Joe Biden makes his victory speech in Delaware

Joe Biden promises to ‘end the era of demonizaton’ and reaches out to disappointed Trump supporters in his first speech as president-elect with his family on stage – as Jared Kushner tells the holed-up President it’s time to concede

  • Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time since the drawn out election was called in his favor Saturday
  • The new president-elect took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his vice-president elect
  • Biden vowed to unite the nation, pledging to a be a ‘president for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not’, as he called on the country to heal
  • During her speech earlier, Kamala Harris praised Biden as ‘a healer. A uniter. A tested and steady hand’
  • Biden scored a narrow victory for the presidency and defeated President Donald Trump after reaching 273 Electoral College votes by winning Pennsylvania 
  • At 11.25am, as the president played golf at his Virginia course, TV networks almost simultaneously called the election for Biden 
  • In Wilmington, DE, car horns honked in celebration and on CNN commentator Van Jones cried 
  • Trump had tweeted claims of election fraud earlier in the morning and issued a statement saying: ‘Legal counts decide the election not the news media.’
  • Biden will become the oldest president when he takes office at 78, the second Catholic and and is the third person to knock off an incumbent in 100 years, and the first since Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992 

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Joe Biden proclaimed his victory over Donald Trump as he addressed the nation for the first time since the election was called in his favor on Saturday night saying: ‘The people have delivered us a clear victory.’

The 77-year-old president-elect took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his vice-president elect, to cheers from a crowd who had driven in to hear him. 

Biden called on Americans to come together after the election, making an appeal to Trump voters and offering a message of hope and sympathy to those who have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting affect on the economy.  

Two hours after Biden spoke, there began to be signs of movement in the White House, as CNN reported that Jared Kushner had told his father-in-law it was time to concede, ending speculation about who would have to tell the president that it was time to end tweet after tweet of denial and defiance and let the peaceful transition of power begin. 

White House sources earlier told the Washington Post Trump’s team had begun playing the blame game for the president’s failed re-election bid, with Kushner being in the line of fire. 

In his 15-minute speech Saturday, Biden thanked his supporters, particularly African American voters who gave him the Democratic nomination and turned out in the general election, along with his campaign staff.

After his remarks, the entire Biden family – including his son Hunter with his new baby and the Biden grandchildren – came out on stage to join Joe and Jill. Confetti cannons fired and fireworks went off as ‘Bring Me a Higher Love’ played.

‘We’re seeing all over the nation, cities across the country, indeed across the world outpouring of joy and hope and renewed faith,’ Biden said in his address.  

‘Tomorrow will bring a better day. And I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn’t see red states and blue states. Only sees the United States.’

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Hail to the chief: Joe Biden delivered his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday after the election was finally called in his favor following a four-day ballot counting process

Hail to the chief: Joe Biden delivered his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday after the election was finally called in his favor following a four-day ballot counting process 

The new president-elect and vice president-elect were joined by their family members on the outdoor stage after they both addressed the nation, proclaiming their victory

The new president-elect and vice president-elect were joined by their family members on the outdoor stage after they both addressed the nation, proclaiming their victory 

In his 15-minute speech to the country, Biden called on Americans to come together and made an appeal to Trump voters. The president-elect and Kamala Harris are seen reacting to the crowd alongside their respective spouses

In his 15-minute speech to the country, Biden called on Americans to come together and made an appeal to Trump voters. The president-elect and Kamala Harris are seen reacting to the crowd alongside their respective spouses 

After his remarks, the entire Biden family – including his son Hunter with his new baby and the Biden grandchildren – came out on stage to join Joe and Jill

After his remarks, the entire Biden family – including his son Hunter with his new baby and the Biden grandchildren – came out on stage to join Joe and Jill

Biden's embattled son Hunter Biden was seen congratulating his father on stage in his first public appearance since the email allegations against him emerged

Biden’s embattled son Hunter Biden was seen congratulating his father on stage in his first public appearance since the email allegations against him emerged

Biden planted a kiss on his young grandson's head after he was taken on stage by Hunter and his new wife Melissa Cohen

Biden planted a kiss on his young grandson’s head after he was taken on stage by Hunter and his new wife Melissa Cohen 

The election result means Biden will become the second Catholic president in American history

The election result means Biden will become the second Catholic president in American history

A member of the Biden family sported a '46' protective mask on stage, representing Biden's status as the 46th US president

A member of the Biden family sported a ’46’ protective mask on stage, representing Biden’s status as the 46th US president

Biden reached out to the 71 million people who voted for President Trump, vowing to be a president for the entire country and calling on the nation to heal.

‘I said at the outset I wanted to represent this campaign to represent and look like America. We’ve done that. Now for all those of you who voted President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself, but now let’s give each other a chance,’ he said as supporters honked their cars and cheered.

The 2020 presidential election was one of the most divisive in history. President Trump has yet to concede and vowed to launch of series of lawsuits in battleground states on Monday to contest the result.

But Biden said it was time to ‘stop treating our opponents as our enemies.’

‘It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They are Americans. The bible tells us to everything there is a season, a time to build, a time to reap, and a time to sow and a time to heal,’ he said.

‘This is the time to heal in America,’ he added. ‘I will govern as an American president. I’ll work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did,’ Biden vowed.

Biden – whose primary campaign was salvaged in large part by African American support in South Carolina and other states – gave a prominent shout-out to black supporters.

‘The African American community stood up again for me. You’ve always had my back – and I’ll have yours,’ he said.

Biden vowed to unite the nation, pledging to a be a 'president for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not', as he called on the country to heal

Biden vowed to unite the nation, pledging to a be a ‘president for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not’, as he called on the country to heal

Family members reacted with joy and excitement as they joined President-elect Biden on stage after his speech. Above, Ashley Blazer Biden, Joe and Jill's only daughter, congratulates her father with a hug

Family members reacted with joy and excitement as they joined President-elect Biden on stage after his speech. Above, Ashley Blazer Biden, Joe and Jill’s only daughter, congratulates her father with a hug 

The two families, wearing face masks, waved to the cheering and honking crowd of supporters. Only Biden removed his mask

The two families, wearing face masks, waved to the cheering and honking crowd of supporters. Only Biden removed his mask

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris brought her four-year-old great-niece, Amara Ajuga - the daughter of Harris's niece, Meena Harris (far right in tan suit) - to the forefront, along with stepchildren Cole (between Biden and Harris) and Ella (rear)

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris brought her four-year-old great-niece, Amara Ajuga – the daughter of Harris’s niece, Meena Harris (far right in tan suit) – to the forefront, along with stepchildren Cole (between Biden and Harris) and Ella (rear)

Biden bent down to talk to the young girl and later the president-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter's baby boy, while 'Simply the Best' played

Biden bent down to talk to the young girl and later the president-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter’s baby boy, while ‘Simply the Best’ played

President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden hug on stage after his address

Biden is embraced by his granddaughter after speaking during his election rally

President-elect Joe Biden hugs wife Jill and granddaughter Naomi (right) on stage after his address to the nation

The new president-elect took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his vice-president elect

The new president-elect took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his vice-president elect

Harris's niece, Meena Harris, congratulated her aunt on Instagram where she shared a photo of her 'Vice President Auntie' with her young grand-nieces

Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, congratulated her aunt on Instagram where she shared a photo of her ‘Vice President Auntie’ with her young grand-nieces 

Biden puts his faith at center of his address to nation as president-elect quoting the Bible and his favorite hymn – and on path to being the second Catholic president

Joe Biden, who will become the second Catholic president in American history, made his faith a part of his message when he addressed the nation on Saturday night. 

‘We must restore the soul of America,’ was a line he used many times in his campaign speeches and one he repeated in his first address as the president-elect.

Biden, who goes to church nearly every Sunday morning and attended mass on Election Day, carries a rosary with him that belonged to his late son Beau Biden.

During his speech on Saturday night, as part of his appeal for the nation to come together after the presidential campaign, he quoted his favorite hymn: ‘On Eagles Wings.’ 

‘In the last days of the campaign, I’ve been thinking about a hymn that means a lot to me and to my family, particularly my deceased son Beau. It captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America,’ Biden said.

He said he hoped it could bring comfort to the families who lost a loved one to COVID, which has taken the lives of more than 237,000 Americans. 

‘I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the more than 230,000 families who have lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well,’ he said.

He then quoted the words of the song, which are based on Psalm 91, Book of Exodus 19, and Gospel of Matthew 13:

‘And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, 

Bear you on the breath of dawn,

Make you to shine like the sun,

And hold you in the palm of His Hand.’ 

Biden closed his speech by asking the country to come together. 

‘And now, together — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do,’ he said. ‘With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with a love of country — and a thirst for justice — let us be the nation that we know we can be. A nation united.’

Catholics made up 22 per cent of the electorate in the 2020 election and were nearly split down the middle between Biden and President Donald Trump, according to AP VoteCast – Trump got 50 per cent of the Catholic vote while 49 per cent went with Biden. 

Biden talks frequently about his faith and how it helped him overcome the personal tragedies in his life, including the death of his wife and daughter in a 1972 car crash and in 2015, when his son Beau died from cancer. 

He attends St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Wilmington, where his son Beau is buried as his first wife and their daughter. In Washington D.C., he goes to mass at St. John’s Church in Georgetown. Speaker Nancy Pelosi also goes to mass there when she is town.

He and Jill were married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City. 

‘Keep the faith,’ is a mantra Biden repeats often and one he will likely use in the White House. 

In 2008, as vice-president elect and shortly before his inauguration, Biden and his family attended mass and received communion at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the same Roman Catholic church President John F. Kennedy attended just hours before his inauguration. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president. 

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He also spoke of ‘the battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country.’

Harris the first woman and the first black woman to be elected vice president, also listed ended ‘systemic racism’ as a top administration priority.

Black supporters were critical to Biden’s narrow margin in Georgia, which is headed for a recount but still represents a major achievement for a Democrat. 

The president-elect spoke of the missed moments due to the coronavirus pandemic and said he’d have a plan ready to go.

Biden said on Monday that he would name a group of leading experts and scientists to a COVID-19 taskforce that would put together an ‘action blueprint’ ready to go on inauguration day.

‘I will spare no effort or any commitment to turn around this pandemic,’ Biden pledged.

Biden, who will become the second Catholic president in American history, also made his faith a part of his message.

‘We must restore the soul of America,’ was a line he used many times in his campaign speeches and one he repeated in his first address as the president-elect.

Biden, who goes to church nearly every Sunday morning and attended mass on Election Day, carries a rosary with him that belonged to his late son Beau Biden.

During his speech on Saturday night, as part of his appeal for the nation to come together after the presidential campaign, he quoted his favorite hymn: ‘On Eagles Wings.’

‘In the last days of the campaign, I’ve been thinking about a hymn that means a lot to me and to my family, particularly my deceased son Beau. It captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America,’ Biden said. 

He said he hoped it could bring comfort to the families who lost a loved one to COVID, which has taken the lives of more than 237,000 Americans. 

He then quoted the words of the song, which are based on Psalm 91, Book of Exodus 19, and Gospel of Matthew 13. Biden closed his speech by asking the country to come together.

‘And now, together — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do,’ he said. ‘With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with a love of country — and a thirst for justice — let us be the nation that we know we can be. A nation united.’

As family members gathered onstage confetti cannons went off – then fireworks – and behind them the BIDEN campaign logo was spelled using drones in the sky. 

That transitioned into a map of the United States, president-elect, Harris and the number 46, as Biden will be the 46th US president. 

With a speech meant to establish himself as the nation’s next president, Biden did not even mention the legal battle with President Trump over the vote count.

It was a stunning contrast to the president – who spent the day tweeting about unfounded allegations of election fraud, claimed he ‘won’ by ‘a lot,’ boasted of his own 71 million ‘legal’ votes without mentioning Bidens, and claimed his observers weren’t allowed into counting rooms.

In previous statements since Tuesday, Biden called for patience and allowing remaining votes to be counted. He didn’t mention that either.

Instead, he kept his comments referencing President Trump vague. He called to ‘restore decency to politics’ and spoke of a battle between our ‘better angels’ and worst impulses.

‘What presidents say in this battle matters,’ Biden said. ‘It’s time for our better angels to prevail.’ 

President Trump spent Saturday night in the White House with first lady Melania Trump after spending the day at his Virginia golf course. 

It’s unclear if he watched Biden’s remarks and whether any of his adult children were with him. 

He did not tweet while Biden spoke. 

Across America, millions stopped to tune in to Biden’s victory speech as it aired on jumbotrons in the streets  and television screens at bars and restaurants. 

In New York City, thousands of Biden supporters toting American flags and Biden-Harris campaign banners gathered in Times Square to watch the next US president address his people. 

Many were overcome with emotion, hugging and crying tears of joy as they welcomed the next four years of a Democratic leader. 

Harris and Biden’s speeches were the culmination to a historic day in the United States that saw street parties and celebrations erupt in cities across the country. 

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds gather in Times Square to watch Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden deliver his victory speech after media announced he won the 2020 US presidential election

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds gather in Times Square to watch Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden deliver his victory speech after media announced he won the 2020 US presidential election

NEW YORK CITY: Two women react as Biden addresses the American people as president-elect for the first time

NEW YORK CITY: Two women react as Biden addresses the American people as president-elect for the first time

NEW YORK CITY: A woman holds up an American flag as she watches Biden's speech in Times Square

NEW YORK CITY: A woman holds up an American flag as she watches Biden’s speech in Times Square 

NEW YORK CITY: The city was abuzz with excitement over Biden's victory after the world waited four days for the results of the most divisive US presidential election in history

NEW YORK CITY: The city was abuzz with excitement over Biden’s victory after the world waited four days for the results of the most divisive US presidential election in history

NEW YORK CITY: People watch a speech by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris after media announced she and presidential nominee Joe Biden won

NEW YORK CITY: People watch a speech by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris after media announced she and presidential nominee Joe Biden won

LOS ANGELES: Women wrapped in a US flag celebrate in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California after Joe Biden was declared winner

LOS ANGELES: Women wrapped in a US flag celebrate in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California after Joe Biden was declared winner

HOUSTON: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris cheer as they watch the broadcast of their speech at a watch party in Houston, Texas

HOUSTON: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris cheer as they watch the broadcast of their speech at a watch party in Houston, Texas

WASHINGTON, DC: A Biden supporter becomes emotional as she watched the president-elect's speech from BLM Plaza in the nation's capital on Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC: A Biden supporter becomes emotional as she watched the president-elect’s speech from BLM Plaza in the nation’s capital on Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds gathered outside in the Castro District of San Francisco to listen to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak

SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds gathered outside in the Castro District of San Francisco to listen to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak 

ATLANTA: Mackenzie Bjorgan, a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden, listens to his address at Manuels Tavern on November 7, in Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA: Mackenzie Bjorgan, a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden, listens to his address at Manuels Tavern on November 7, in Atlanta, Georgia

READ PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN’S VICTORY SPEECH IN FULL

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken.They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for ‘We the People.’

We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million. I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me. I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.

Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States. And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people. For that is what America is about: The people. And that is what our Administration will be about.

I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation — the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.

It is the honor of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision. And now the work of making this vision real is the task of our time.

As I said many times before, I’m Jill’s husband. I would not be here without the love and tireless support of Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses, and all our family.

They are my heart. Jill’s a mom — a military mom — and an educator.

She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching isn’t just what she does — it’s who she is. For America’s educators, this is a great day: You’re going to have one of your own in the White House, and Jill is going to make a great First Lady.

And I will be honored to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country.

It’s long overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. But once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

Kamala, Doug — like it or not — you’re family. You’ve become honorary Bidens and there’s no way out. To all those who volunteered, worked the polls in the middle of this pandemic, local election officials — you deserve a special thanks from this nation.

To my campaign team, and all the volunteers, to all those who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible, I owe you everything. And to all those who supported us: I am proud of the campaign we built and ran. I am proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse in history.

Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old. Urban, suburban and rural. Gay, straight, transgender. White. Latino. Asian. Native American.

And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest — the African American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.

I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.

And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.

I’ve lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again.

To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.

The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.

Now that the campaign is over — what is the people’s will? What is our mandate? I believe it is this: Americans have called on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.

The battle to control the virus. The battle to build prosperity. The battle to secure your family’s health care. The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country. The battle to save the climate. The battle to restore decency, defend democracy, and give everybody in this country a fair shot.

Our work begins with getting COVID under control. We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most precious moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us — until we get this virus under control.

On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021.

That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.

I ran as a proud Democrat. I will now be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me — as those who did. Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now.

The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make.

And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate. That’s the choice I’ll make. And I call on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that choice with me.

The American story is about the slow, yet steady widening of opportunity. Make no mistake: Too many dreams have been deferred for too long.

We must make the promise of the country real for everybody — no matter their race, their ethnicity, their faith, their identity, or their disability. America has always been shaped by inflection points — by moments in time where we’ve made hard decisions about who we are and what we want to be.

Lincoln in 1860 — coming to save the Union. FDR in 1932 — promising a beleaguered country a New Deal. JFK in 1960 — pledging a New Frontier. And twelve years ago — when Barack Obama made history — and told us, ‘Yes, we can.’

We stand again at an inflection point. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America.  We must restore the soul of America.

Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.

Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe. And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. I’ve always believed we can define America in one word: Possibilities.

That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them. You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We’re always looking ahead.

Ahead to an America that’s freer and more just. Ahead to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Ahead to an America that cures disease — like cancer and Alzheimers. Ahead to an America that never leaves anyone behind. Ahead to an America that never gives up, never gives in.

This is a great nation. And we are a good people. This is the United States of America. And there has never been anything we haven’t been able to do when we’ve done it together.

In the last days of the campaign, I’ve been thinking about a hymn that means a lot to me and to my family, particularly my deceased son Beau. It captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America.

And I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the more than 230,000 families who have lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well.

‘And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand.’ And now, together — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do.

With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with a love of country — and a thirst for justice — let us be the nation that we know we can be.

A nation united. A nation strengthened. A nation healed. The United States of America. God bless you. And may God protect our troops.

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Earlier, Biden’s grandchildren had told him he had the won the election when it was called for by at 11.25am Saturday – then hugged him with his son Hunter. 

Naomi Biden, Hunter’s daughter, tweeted a picture of the moment they celebrated the end of a rollercoaster election and count, as in cities across America crowds took to the streets. 

In contrast Trump finally reacted to the presidential election being called after almost six hours Saturday – unleashing an all-capitals tirade on Twitter saying: ‘I WON THE ELECTION.’

As thousands partied outside the White House, he Tweeted a barrage of complaints – all without evidence – that ‘bad things happened.’

Trump had learned his fate on his own golf course, and been sneaked back in to the White House by a side gate to avoid the celebrations outside about two hours before his tweet.

The election was called for Biden at 11.25am Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press as he passed a 30,000 lead in Pennsylvania, an agonizing four days after the polls closed. 

CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call and Fox News followed suit 10 minutes later after Biden picked up more votes in Philadelphia, where officials had been working through mail-in ballots for days. 

Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, finally pushed Biden over the line. Nevada was called for him shortly afterwards. Now, only Arizona, Alaska and North Carolina remain uncalled but none can alter the election outcome now. 

Jill Biden tweeted this photograph on Saturday afternoon, around two hours after the election was called for her husband. The pair were at home in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Biden will speak tonight at 8pm EST

Jill Biden tweeted this photograph on Saturday afternoon, around two hours after the election was called for her husband. The pair were at home in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Biden will speak tonight at 8pm EST 

Trump arriving back at the White House on Saturday afternoon while Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Trump arriving back at the White House on Saturday afternoon while Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Trump arriving back at the White House on Saturday afternoon while Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Within minutes of the call being made, spontaneous celebrations broke out in major cities as people cheered, danced and honked horns in the streets. 

Trump has no immediate plans to invite Biden to an Oval Office meeting, a tradition between outgoing and incoming presidents, CNN reported. Then Barack Obama hosted Trump for such a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, two days after that year’s presidential election. 

Votes in Philadelphia pushed Biden’s margin in must-win Pennsylvania to 34,558, more than 0.5%, just after 11am – putting the result in the state beyond doubt. That took him to 273 electoral votes –  putting the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House. Less than an hour later Nevada was called by networks, putting him on 279.

The states of Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina were still to be called.  Biden was ahead in all but North Carolina, and if he stays that way he will have 302 electoral college votes, the same as Trump in 2016.

Kamala Harris, his running mate, becomes the first female vice president, and the first black and Asian-American vice president. She was out for a run when the call came.

Biden tweeted: ‘America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.’ 

Jill, when tweeting the picture of them, said: ‘He will be a President for all our families.’ 

Donald Trump’s aides start the blame game and immediately focus on Jared Kushner for election loss as ‘black’ mood in COVID-hit White House turns ugly

Donald Trump‘s team has begun the blame game for the president’s failed re-election bid and the early fire is aimed at Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who serves as a senior adviser in the White House.

Jared Kushner seen leaving his home in Washington D.C. on Saturday

Jared Kushner seen leaving his home in Washington D.C. on Saturday

Kushner wears many hats in the Trump world – de facto chief of staff, keeper of the president’s moods, front man on the Middle East, coordinator on the coronavirus plus the brains behind the re-election effort.

He made it clear from the beginning he was involved in all major campaign decisions when it came to securing the president a second term. Brad Parscale, the former campaign manager who ran the campaign in the early days, reported to Kushner and was a loyalist to the presidential son-in-law.

Kushner is a constant presence at the president’s side.

He was with Trump on his final, two-day, seven-state, 10 rally campaign swing. The president brought him up on stage at one rally and pointed him out during several others but, most of the time, the Kushner stood backstage, focused intently on the scene of thousands of supporters cheering on Trump, few with facial masks and no social distancing. Unlike other aides, Kushner didn’t join them in dancing the ‘YMCA’  – the song that closed out Trump rallies.

Kushner also was with the president on Election Day, joining him on a visit to campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and spending the evening watching returns with him and other members of the first family in the residence at the White House. 

‘The only constant in this campaign, from Day One, to the very last day, was Kushner,’ a Trump ally told The Washington Post. ‘So if the president wins, Kushner deserves credit, but if he loses, Kushner deserves the blame.’ 

But a senior administration official defended Kushner’s work, saying without it the result from the 2020 contest would be much worse. 

Jared Kushner is a constant presence at President Donald Trump's side - above he is seen behind the president, with campaign manager Bill Stepien, when Trump visited his campaign headquarters on Election Day

Jared Kushner is a constant presence at President Donald Trump’s side – above he is seen behind the president, with campaign manager Bill Stepien, when Trump visited his campaign headquarters on Election Day

President Trump was on his Virginia golf course on Saturday when the presidential race was called for Democratic rival Joe Biden

President Trump was on his Virginia golf course on Saturday when the presidential race was called for Democratic rival Joe Biden

‘The expectation was the campaign would beaten by a large margin and, thanks to the infrastructure Jared set up, it came down to a few thousand votes in a few states,’ the senior administration official told DailyMail.com.

Votes are still being tallied but Biden carried battleground states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada by a few percentage points. 

Also garnering some blame was Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr who ran the campaign’s fundraising operation. Trump was outraised by Biden and struggled to stay on the airwaves in the final weeks of the campaign.

Campaign aides told Politico that Guilfoyle’s operation ‘underperformed and was an HR nightmare.’

Trump, meanwhile, spent his Saturday morning on the golf course at his club in Sterling, Virginia, which is where he was when the race was called for Biden. 

After he played 18 rounds, he stopped to take a photo with a bride getting married there as supporters cheered him on, according to video posted to Twitter

He’s shown no signs of conceding and, in a statement released by the campaign, vowed it wasn’t over.

‘The simple fact is this election is far from over,’ Trump said.

Additionally, the president won’t be making a concession call to Biden. 

‘No scheduling updates,’ deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told DailyMail.com when asked if such a conversation would happen.

Kamala Harris delivers historic first speech as vice-president elect saying Americans chose ‘hope, unity and decency’ – and tells crowd ‘I may be the first woman in this office, but I won’t be the last’  

Kamala Harris put her place in history at the center of her first speech as Vice President-elect, as she joined President-elect Joe Biden on stage to celebrate their victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Harris spoke first, outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware – the town where Biden centered his 48-year political career. She entered the stage dressed all in white while Mary J Blige’s track Work That played. 

‘Good evening, good evening, good evening,’ she said, over the sound of honking car horns at the drive-in rally.

Harris said voters had chosen ‘hope, unity, decency, science, and, yes, truth,’ in choosing her and Biden over President Donald Trump.

She also made reference to her history-making role as Biden´s running mate, saying: ‘While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last.’

Harris noted her ascension to the role comes 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified and 55 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which expanded who could participate in American democracy.

Harris and Biden celebrated their victory over President Donald Trump Saturday as the man they defeated refused to accept defeat

Harris and Biden celebrated their victory over President Donald Trump Saturday as the man they defeated refused to accept defeat

Harris introduced Biden on stage to cheers for adoring fans in Wilmington, Delaware

Harris introduced Biden on stage to cheers for adoring fans in Wilmington, Delaware

She praised Joe Biden for having ‘the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country’ by selecting a woman as his running mate.

‘Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a county of possibilities,’ Harris said.

Harris opened her first speech as Vice President-elect with a tribute to civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, who died in July.

‘Congressman John Lewis before his passing wrote: ‘Democracy is not a state, it is an act.’ Democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.

‘It takes struggle, it takes sacrifice, but there is joy in it and there is progress because we the people have the power to build a better future.

‘When our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.’  

She also thanked the poll workers, saying ‘you have protected the integrity of our democracy.’ Never before had there been such focus on the count.

She thanked her family for their support, thanking her husband Doug, children Cole and Ella, and sister Maya.

Vice President-elect  Kamala Harris and her husband Doug pose with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill

Vice President-elect  Kamala Harris and her husband Doug pose with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill

 She also paid tribute to her mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, saying she is ‘most responsible for my presence here today.’

She added: ‘When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment.’

‘But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. So, I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black Women, Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight.

‘Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all, including the Black women, who are too often overlooked, but so often Prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.’

In the hours leading up to Biden and Harris’ arrival to the Chase Center, spontaneous cheering broke out and Lady Gaga – who headlined Biden’s final rally in Pennsylvania – loudly played.

Hundreds of cars filled the parking lot – drive-in movie theater-style – and more than 1,000 people sat on the roofs of their vehicles or milled around in small groups nearby, many cheering and waving American flags or Biden campaign signs.

Supporters were gathered in and around their cars and even more people had clustered outside the perimeter security to cheer on the soon-to-be president.

After the speeches Kamala and Doug joined the Biden family on stage as the fireworks went off and music played.

Harris brought her four-year-old great-niece, Amara Ajuga – the daughter of Harris’s niece, Meena Harris – to the forefront. Biden bent down to talk to the young girl and later the president-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter’s baby boy, while ‘Simply the Best’ played.

The two families, wearing face masks, waved to the cheering and honking crowd of supporters. Only Biden removed his mask.

The group enjoyed every moment of their victory – screeching in delight and pointing when the fireworks spelled out ‘Biden’ and hugging each other. 

READ VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS’S VICTORY SPEECH IN FULL

Good evening.

Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote: ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’

And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice. There is joy in it and there is progress.

Because We The People have the power to build a better future. And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.

To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team — thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process and for making this victory possible.

To the poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted — our nation owes you a debt of gratitude as you have protected the integrity of our democracy.

And to the American people who make up our beautiful country — thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard. I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months. The grief, sorrow, and pain. The worries and the struggles.

But we’ve also witnessed your courage, your resilience, and the generosity of your spirit. For 4 years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives, and for our planet. And then, you voted. You delivered a clear message.

You chose hope, unity, decency, science, and, yes, truth. You chose 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 him a sense of purpose that will help us, as a nation, reclaim our own sense of purpose. And a man with a big heart who loves with abandon. It’s 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 while I first knew Joe as Vice President, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend, who we remember here today.

To my husband Doug, our children Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and our whole family — I love you all more than I can express. We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey.

And to 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, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment.

But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. So, I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black Women, Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight.

Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all, including the Black women, who are too often overlooked, but so often Prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.

All the Women who worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century: 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act, and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.

Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision — to see what can be unburdened by what has been — I stand on their shoulders.

And what a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his Vice President.

But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.

And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way.

To the American people: No matter who you voted for, I will strive to be the Vice President that Joe was to President Obama — loyal, honest, and prepared, waking up every day thinking of you and your families. Because now is when 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 it works for working people. To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society.

To combat the climate crisis. To unite our country and heal the soul of our nation. The road ahead will not be easy. But America is ready. And so are Joe and I.

We have elected a president who represents the best in us. A leader the world will respect and our children can look up to. A Commander in Chief who will respect our troops and keep our country safe. And a President for all Americans.

It is now my great honor to introduce the President-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden.

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