CNN, Fox News and other major news outlets took the plunge Saturday afternoon and declared former vice president Joe Biden as winner of the 2020 presidential election, ignoring unverified claims by President Donald Trump that the count was unfair to him.
Biden had been on the cusp of victory for days as states like Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia had us all watching endless hours of cable television waiting for results. Thanks to huge turnout numbers from the Black communities in Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other cities, Biden was able to push past the 270 mark with a win in Pennsylvania.
Nine of Trump's lawsuits against the vote count have either been thrown out or denied, and his advisors have told him to prepare for the reality that he has lost, according to the Wall Street Journal. But Trump, as one would expect, is not taking it well.
THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
He continues to deny that he lost, and the Wall Street Journal said he does not have plans to concede.
But Trump's reticence to accepting reality has done little to damper the happiness of millions of Americans desperate to get him out of the White House.
There's been partying, memes, horn honking and more in cities across the country, and the world, as it becomes clear Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, will take office in January.
I ❤ NYC
LOOK AT THIS JOY pic.twitter.com/1Pt9jzM6gz
— Aleda Gagarin for NYC Council D29 (@AledaGagarin) November 7, 2020
Science walking back into the White House like pic.twitter.com/2whVdI1ycJ
— March For Science (@MarchForScience) November 7, 2020
The Washington Post reported that the loss will make Trump one of the ten presidents in history to lose after their first term, and he is the first to do it since George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Biden and Harris are a history-making duo themselves, marking a number of firsts for the White House. Biden has wasted little time in getting started, announcing a COVID-19 task force that will be created on Monday, according to Axios.
The task force will be led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University.
During a speech the night before his win, Biden said dealing with the pandemic was the most pressing issues facing the country.
"I want people to know that we're not waiting to get the work done. We want everyone to know on day one we are going to put our plan to control this virus into action. We can't save any of the lives that have been lost, but we can save a lot of lives in the months ahead," Biden said, according to CBS News.
On Friday, 1,186 people died from COVID-19 and the country set a new daily record with more than 126,000 new cases.