How The World Reacted To Joe Biden Being Announced President In The 2020 Election

By | November 12, 2020

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People celebrate in the streets after the major networks declare Joseph Biden the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. (Sdkb/Wikimedia Commons)

As nail biters go, the 2020 election was right up there with Kerry Strug's one-legged vault in 1996. For the week of November 3–7, Americans sat in a state of nervous limbo as election offices around the country counted in-person votes as well as the overwhelming number of mail-in ballots that had rolled in, thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic that continued raging through the U.S. and compelled many voters to stay home on Election Day.

The rest of the world watched equally anxiously as the election was decided at a glacial pace, but on Saturday, November 7, 2020, Joe Biden crossed the electoral finish line to be named the next President of the United States. Reactions to the 2020 election ranged from celebration to outrage, but for everyone glued to the election coverage, there was mostly just relief that at least that hurdle in a year plagued by political circus and, well, a plague had been leaped and left behind.

Dancing In The Streets

Following the announcement that Biden had secured Michigan and Pennsylvania, earning him those magic 270 electoral votesmany of his supporters took to the streets in impromptu celebration of this turn in the political tide. Pandemic be damned, the festivities cascaded throughout cities like Austin, Chicago, and New York City, but for obvious reasons, it was particularly boisterous in Washington, D.C. Crowds impeded traffic for blocks around the White House, with many people standing on their cars and holding signs and placards, many of which simply expressed the relief that comes with the end of four complicated years of U.S. and international politics. In Los Angeles, revelers drove down Sunset Boulevard, honking their horns as others held signs and popped champagne.

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Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky, March 20, 2017. (Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons)

Accusations Of Voter Fraud

It wasn't all partying in the streets. Many Trump supporters were shocked by and suspicious of the result, convinced that the only way their man could have lost was through voter fraud. Chants of "We will be here forever" rose from Trump supporters on the steps of the Michigan State Capital, and similar gatherings occurred in Arizona and Texas while various calls for recounts and even halting the count on suspicion of voter fraud were declared outside election facilities in states like Nevada and Georgia, who were still counting mail-in and absentee votes more than a week after Election Day.