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2020 US election: Biden wants to "end the era of demonization"
US President-elect Joe Biden wants to unite the divided country and regain respect for the United States in the world. "I promise to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unite," said Biden on Saturday evening (local time) in his victory speech in his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Incumbent Donald Trump, however, did not recognize Biden's success and continued to speak of fraud.
Biden stated, "Let's let this dark era of demonization come to an end here and now." The Democrat asked supporters of the incumbent Republican president to give him a chance to work together for a better America. Biden was declared the winner by the US media in the race for the White House on Saturday. Republican Trump said, "The simple fact is that this election is far from over." Trump presented himself as a victim of systematic electoral fraud without providing any solid evidence. Most recently, he criticized the 150-year-old system for proclaiming election winners.
Trump does not want to see defeat
With the help of his lawyers, Trump still wants to avert his defeat. However, the chances of success are extremely low. Unlike usual, Trump also refrained from calling the winner and admitting defeat.
"We believe these people are thieves. The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election. Best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this clearly was a stolen election, that it's impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states .- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2020
Nevertheless, many heads of state and government have already congratulated. Numerous international well-wishers expressly addressed their congratulations both to Biden and to his team, Vice President Kamala Harris, who was elected with him. Among them were Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) and opposition leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner (SPÖ) in Austria. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP), on the other hand, only turned to Biden in the first tweet on Saturday evening.
Even Trump's closest allies, such as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responded. "Joe, we've had a long and warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years," Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday. He also knows Biden as a "great friend of Israel" and looks forward to working with him and Harris "to deepen the special alliance between the US and Israel".
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that there was a lot to be done to address the current challenges. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had sought a close relationship with Trump, called the United States his country's most important ally. Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also sent congratulations. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Japanese colleague Yoshide Suga expressed the expectation of being able to tackle international problems together with Biden.
Duda, Orban and Bush congratulated
The swift reactions were also seen by diplomats as a signal to Trump that he does not want to admit his election defeat. Of course, the right-wing Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who was the only EU representative who had previously falsely congratulated Trump on an election victory, was missing from the EU congratulators. Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Biden on a "successful presidential campaign". One will now wait for Biden's nomination by the electoral college, it was said in Warsaw. A few weeks ago, Biden had emphasized with a view to Poland that there should be no discrimination against homosexuals anywhere in Europe.
According to his spokesman, Orban's letter to Biden also said: "I wish you good health and continued success in fulfilling your extremely responsible tasks." The Hungarian head of government, whom critics accuse of an authoritarian style of government, had repeatedly pledged to support Trump in the past. In a radio interview last Friday, he repeated Trump's accusations, which had not yet been proven, that the US election result would be based on massive electoral fraud. "If something like this happened to us, heaven and earth would collapse," Orban had said.
Ex-President George W. Bush also congratulated Biden. He said on Sunday that he had spoken to the "President-elect" Biden and the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. "Even though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden is a good man."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized that Biden, as a former Vice President, had worked very hard for closer American-Indian relations. He also welcomed the fact that with Harris, a woman with Indian roots is now becoming Vice President. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani demanded that Biden should now correct Trump's "previous mistakes". The background to this is the United States' withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran under Trump. Germany Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a guest article for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung": "Let us use the opportunity to renew democracy and the power of reason in our societies together with an America ruled by Joe Biden."
Kamala Harris first vice president
After the planned inauguration, probably on January 20, 2021, 56-year-old Kamala Harris would not only be the first female vice president, but also the first black woman in the office. In her victory speech she spoke of a turning point. "When our democracy itself was on the ballot paper, the soul of America was at stake and the world was watching, you ushered in a new day for America," said Harris. By choosing Biden, the Americans chose hope, unity, science and truth, she said. "While I may be the first woman in this position, I will not be the last. Because every little girl who watches tonight sees that this is a land of opportunity."
Biden's success in the key state of Pennsylvania sealed Trump's election on Saturday. The last time George Bush Sr. was voted out after only one term was in 1992. Biden came across the 270-electoral mark necessary for success at the end of days of trembling.
In the USA, not only a president, but also the 435 members of the House of Representatives and around a third of the 100 senators were elected. Biden will most likely be able to count on a majority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. By noon on Sunday they had 214 of the at least 217 seats. In the US Senate elections, the hopes and fears for the Biden & Harris team continue. Two Senate seats in the state of Georgia will not be decided in a runoff election until January 5th, and the Democrats will have to win both as they stand.
The Senate has a decisive influence on how a president can implement his agenda. He also reassigns senior government officials such as ministers and supreme court judges. In impeachment proceedings, the Senate plays the role of a court.
Biden announces fight against coronavirus
Biden also announced that he is determined to work to contain the coronavirus pandemic. As early as Monday, he will present a council of experts to contain the pandemic. He will spare no effort in the fight against the virus. The "leading scientists and experts" would help him develop an "action plan," said Biden. According to the Johns Hopkins University, around 9.8 million people in the USA have been infected with Covid-19 - more than in any other country in the world. Even with more than 237,000 people who have died in connection with Corona, the country is at the top worldwide.
It shouldn't be easy for Biden as president. "The election results show at every level that the country is still deeply and bitterly divided," said ex-President Barack Obama, who campaigned for all Americans to support Biden. More than 70 million voters gave Trump their vote.
Biden not only wants to heal the country, he also wants to cement relations with allies around the world and lead the USA back into international agreements. For example, he announced a return of the USA to the Paris climate protection agreement. Unlike Trump, he also wants to continue working with the World Health Organization (WHO).
News of Biden and Harris' election victory sparked cheers and honking of horns on the streets of New York, Washington, Philadelphia and other major cities in the country. On the north side of the White House, thousands celebrated Biden's election victory during the day.
In the USA it is common for the presidential election to be decided on the basis of forecasts from large media houses - usually on election night. The official results sometimes come much later. Because of the corona pandemic, millions of Americans voted by letter this year, which is why the counting of the votes took longer. The US president is only elected indirectly by the people. The votes of the voters decide on the composition of the electoral college, which then elects the president in December. A candidate needs a majority of the 538 electorate to win.
The counting of votes was still ongoing in several states. Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, and Alaska haven't seen a winner yet. The first three states are likely to go relatively safely to Biden, the latter to Trump. (apa)
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