Vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, has given her first public speech, and it’s nothing short of iconic.
Keep scrolling to hear her powerful speech for yourself…
And Joe Biden was ultimately projected to be the forty-sixth president of the United States.
But first, let’s recap the most recent key events over the last couple of days to get you up to speed…
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.
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.
In a series of tweets, the president claimed that any votes that arrived after the election day will not be counted.
And of course, the inflammatory demand shocked the American public.
“[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 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.
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.
The move would come 3 years after President Trump announced he would leave the international climate change forum.
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.
MSNBC was the first to cut away, soon followed by NBC, ABC, and CBS.
Accusing the Democrats of trying to gain control of the US Senate, while insisting that he will hold onto his presidency.
“Plenty of proof – just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!”
“America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”
“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.
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.
The Democratic candidate overtook the president by 917 votes in the key, historically-red battleground state.
This was big news, as Trump can’t be re-elected if he doesn’t secure Pennsylvania’s twenty electoral votes.
“Philadelphia has got a rotten history on election integrity,” he tweeted.
The news came before the initial counting had been completed.
And Trump has once again took to Twitter in another furious rant as Biden continued to lead.
Citing the pending results in the all-important state of Pennsylvania specifically.
“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…”
“BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!”
Despite Joe Biden’s lead in crucial battleground states.
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.
She will be the first woman to hold the office. She will also be the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice president.
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.”
“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.”
He tweeted shortly after the news was announced that he is “honored” America has chosen him as a leader.
The clip was posted to Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.
As well as the first Black woman to be given the role.
This is a huge achievement for not only Harris but for women and people of color all across the country…
She truly is paving the way for a more progressive and diverse America.
Where Harris acknowledged the importance of the win during a powerful speech, which she gave while wearing a white suit in tribute to women’s suffrage 100 years after women were guaranteed the constitutional right to vote.
With some even being reduced to tears.
“I am thinking about her… and I am thinking about the generations of women, Black, White, Asian, Latina women, who throughout history have paved the way tonight.”
“And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way.”
She spoke on Saturday about the weight of history in this monumental election.
Creating a vision of the future, of inclusivity, where everyone feels heard.
“The audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president.”
“Maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Harris said. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.”
She thanked them for “their determination and the strength of their vision, to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I stand on their shoulders.”
And she spoke directly to “every little girl watching” and to what could come next.
“While I may be the first woman in this office,” Harris said, “I won’t be the last.”
Congratulations, Joe and Kamala!