After days of post-election vote-counting, Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the nation’s 46th commander in chief.
With all eyes on Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, it was the Keystone State’s 20 electoral college votes that put Biden over the top and help America send the message Trump had become known for years earlier during his “Apprentice” reality television show: “You’re fired!”
“Trump finds out Biden won while he’s playing golf,” Washington Informer journalist Anthony Tilghman tweeted as Trump played golf at his National Club in Sterling, Va.
Reportedly, it’s the 410th day the president spent at one of his namesake properties since taking office.
“This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it,” Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, tweeted alongside a video. “We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”
When Biden and Harris are sworn in on Jan. 20, the California senator will become the first Black vice president in U.S. history.
After what some fear will be the most contentious and violent post-election in American history, inauguration ceremonies will occur. Demonstrators had already gathered outside of vote counting centers around the nation while Americans waited anxiously for results from Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada.
Chants of “Stop the count!” turned to “Stop the steal!” at state buildings by pro-Trump supporters. The president egged on the commotion, tweeting false claims about voter fraud, saying the “Democrats are trying to steal the election.”
With little question, Black voters pushed Biden over the top.
Biden trailed the president in Pennsylvania but as the count included predominately Black Philadelphia and surrounding counties, Trump’s lead disappeared and the Democrat prevailed.
That scenario repeated itself in Georgia, where Atlanta and Fulton County also came through for the former vice president.