An end to Trump's presidency in US. Biden to be 46th POTUS

An end to Trump's presidency in US. Biden to be 46th POTUS 

Sidharth (The Jaihind Express Web Desk)

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises.

Biden’s victory came after the Associated Press, CNN and NBC showed him winning Pennsylvania and Nevada and gaining more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure the presidency. “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in a statement. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”

This results makes Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House. The result also provided a history-making moment for Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who will become the first woman to serve as vice president.

Biden, who turns 78 later this month, becomes the oldest person elected president. This is his third attempt to reach presidency in 1988 and 2008. Biden reaped 4 million more votes than Trump considering nationwide, as of Saturday evening (IST). 

So far Trump has filed many lawsuits about the conduct of the US elections and the counting of in-mail ballot votes, but none has gained traction till now.

Until Biden’s victory was assured, Democrats feared he might fall short -- much like Clinton in 2016. Public polls once again appeared to overstate Biden’s strength in closely contested states, as Biden was forced to eke out narrow wins in battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Biden’s choice of Harris seemed designed to counter the criticism that he was a throwback candidate in a party pointed toward the future. A California senator and that state’s former attorney general, Harris drew younger and minority voters to the campaign. Biden promised her that she would have the same access to the Oval Office that he did as vice president, and would be the last one to offer advice after a meeting.

In a brief statement, Biden called for healing and unity. “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”

In his own statement, Trump insisted “this election is far from over” and vowed that his campaign would “start prosecuting our case in court” but offered no details.

The race, which concluded after four tense days of vote-counting in a handful of battlegrounds, was a singular referendum on Trump in a way no president’s reelection has been in modern times. He coveted the attention, and voters who either adored him or loathed him were eager to render judgment on his tenure. From the beginning to the end of the race, Biden made the president’s character central to his campaign.

Even in defeat, though, Trump demonstrated his enduring appeal to many white voters and his intense popularity in rural areas, underscoring the deep national divisions that Biden has vowed to heal.

In the days after the election, Biden and his party faced a barrage of attacks from Trump. The president falsely claimed in a middle-of-the-night appearance at the White House on Wednesday that he had won the race and that Democrats were conjuring fraudulent votes to undermine him, a theme he renewed on Thursday evening in grievance-filled remarks conjuring up, with no evidence, a conspiracy to steal votes from him.

However the Biden did make a victory, the Democrats haven't got the support from the people of the US they had hoped for. This election has clearly shown how the country is divided between the two parties.

Through it all, the coronavirus and its ravages on the country hung over the election and shaped the choice for voters. Facing an electorate already fatigued by his aberrant conduct, the president effectively sealed his defeat by minimizing a pandemic that has created simultaneous health and economic crises.

On the other side of the planet, India is still forward how this transition of power will affect the nation as a whole and mainly the Indo-US trade agreement signed by the two nations in September. 

With input from trusted sources