America & the World Celebrates as Biden & Harris Call for Healing
It felt like the nation had deposed a despot yesterday as Americans took to the streets to celebrate Joe Biden's victory. Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud just seemed to invigorate the crowds, his lies about the election just a reminder of so many others during his presidency. It will take years to repair the damage that Trump has done to America's democratic institutions and our standing in the world, but the nation deserved one day to simply rejoice.
CNN: "From New York to Miami in the East and Denver and Austin out West, Biden supporters flooded into the streets after CNN and other news organizations projected Biden as the winner Saturday morning, honking horns, cheering, dancing and popping champagne."
And, in what must feel like a stinging rebuke to the President, America's business community seemed relieved, bordering on elated, over Joe Biden's victory. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase expressed the sentiment of many saying, "We are a stronger country when we treat each other with dignity, share a commitment to a common purpose and are united to address our greater challenges."
Biden and Harris also received messages of congratulations from across the globe. The Mayor of Paris tweeted, “Welcome back America," capturing the feeling of many of America's closest allies who have felt abandoned during Trump's presidency.
Last night in Wilmington, DE, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spoke eloquently about the significance of their victory in changing the political climate in America and offered a hand to Trump's supporters to join a united effort to address the nation's challenges. Their tone was inclusive and they were humble in victory, but they surely understand that while Donald Trump was defeated, Trumpism will survive to plague the nation for years to come.
In the years ahead, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will have the unenviable task of repairing the rifts in America while also fighting a global pandemic and revitalizing the nation's battered economy. Still, yesterday we took the first step; we celebrated the strength, the vibrancy of our democracy. And, despite all the battles to come, we deserve one day to relish that first victory.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content