Joe Biden on Saturday promised to be the president who will unify America, after four years of turmoil and division, celebrating in his home town of Wilmington "a convincing victory" over Donald Trump. A few hours after the announcement of the election results, in front of a cheering crowd gathered in "drive-in", the Democrat, elected at 77 years president of the United States, called on the Americans not to treat their "opponents any more. like enemies ".
"I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides," he said during a heated speech in his home town of Delaware.
Without a word for his opponent, Joe Biden celebrated his victory while reaching out to voters for the Republican president whose "disappointment" he said he understood.
"Let's see each other, let's talk," "let's give ourselves a chance," he insisted, to the sound of enthusiastic horns.
It is "time to heal the wounds" of the country and to put an end to the "demonizations".
Thanking the "broad and diverse coalition" which put forward his candidacy, he paid tribute to the African-Americans, who played a central role in his victory.
"They always support me, as I will support them."
"I campaigned to restore the soul of America," he repeated.
From Monday a crisis unit on the Covid-19
Wearing a black mask, Joe Biden arrived running on the stage of his victory speech, against the background of a song by Bruce Springsteen, as if to deny the image of an aging candidate that weighed on his muted campaign. He will be the oldest president in US history when he begins his term in January.
Over 350 cars were gathered in front of the stage, and thousands of supporters were outside the large parking lot where the stage was set up. Designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these gatherings carried the message of a candidate who has placed the fight against the pandemic at the center of his program. Joe Biden has also announced that he will set up a Covid-19 crisis unit on Monday.
Her running mate, Kamala Harris, will make history by becoming the first woman to become vice-president. All dressed in white, in tribute to the suffragists, she said on Saturday that she would "not be the last". The black senator from California paid tribute to the "generations of women", of all origins, who "paved the way" for her.
A fireworks shot concluded the evening, the number "46" inscribed in the sky over Wilmington: Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. Their families then joined them on stage, masked. The date of the transfer of power is written into the Constitution: January 20. By then, states will certify their results, and the 538 voters will meet in December to formally appoint the president.
The announcement of Joe Biden's consecration sparked scenes of jubilation across the United States. In Washington, thousands of people have flocked to the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza, part of the artery leading to the presidential residence, famous last spring for denouncing police violence against African-Americans. Barack Obama, 44th American president, greeted Saturday the "historic" victory of his "friend".
Many prominent international leaders were quick to praise Joe Biden, reinforcing the idea that no one - neither in the United States nor elsewhere - really took the legal challenges brought by the Trump team seriously. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has had difficult relations with Donald Trump, insisted on the "irreplaceable" transatlantic relationship. The European Union, battered by the current tenant of the White House, has expressed Charles Michel's wish for a "solid partnership" with the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wished Donald Trump a victory for his very favorable policy towards the Jewish state, also congratulated Joe Biden as a "great friend of Israel", hoping "to further deepen the special alliance" between the two countries.
Donald Trump does not recognize his defeat
Donald Trump was, when the results were announced, in his golf club not far from Washington. He did not, at this point, admit defeat, but accused Joe Biden of "rushing to fake himself" as the winner. Nothing obliges the Republican president to do so formally, but admitting defeat is tradition in Washington. As of Tuesday evening, he had promised a real judicial guerrilla war.
For Donald Trump, who entered politics with a bang by winning the presidential election in 2016 to everyone's amazement, this defeat in all likelihood marks the end of his political career. The tempestuous 74-year-old president failed to win re-election, unlike his three predecessors Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
If the democratic wave announced by some did not take place, and if he showed that he had a very solid base of voters, his stubborn refusal to expand his audience ended up costing him dearly. His management of the pandemic, which he has constantly minimized despite a heavy death toll of more than 236,000, has earned him strong criticism, even in his own camp. The 45th President of the United States appears isolated within his own party in his crusade against a "theft" of the ballot of which he was the victim.