Just one day on from his historic election win, a television personality in Australia has come under fire after he called the projected president 'mentally retarded'.
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The race for the White House concluded yesterday...Joe Biden was ultimately projected to be the forty-sixth president of the United States and now, and while many delighted, not everybody is feeling the same way. But first, let's recap the most recent key events over the last couple of days to get you up to speed...
Pro-Trump protesters took to Detroit's vote-counting center.In light of Trump’s comments earlier in the week, crowds of protestors took to the counting center chanting “stop the vote." Security guards had refused entry to any more poll watchers attempting to access the counting room, causing Republican supporters to claim that being denied access meant the people inside were disproportionately Democratic, but others in the group noticed Democrats had been kept out as well.
Aviation authorities designated "national defense airspace" over Biden's current location.With the possibility of a Biden victory, his house in Wilmington, Delaware, was marked as a restricted area for flights, along with 1 other location in the city.
Trump took to Twitter Thursday demanding that we "stop the count."In a series of tweets, the president claimed that any votes that arrived after the election day will not be counted.
But yet again Twitter flagged it as misinformation.And of course, the inflammatory demand shocked the American public.
Amid allegations of fraud, the Chatham County Board of Elections in Georgia dismissed the Trump Campaign's lawsuit.“[T]he Court finds that there is no evidence that the ballots referenced in the petition were received after 7:00 pm on election day, thereby making those ballots invalid," the judge said.
Michigan then followed suit...Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said that she will deny the Trump campaign’s legal request. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday evening claimed that poll watchers were “barred" from watching the absentee count. The judge also noted that the lawsuit was filed just a few hours before the final ballots were being counted.
Joe Biden remained confident in a victory.The Democratic candidate gave a brief statement on Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware, reiterating his confidence in being elected the next president of the United States, stating there's "no doubt" he'll win when the count is over.
Biden also announced that he plans to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on the first day of his presidency if he wins.
The move would come 3 years after President Trump announced he would leave the international climate change forum.
Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Admini… https://t.co/7dT22UeN7h— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1604539080.0
Trump then broke his thirty-six-hour silence to deliver an eyebrow-raising speech on Thursday afternoon.Saying almost immediately: “If you count the legal votes, I win," before branding mail-in-ballots as "one-sided." The president also continued to add to his controversial claims of electoral fraud.
New stations cut away from Trump's speech, with some refusing to air it.
MSNBC was the first to cut away, soon followed by NBC, ABC, and CBS.
WOW. NBC, ABC, CBS all dipped out. https://t.co/rNxzQenzbn— Danny Freeman (@Danny Freeman)1604620480.0
Trump then took to Twitter to echo the points made in his speech.Accusing the Democrats of trying to gain control of the US Senate, while insisting that he will hold onto his presidency.
He also vowed to take legal action against every state that Biden wins in."Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!"
Biden responded to Trump's accusations that the Democrats are cheating.
"America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen."
No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever. America has come too far, fought too many b… https://t.co/msRdmQ6QSv— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1604623200.0
Police began investigating an alleged plot to attack Pennsylvania Convention Center, where votes are being counted.
“Police got a tip about a group, possibly a family, driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center," according to WPVI. Philadelphia Police told the outlet: "they recovered a weapon and believed they recovered the Hummer they received a tip about." At least 1 person has been taken into custody, as per both WPVI and KYW.
Philadelphia police said they are investigating an alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where… https://t.co/eukgEx5SL3— Reuters (@Reuters)1604661000.0
Reports emerged that the Secret Service would be upping security in anticipation of a Biden victory.The Washington Post reports that Biden is set to receive an increased Secret Service security detail in anticipation of a possible win and subsequent acceptance speech in Delaware.
On Friday, Joe Biden managed to overtake Trump in Georgia.The Democratic candidate overtook the president by 917 votes in the key, historically-red battleground state.
In an update from Pennsylvania, Biden took the lead.
This was big news, as Trump can't be re-elected if he doesn't secure Pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes.
BREAKING: Joe Biden has taken the lead in PA by 5,587 votes.— Abby D. Phillip (@Abby D. Phillip)1604670632.0
It didn't take long for Trump to weigh into the numbers."Philadelphia has got a rotten history on election integrity," he tweeted.
Georgia's secretary of state announced in a conference that the state is heading for a recount.
The news came before the initial counting had been completed.
BREAKING: There will be a recount in Georgia, the state’s secretary of state just said during a news conference… https://t.co/tNZ6Oi3XDL— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1604677023.0
Just a day later, the chaos has continued.And Trump has once again taken to Twitter in another furious rant as Biden continued to lead.
The president reiterated his point about votes he alleged are illegal.Citing the pending results in the all-important state of Pennsylvania specifically.
He went on to claim that the alleged fraud would change the result in "numerous" states."This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time..."
He continued."BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!"
He has now even falsely claimed to have "won the election."Despite Joe Biden's lead in crucial battleground states.
But it seems he couldn't be more wrong...
As Biden is now the projected winner of the presidential election after a victory Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
BREAKING: JOE BIDEN WILL BE PRESIDENT-ELECT, NBC NEWS PROJECTS. https://t.co/TKngS1LP4x https://t.co/NvSjzR496W— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1604766357.0
This makes Kamala Harris the first woman of color to be elected as vice president.
She will be the first woman to hold the office. She will also be the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice president.
BREAKING: Kamala Harris will make history as the first female, first Black and first Asian American to be U.S. vice… https://t.co/kcvih20FCP— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1604767250.0
Trump broke his silence following the news.In a lengthy statement, as per Sky News: "We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. "The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. "In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media."
The statement continued."Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. "The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. "It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access. "So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands."
However, on a more celebratory note, Joe Biden then spoke out after he was declared victorious...
He tweeted shortly after the news was announced that he is "honored" America has chosen him as a leader. "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not."
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I p… https://t.co/iUORklENs0— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1604767962.0
And just one day on from his win...Biden has given a victory speech that will go down in history.
Biden has become the first president-elect to ever acknowledge transgender people in his victory speech.
He said this: "Democrats, Republicans, Independents, progressives, moderates, conservatives, young, old, urban, suburban, rural. Gay, straight, transgender, White, Latino, Asian, Native American. Especially at those moments when this campaign was at its lowest… the African American community stood up again for me."
President-elect Joe Biden just acknowledged gay and transgender people by name in his victory speech. It’s the fi… https://t.co/i5bQgGWEUG— Zach Stafford (@Zach Stafford)1604800438.0
As you can see, this is history in the making...
And members of the LGBTQ+ community have been quick to express their gratitude for his inclusion.
Biden acknowledging trans people in his acceptance speech has full on made me cry tears of joy 💙— Lewis 🏴 (@Lewis 🏴)1604800119.0
You can watch his full victory speech here.Congratulations, Joe Biden!
While many are delighted for Biden.
Politics is a very touchy subject and a lot of the time there is a lot of anger and hate in people's opinions to those they disagree with.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be a great President and Vice President for all Americans. https://t.co/NiPFlOxOzJ— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1604885921.0
One Australian TV personality has recently come under fire.Sam Newman, a former Aussie Rules footballer turned TV personality, shared comments on Biden to Twitter before quickly deleting them.
He called him 'mentally retarded'.
More specifically, Newman wrote:
Can we just all agree to never take any notice of Sam Newman again. It would seem we really have no need for him as… https://t.co/vaV643H2Nu— Nicolle Earle (@Nicolle Earle)1604865591.0
Great day for inclusion and diversity. Shows someone who is mentally retarded and has special needs, can attain high office. Congratulations, Joe Biden.
People are furious.
One person wrote:
#SamNewman Geez aren’t Trump supporters a “bit salty” after their crazy dictator got his arse kicked! Absolutely di… https://t.co/Qs4acEUMTL— 🔴Bomber Pete⚫️🇦🇺🍩🎾😷#IstandwithDan (@🔴Bomber Pete⚫️🇦🇺🍩🎾😷#IstandwithDan)1604872181.0
Sam Newman need to go. What a truly revolting human.Another said:
Geez aren’t Trump supporters a “bit salty" after their crazy dictator got his arse kicked! Absolutely disgraceful tweet by Newman, says a lot about his character!
Regardless of your political beliefs.
There's no place for comments like this.
Remove Sam Newman please twitter. https://t.co/zNHjutyCHr— Yeah, but no. (@Yeah, but no.)1604876228.0