Kamala Harris will be first female and first biracial U.S. Vice President

JOE Biden is the next President of the United States.

The democratic presidential candidate and former vice president finally garnered 270 electoral votes on Saturday morning after a victory in Pennsylvania, where he was born, gave him 20 more electoral votes.

And Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President of the United States. She will be the first female and first biracial Vice President.

Biden said in a statement: “I am honored and humbled by the trust that the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. 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.”

Harris tweeted: “This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”

President Donald Trump said in a statement from his campaign that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner,” and called the race “far from over,” CNN reported.

He said: “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
He added: “I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”

On Friday Biden had urged the nation to remain patient as votes were tallied, saying: “The numbers tell us a clear and convincing story. We are going to win this race.”

He added: “What is becoming clearer each hour is that record numbers of Americans — from all races, faiths, regions — chose change over more of the same. They have given us a mandate for action on COVID and the economy and climate change and systemic racism.”

Biden noted: “We are going to be the first Democrats to win Arizona in 24 years. We are going to be the first Democrats to win Georgia in 28 years. And we re-built the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago.”

He said: “I know tensions can be high after a tough election like we just had. But we need to remain calm. Patient. And let the process work out as we count all the votes.”

Biden said: “We may be opponents — but we are not enemies. We are Americans.”

FOR people of Indian origin all around the world it is a moment of immense pride to see Harris as the vice president-elect of the United States of America. Harris was born in the US to immigrants, cancer researcher Shyamala Gopalan from India and economics professor Donald Harris from Jamaica.

While accepting the Democratic vice presidential nomination last August, she said: “My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman—all of five feet tall—who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.

“On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America.”

My mother always used to say, “Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.” I dearly wish she were here with us this week. (Kamala Harris Facebook August 13)

Now, she can say: ‘On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I am the Vice President-elect of the United States of America.’

And who knows, she may well be the President of the United States one day!

AS had been anticipated, US president Donald Trump falsely claimed victory on Tuesday night (early Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.) at the White House even while votes were still being counted and it was not clear who would win.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, on the other hand, had earlier said that it was not up to him or Trump to decide the winner of the election and that the votes would be counted. The former vice president said that his side believed that they were “on track to win the election.”

Trump said: “We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off” and alleged: “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country.”

He wanted “all voting to stop” and threatened to go to the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, Trump was at it again, staging what CNN called “a corrosive and potentially dangerous attempt at undermining the US election … baselessly claiming the presidency was being stolen from underneath him as vote counts showed his path to victory disappearing.”

He said that in certain states where he had been leading on election night, tallies have been “whittled down” or have shown his rival leading and suggested he would fight in the courts until the election is decided in his favor, CNN reported.

“This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen.”

On Thursday, Biden tweeted: “Donald Trump is going to court to stop votes from being counted. We have assembled the largest election protection effort in history to fight back.”

Earlier he tweeted: “The people will not be silenced, be bullied, or surrender. Every vote must be counted.” He added: “No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.” He exhorted Americans: “Keep the faith, folks.”