quote:Mr. Biden’s victory amounted to a repudiation of Mr. Trump by millions of voters exhausted with his divisive conduct and chaotic administration,...Mr. Trump is only the third elected president since World War II to lose re-election, and the first in more than a quarter-century.
quote:“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said in the statement, in which his campaign referred to him as “President-elect Joe Biden” for the first time. “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.” ... Earlier Saturday, Trump falsely claimed to have won the election “by a lot,” despite the reality that he was losing the popular vote by more than 4 million ballots and was at risk of losing in the electoral college by the same 306-232 result that propelled him to the presidency in 2016.
By denying Trump a second term, a country convulsed by health, economic and social crises brought to an end a tumultuous presidency that polarized the nation and was characterized by attacks on undocumented immigrants, political adversaries and, at times, the rule of law. ... After the voting, Biden had made repeated appearances at which he expressed his confidence in his eventual victory but counseled Americans to be patient as election workers tallied the ballots. He also vowed to be a president for all Americans, not just those who elected him.
“It’s been a long and difficult campaign,” Biden said Wednesday in Wilmington. “But it’s been a more difficult time for our country, a hard time.
“I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our country,” he added. “But I also know this as well: To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.” ... Harris’s ascent to one of the nation’s two highest offices marked a particularly momentous occasion in the history of women’s rights and came a century after the 19th Amendment guaranteed all women the right to vote — and four years after the first female presidential nominee of a major political party lost unexpectedly to Trump.