As the news echoes on their phones, Americans spontaneously gather on street corners and front lawns – honoring their horns, banging pots and pans, starting brutal dance parties – as a vitriolic election and The results of the four-day exit came to an end. Saturday morning. And for all that happiness, there was equally anger and mistrust on the other side.
Across the United States, the dramatic conclusion of the 2020 election was cathartic. The fireworks exploded in Atlanta after the Associated Press and other news organizations announced that former Vice President Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. In Maine, a band playing at the farmers market broke the Republic’s Battle Hymn.
People waved Biden’s markings from car windows and balconies, and huge supporters gathered on the streets outside the White House. In New York City, some stopped their cars wherever they happened, got out and danced on the streets. Car horns and bells passed through areas around Puerto Rico. In Louisville, Kentucky, Biden supporters gathered in a toast with champagne on their lawn. In Kansas City, they went to a park to sing “Celebration” by Cool & Gang.
Trump’s supporters had been protesting outside the ballot-counting operation for several days, accusing him of no evidence that the slow-moving results were evidence of cheating. “It’s not over! It’s not over! Fake news!” About 1,000 people gathered at the Georgia State Capitol on Saturday after news organizations decided to call the election.
But across America, it was taking most Democrats to the streets in jubilant displays, celebrating what is the end of four years of continuous crises, chaos and anxiety.
In New York City, some people “end up having nightmares.”
“It’s real, I think I’m free from the clutches of evil,” said 26-year-old human resources manager Lola Felit. “In 2016, we woke up crying. Today we are celebrating. Look, the sky is clear blue, the sun is out, Mother Nature is also celebrating. “
The nation stayed to consider the election of its first female vice-president, Kamala Harris. Amid a celebration in Berkeley, California, where Harris spent much of his childhood, Mayor Jesse Areguine said the liberal city’s diversity and progressive values helped shape Harris as a leader who seeks equality, empowerment And stands for justice.
The nation’s constant churn of crises has led to news for some – the coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 236,000 Americans, the economic recession that accompanies it, gun violence and police killings that have forced a national reprint on racism .
“America can breathe.” Dignity, Citizenship and Democracy Won, ”Fred Gutenberg, who became a vocal opponent of the president after his 14-year-old daughter Jaime was 17, was killed by a gunman at Marjorie Vonman Douglas High School in Florida in 2018 . Sitting in front of his television since waking up on Saturday, waiting for news. He said he made her “ecstatic”.
In Minneapolis, Ella Mitchell, 30, and Pardha Ponguoti, 29, visited the memorial in the corner where George Floyd died.
Ponguoti said it was important to be at the Floyd memorial to mark Biden’s victory. “It is like a reminder of the problems that still exist in our society. Just because Biden is president does not mean that all these systemic issues are fixed. “
For many, at 725 in the morning, it became a moment of such historical magnitude that they say they would always remember what they were doing, even engaged in the most mundane activities.
73-year-old retired teacher and school principal Kay Nichols was vacuuming in her home northwest of Detroit when she heard that Biden was declared the winner.
“All I can say is ‘Thank God’,” she said, choking. “It has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It has to be done decently. This country has gained integrity and hopes that we can have decency. I think Joe Biden can do it and bring mercy. “
Biden’s campaign manager, Jane O’Malley Dillon, got her mother’s news when her mother wrapped up a run.
Trump was playing golf.
In Atlanta, 36-year-old Kristin Felder found out that she was ordering Panera food for Dordesh.
“The woman I was telling me that ‘Biden won!’ And I said ‘Oh my God!’ ‘She remembered. She started crying, and she canceled her next delivery to attend a pregnant party gathering in Midtown Atlanta, where people cried pots and pans, cried together, and toasted champagne.
Scott VanderWell, a farmer in Volga, South Dakota, said he heard the news that he was carrying hay bales in his barn.
Unlike those celebrating on the streets, he said he was disappointed, but showed a glimpse of hope that Trump could still fight the outcome and find a way to victory: “I wouldn’t say that until all legal avenues were over Don’t happen until then “she said.
More than 100 pro-Trump protesters gathered outside the Florida State Capitol in Thalassi on Saturday afternoon. The crowd had betrayed signs indicating the election, and they said “stop stealing.”
Dozens of presidential supporters began to gather, as well as the election table center in downtown Phoenix, from North Dakota to Georgia, where counting of votes continues.
Shortly after this news broke, Jake Angeli shouted, “This election has not been called!” Trump supporters shout at pro rallies, a regular who usually wears a woolen fur hat with horns. He remained hopeful: “Trump always thinks he is about to lose. And then he wins, ”he said.
Chris Marks of Traverse City, Michigan, also expressed disbelief in how the votes were counted, suggesting that all votes should be recast, or that there should be another election in the country.
Trump has not accepted and refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power, and many Americans remain concerned about what will happen in the coming days and weeks.
But for Biden supporters at home and abroad, Saturday was a day to celebrate, dance and dream of a less controversial future.
A resident of Ballina, Ireland, Biden’s paternal hometown, American flags and Biden-Harris banners had the streets waiting for days as they awaited the results. Joe Blewitt, a heating and plumbing engineer and Biden’s cousin, said the city was happy.
“Now he will be President of the United States, he is pleased, he is absolutely delighted,” Blewitt said. “One of the most powerful men in the world.”
In Egypt, a 49-year-old civil servant named Abdullah was playing backgammon with friends at a coffee shop in the capital, Cairo, when television networks broadcast the news.
“The madman is gone,” he shouted. “America’s Trump Was Defeated.”
And in Kenya, where presidential elections routinely come with apprehensions about possible violence, activist and politician Boniface Mewangi tweeted that Trump’s presidency should be a warning to the world: “It’s America’s Trump It will take longer to recover and recover from a lifetime. ” Last four years
Journalist Anita Snow of the Associated Press in Phoenix; Jacqueline Novack, Marjorie Miller, David Caruso, Tali Arbel, Christina Pachiola in New York City; Bill Barrow and RJ Rico in Atlanta; Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco; Dug Glass in Minneapolis; Bobby Cana Calvan in Tallahassee, Florida; Corey Williams in Detroit; Mike Balsamo in Washington; Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Sammy Maggie in Cairo; Danica Cotto in Puerto Rico; Stephen Groves in Volga, South Dakota; Cara Anna in Nairobi, Kenya and Pan Pylus in Ballina, Ireland. Gallofaro reported from Louisville, Kentucky.