Kamala Harris first took the stage as Vice President-elect when she joined President-elect Joe Biden to celebrate her victory over President Donald Trump with speeches to the nation on Saturday – when the man she defeated refused to to accept defeat.
Harris first spoke at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware – the city where Biden centered his 48-year political career. She took the stage dressed in white while Mary J Blige played track Work That.
"Good evening, good evening, good evening," she said over the sound of car horns honking at the drive-in rally.
Harris said voters chose "Hope and Unity, Decency, Science and Truth" when she and Biden preferred President Donald Trump.
She also referred to her historic role as Biden's runner-up and said, "I may be the first woman in this office, but not the last."
Harris and Biden celebrated their victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday when the man they defeated refused to accept defeat
Harris thanked the poll workers and said, "You have protected the integrity of our democracy." The count had never been so focused on
Harris introduced Biden on stage to cheer enthusiastic fans in Wilmington, Delaware
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug pose with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill
Harris noted that her rise to the role came 100 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment and 55 years after the signing of the Suffrage Bill that expanded participation in American democracy.
She commended Joe Biden for "having the audacity to overcome one of the greatest barriers in our country" by choosing a woman to be his runmate.
"Every little girl who watches tonight sees this is a county of opportunity," Harris said.
Harris opened her first address as Vice-President-elect with a tribute to Congressman John Lewis, who died in July.
Before his death, Congressman John Lewis wrote: "Democracy is not a state, it is an action." Democracy is not guaranteed. It's only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.
“It takes struggle, it takes sacrifice, but it is joy and progress is made because we humans have the power to build a better future.
"When our democracy was on the ballot in those elections, the soul of America was at stake and the world was watching, you heralded a new day for America."
She also thanked the poll workers and said: "You have protected the integrity of our democracy." The count had never been so focused on.
Supporters were gathered in and around their cars, and even more people had gathered outside of the security department to cheer for the future president and vice president
Mrs. Vice President: Kamala Harris spoke to the nation for the first time since the final election on Saturday
US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris poke their fists before making remarks in Wilmington, Delaware
Supporters gathered in and around their cars – drive-in style – to see Harris and Biden
She thanked her family for their support and her husband Doug, children Cole and Ella, and sister Maya.
She also paid tribute to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and said she was "most responsible for my presence here today".
She added, "When she came here from India at the age of 19, she may not have fully imagined this moment."
“But she believed so deeply in an America where such a moment is possible. So I think of them and the generations of women – black women, Asian, white, Latin American, and Native American women in our nation's history who paved the way for this moment tonight.
"Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women who are too often overlooked but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy."
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Before his death, Congressman John Lewis wrote: “Democracy is not a state. It is an act. & # 39;
And he said America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight to guard it and never take it for granted. And the protection of our democracy requires struggle. It takes sacrifices. There is joy in it and there is progress.
Because we, the people, have the strength to build a better future. And when our democracy was on the ballot in that election and the soul of America was at stake and the world was watching, you ushered in a new day for America.
To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team – thank you for engaging more people than ever before in the democratic process and making this victory possible.
To the election workers and electoral officials in our country who have worked tirelessly to ensure that every vote is counted, our nation owes you a debt for protecting the integrity of our democracy.
And to the Americans who make up our beautiful country – thank you for setting record numbers to get your voices heard. I know times have been challenging, especially in the last few months. The grief, the grief and the pain. The worries and the struggles.
But we also saw your courage, your resilience and the generosity of your spirit. You have marched and organized for 4 years for equality and justice, for our lives and for our planet. And then you voted. You sent a clear message.
You chose hope, unity, decency, science and, yes, truth. You have elected Joe Biden as the next President of the United States of America. Joe is a healer. A uniter. A tested and steady hand.
A person whose own experience of loss gives them meaning that helps us as a nation regain our own meaning. And a man with a big heart who loves with devotion. It is his love for Jill who will be an incredible first lady.
It's his love for Hunter, Ashley, his grandchildren, and the entire Biden family. And when I first met Joe as Vice President, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend, whom we remember here today.
To my husband Doug, our children Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and all of our family – I love you all more than I can say. We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into their families on this incredible journey.
And the woman most responsible for my presence here today – my mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts. When she came here from India at the age of 19, she may not have fully imagined this moment.
But she believed so deeply in an America where such a moment is possible. So I think of them and the generations of women – black women, Asian, white, Latin American, and Native American women in our nation's history who paved the way for this moment tonight.
Women who have fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women who are too often overlooked but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.
All women who have worked for over a century to secure and protect the right to vote: 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Suffrage Act, and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in ours Country that cast their ballot papers and continued the struggle for their basic right to vote and be heard.
Tonight I reflect on her struggle, her determination and the strength of her vision – to see what cannot be weighed down by what was – I stand on her shoulders.
And what proof of Joe's character is that he had the audacity to break one of the greatest barriers in our country and choose a woman to be his vice president.
But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won't be the last. Because every little girl who watches tonight sees that this is a land of opportunity.
And for the children of our country, regardless of their gender, our country has sent you a clear message: dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others may not see you simply because they have never seen it have it before. And we will greet you every step of the way.
To the American people, no matter who you voted for, I will strive to be the Vice President Joe was to President Obama – loyal, honest, and prepared, and waking up every day thinking of you and your families. Because now the real work begins.
The hard work. The necessary work. The good work. The essential work to save lives and beat this pandemic. To rebuild our economy so that it works for the working people. Eradicate systemic racism in our justice system and in our society.
Fight the climate crisis. Unite our land and heal the soul of our nation. The road ahead will not be easy. But America is ready. And Joe and me too.
We have elected a president who represents the best in us. A leader that the world will respect and that our children can look up to. A commander in chief who respects our troops and protects our country. And a president for all Americans.
It is now a great honor for me to introduce the President-Elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden.
In Joe Biden's speech, he announced his victory over Donald Trump and said, "The people gave us a clear victory."
The 77-year-old president-elect took the stage to cheer the crowd after being introduced by Harris.
In his 15-minute speech to the nation, Biden urged Americans to meet after the presidential election.
He appealed to Trump voters, offering a message of hope and compassion to those who have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy.
He thanked his supporters, especially the African American voters who gave him the Democratic nomination and emerged in the general election, along with his campaign staff.
“All over the nation we see cities across the country, indeed all over the world, radiating joy, hope, and new faith. Tomorrow will bring a better day. And I am humble at the trust you have placed in me. I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite. Who does not see red and blue states. Only sees the United States, ”he said.
Hail the boss: Joe Biden spoke in his favor before the nation for the first time since the lengthy election on Saturday
Biden thanked his supporters, particularly the African American voters who gave him the Democratic nomination and emerged in the general election, along with his campaign staff
The new president-elect took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his elected vice president
Biden reached out to the 71 million people who voted for President Trump. He promised to be president of the entire country and urged the nation to heal.
“I said at the beginning that I wanted to represent this campaign, to represent America and to look like this. We did that. Well, for all of you who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I've lost a few times myself, but now we're giving each other a chance, ”he said as the fans honked their cars and cheered.
The 2020 presidential election was one of the most controversial in history. President Trump has not yet conceded and vowed to initiate a series of lawsuits in battlefield states on Monday to contest the outcome.
But Biden said it was time to "stop treating our opponents as our enemies".
“It's time to get rid of the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and make progress. We must stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. You are American. You are American. The Bible tells us about everything that there is a season, a time to build, a time to harvest, and a time to sow, and a time to heal, ”he said.
"This is the time for America to heal," he added.
I will rule as American President. I will work as hard for those who did not vote for me as I did for those who did, ”Biden vowed.
Biden – whose main campaign was largely saved by African American support in South Carolina and other states – gave black supporters a prominent greeting.
& # 39; The African American community stood up for me again. You always had my back – and I'll have yours, ”he said.
He also spoke of "the struggle for racial justice and the elimination of systemic racism in this country".
Hundreds of cars filled the parking lot – drive-in style – and more than 1,000 people sat on the roofs of their vehicles to see the new president-elect and vice-president-elect
In the hours leading up to Biden and Harris' arrival at the Chase Center, spontaneous cheers broke out and Lady Gaga, who ran Biden's last rally in Pennsylvania, played loudly.
Hundreds of cars filled the parking lot – drive-in style – and more than 1,000 people sat on the roofs of their vehicles or drove around in small groups, many cheering and waving American flags or Biden campaign signs.
Supporters were gathered in and around their cars, and even more people had gathered outside of security to cheer on the future president.
After the speeches, Kamala and Doug joined the Biden family on stage as the fireworks went off and music played.
Harris brought her 4-year-old great-niece Amara Ajuga – the daughter of Harris' niece Meena Harris – to the fore. Biden bent down to speak to the young girl, and later the President-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter's baby, while "Simply the Best" played.
The two families, wearing face masks, waved to the cheering and honking crowd of supporters. Only Biden took off his mask.
The group enjoyed every moment of their victory – screeching with joy and pointing at it as the fireworks display spelled "Biden" and embraced.
Supporters gathered in and around their cars – drive-in style – to see Harris and Biden
Supporters sat on their vehicles to get a better view of Harris and Biden
We made it! At that moment, Kamala Harris congratulated Joe Biden on being elected President
It was Pennsylvania, the state where the former Vice President was born – which enabled him to get the electoral college votes needed to kick Trump out of the White House. Nevada was later called in its favor.
The president has not yet admitted and instead tweeted on Saturday night: “I won. BAD THINGS HAPPENED. 71,000,000 legal votes. Most for a seated president! & # 39;
HOW THE VOTE IS FINALLY STACKING FOR JOE
The US election was finally scheduled on Saturday after an excruciating four day wait for Joe Biden to keep the country and the world on the edge of their seats.
The deciding factor was a late morning update from Philadelphia that expanded Biden's lead in Pennsylvania, the state with the most votes for the electoral college, and eventually gave him enough to claim the White House.
Pennsylvania has 20 votes for the electoral college, and by the time he won, Biden had 253. To win the presidency, a candidate needs 270.
To call the state for him, the major news outlets and the Associated Press had to wait until his lead there rose to 0.5% and the number of remaining outstanding ballots was small enough.
They also had to look where they came from. The only outstanding ballots in Pennsylvania on Saturday were in two Biden strongholds. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
As they gradually put the votes together, it became increasingly unlikely that Trump would regain enough lead to potentially win until the networks on Saturday deemed it impossible.
This decision was triggered by an update around 11:15 a.m. Out of 3,000 ballots counted in Philadelphia, Biden won 2,431 and Trump only 356.
It expanded Biden's overall lead in the state of Pennsylvania to 34,414, giving him 3,325,624 versus Trump's 3,311,310, which dropped to 49.6% for Biden and 49.1% for Trump, ultimately creating the magical 0.5% margin that the networks needed to name it.
With the Pennsylvania decision, the remaining votes in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina – all of which were undecided at the time – became irrelevant to the outcome of the presidential race.
If Biden hadn't won Pennsylvania first, he would have needed Arizona – with 11 votes for the electoral college – and Nevada – with 6 votes – to get the victory.
Shortly after, Nevada called its race for Biden and raised Biden's electoral college to 279.
In Nevada, he won 642,604 votes against Trump's 642,604. That gave him a 25,699 lead and gave him 49.91% of the vote compared to Trump's 47.92%.
Arizona is still in the counting, but Biden is ahead of Trump's 48.9% with 49.5% of the vote.
Biden has 1,626,943 votes and Trump has 1,660,370 votes, giving Biden a head start of more than 33,000. It is believed that around 90,000 votes are pending, which is why many networks have not yet called the state for either candidate.
There will be a recount in Georgia because the vote is too close. But Biden only leads there with around 7,000 votes and 0.1%.
North Carolina has still not released its results. Trump comfortably won there throughout the process as he was in Alaska – another state that has not yet been declared.
Together they hold 18 votes for the electoral college (15 for North Carolina and 3 for Alaska), which would not have been enough to put him on the road to victory.
There is no clear answer to why it took Pennsylvania and the other states so long to count their remaining ballots.
One of the factors was postal ballots and different deadlines for them in each state.
In Pennsylvania, for example, officers were ordered not to count postal ballots in a county until 5:00 p.m. on Friday night. That was around 29,000 votes.
In Nevada, they will continue to count postal ballots through November 10th. Until November 12th, they will also count so-called separate ballots.
Biden performed significantly better on the mail-in ballot.
Trump had instructed his supporters to vote in person on election day rather than taking the risk he believes is election fraud across the country.
More aware of the risks of COVID-19, Biden advised people to vote early and vote by mail if they could, which explains why a large number of the mail-in votes went his way.
Separate ballots are another reason for the delay in the states.
Separate ballot papers, or preliminary ballot papers as they are also known, are ballot papers that need to be checked: they cannot be scanned into the system with a quick glance like the others.
They include errors like the wrong date, mismatched signatures, or other minor errors that can delay the counting process.
These ballots are a factor in any election, but they are rarely as important as they are in this race as the margins are usually larger than they are before.
Thus, states typically do not have to rely on these more time consuming ballots to make a decision.
Biden actually set the record, got over 75 million and counted.
Biden's journey to the Chase Center began with his first election to the Senate exactly 48 years ago on November 7, 1972. But the last few days have been long – as the ballots in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona have been counted again and again .
Meanwhile, Trump angrily tweeted and filed lawsuits published by his most loyal allies, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Biden and Harris, who are slated to become the nation's first female vice president and first color, marked the end of the Democratic National Convention in August outside the same venue.
Joe Biden's grandchildren told him he won the election when it was scheduled at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday – and then hugged him with his son Hunter.
Jaeger's daughter Naomi Biden tweeted a picture of the moment they celebrated the end of a roller coaster election, counting crowds taking to the streets in cities across America.
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the vice presidency, posted a video of her solemn phone call with Biden on Twitter on Saturday.
“We did it, Joe. You will be the next President of the United States, ”Harris says to her fellow runner in the short clip.
Harris & # 39; husband Doug Emhoff, a lawyer who will also make history as the nation's first second gentleman, posted a photo of the couple hugging and tweeting, "So proud of you."
Harris and Emhoff were married in 2014 and raised two children from his previous marriage.
Emhoff said goodbye to DLA Piper, where he is a partner, after announcing Harris would join Biden on the Democratic presidential ticket.
As the highest-ranking woman ever elected to the American government, Harris' victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton's defeat four years ago.
Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for the past two decades, serving as the San Francisco District Attorney and Attorney General of California before becoming a U.S. Senator.
After Harris finished her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden selected her as his fellow campaigner. You will be sworn in as President and Vice President on January 20th.
During the campaign, President Donald Trump and his campaign sought to portray Harris as a radical left influence who would bring a radical agenda to the Biden administration.
When the election for Biden was scheduled for Saturday, Harris tweeted, “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 still have a lot of work to do. Let's get started. & # 39;
Biden's selection of running mates had additional significance as he will be the oldest president ever inaugurated at 78 and has made no commitments to seek a second term in 2024.
Harris was born in 1964 to two parents who are active in the civil rights movement. Shyamala Gopalan from India and Donald Harris from Jamaica met at the University of California at Berkeley, a stronghold of activism in the 1960s.
They divorced when Harris and her sister were girls, and Harris was raised by her late mother, who she views as the most important influence in her life.
Kamala is Sanskrit for "lotus flower", and Harris nodded to her Indian heritage throughout the campaign, including a reference to her "chitthis", a Tamil word for a maternal aunt, in her first speech as Biden's runner-up.
When Georgia Senator David Perdue mocked her name at a rally in October, the hashtag #MyNameIs started on Twitter, with South Asians sharing the meanings behind their names.
In contrast, Trump finally responded to the presidential election being scheduled after almost six hours on Saturday – and sparked a tweet on Twitter with all the capital cities saying, "I won the election."
As thousands celebrated outside the White House, he tweeted a flurry of complaints – all with no evidence – that "bad things had happened".
Trump had learned his fate on his own golf course and had snuck back into the White House through a side gate to avoid the festivities outside about two hours before his tweet.
The election was scheduled for 11:25 a.m. on Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press for Biden when he was ahead of 30,000 in Pennsylvania, four days after the polls closed.
CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, AP, and USA Today all made the call, and Fox News followed 10 minutes later after Biden received additional votes in Philadelphia, where officials had been poring over postal ballots for days.
Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, eventually pushed Biden over the line. Shortly thereafter, Nevada was called for him. Jetzt bleiben nur Arizona, Alaska und North Carolina unberufen, aber keiner kann das Wahlergebnis jetzt ändern.
Innerhalb von Minuten nach dem Anruf brachen in den großen Städten spontane Feierlichkeiten aus, als die Leute auf den Straßen jubelten, tanzten und Hörner hupten.
Trump spielte zu der Zeit Golf. Er hat sich geweigert, das Ergebnis zu akzeptieren, und behauptet, Biden habe versucht, sich fälschlicherweise als Sieger auszugeben. He vowed to maintain challenging results that he considers a "fraud" and create the potential for weeks of chaos and constitutional crisis. He was on his course in Sterling, Virginia when the news broke and was photographed talking to his three golf partners shortly afterwards.
Trump kam am Samstagnachmittag wieder im Weißen Haus an, während Biden-Anhänger das Gebiet überfluteten, um seinen Sieg zu feiern
Präsident Trump kam ins Weiße Haus zurück, nachdem er auf dem Golfplatz herausgefunden hatte, dass die Wahl für Biden anberaumt worden war
Trump hat keine unmittelbaren Pläne, Biden zu einem Treffen im Oval Office einzuladen, eine Tradition zwischen scheidenden und ankommenden Präsidenten, berichtete CNN. Then Barack Obama hosted such a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, two days after this year's presidential election.
The Philadelphia vote raised Biden's lead in Pennsylvania to 34,558, more than 0.5%, just after 11 a.m. – which undoubtedly brought the result to the state. That brought him to 273 votes – and put the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House. Less than an hour later, networks called Nevada and put it on 279.
The states of Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina should also be mentioned. Biden has been ahead in every country except North Carolina, and if he stays that way, he will have 302 votes for the electoral college, just like Trump did in 2016.
Kamala Harris, his runner-up, becomes the first female vice president and the first black and Asian American vice president. She was on her way when the call came.
Biden tweeted, “America, I am honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be tough, but I promise you this: I will be President for all Americans, whether you voted for me or not. I'll keep the faith you put in me & # 39;
Als Jill das Bild von ihnen twitterte, sagte sie: "Er wird ein Präsident für alle unsere Familien sein."
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