Quite frankly, today is probably the most relaxing and peaceful Monday of 2020. Over the weekend, on Saturday morning to be exact, multiple news outlets finally called the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
After an anxiety-inducing week that felt like a month – with electoral college votes from states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania holding the keys to a 270 required vote victory – there was finally a sigh of relief and a reason to celebrate. AP finally made the call at 11:26am ET on November 7, announcing that Joe Biden had won and will be the 46th President of the United States of America. His running mate, Kamala Harris, makes history as not only the first female Vice President, but the first Asian American and first African American to hold that office.
Both Biden and Harris gave a brief victory speech on Saturday night. The Vice President-elect said “I may be the first, but won’t be the last,” regarding her historic achievement. The President-elect said that he will immediately put together a transition team of scientists to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that still runs rampant throughout the country and get it under control. The 59th Presidential Inauguration is expected to occur on January 20, 2021 in Washington D.C. You can relive the victory speeches below and we’re sure you’ve already seen all the memes and cartoons on the internet.
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