Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make history in the 2020 US Presidential election
The world witnessed a historic moment last night; Joe Biden wins the 2020 US presidential election and becomes the 46th president of the United States. Candidates needed 270 votes to win the election and Biden has won with over 290 projected electoral votes, according to CNN at the time of this writing. Biden previously served as vice president under former President Barack Obama before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Delaware’s longest-serving senator argued that the “soul of the nation” is at stake, and said its “a time to heal.”
People around the world watched every day as the numbers varied, and votes were being counted. But Biden continued to deliver patience and calm to the American people, compared to the misinformation from President Trump. “No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen,” Biden tweeted. Biden says; the only thing that can tear America apart is America itself,” “That’s exactly what Donald Trump has been doing from the beginning of his campaign: Dividing America. Pitting Americans against one another based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin. That’s wrong. That’s not who we are.”
Kamala Harris, on the other hand, becomes the first woman; the first woman of colour and the first South Asian person to be elected as Vice President in American history. Her victory marks the overdue success for people of colour in powerful leading roles. In addition to this, Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband, will be the first “second-husband” on the executive level in American history.
Last night, Kamala Harris delivered her victory speech dressed in suffragette white, with Mary J. Blige’s “Work That” playing in the background occupying a spot in history. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Kamala Harris said as her supporters cheered in Delaware. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” “Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before,” she continued. “But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.”
The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris continued with great gratitude. Further expressing “the Black women who are too often overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.” She also mentioned her late mother, who came from India to America at 19. “She maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Harris said. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history, who paved the way to tonight, women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”
She equally acknowledged Biden for choosing her as his running mate. “What a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country and select a woman as his vice president,” Harris said.
Congratulations Mr President-Elect and Madam Vice President-Elect for winning the US presidential election.