us was 12 years old.
In real time across the country and the world, normally quiet streets filled with cheers and car horns, and a golf course in northern Virginia have become the site of President Donald Trump’s political nadir.
But on a jogging track in an idyllic park somewhere in Delaware, the newly elected vice president quietly celebrated her own historic election, in a ponytail and running shoes.
Senator Kamala Harris from California was on the run in Delaware – a campaign official was unsure of the exact location, but “somewhere very nice, clearly!” – when the results have been declared. In a video tweeted from her personal account, Harris was elated.
“We did it – we did it, Joe!” Harris said laughing. “You are going to be the next President of the United States!”
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