What feels like the longest election in United States history has finally come to an end. Mid-day November 7th, news sources such as The Associated Press, NBC, and CNN confirmed that Joe Biden is projected to be the 46th president of the United States. This election was the “icing on the cake” moment we needed to give 2020 a proper good-bye. Now let’s sit back, try to relax, and discuss the insanity of the 2020 presidential election.
I woke up Tuesday morning feeling rather good about this election, multiple news sources were talking about Biden’s projected landslide win. Around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the Florida polls closed, and I watched the numbers come in for about 3 hours straight. For 3 hours I watched the lead in Florida switch from Trump to Biden, hoping that Florida will be seeing a blue Christmas. But in a not so shocking turn of events Trump won Florida and their 29 electoral votes. I feel like most people went to bed on Tuesday with the same gut-wrenching feeling. Trump was far ahead in most swing states and a Biden victory was not looking too promising. Wednesday morning came, and just like the ending of every Hallmark holiday movie, everything fell right into place. But as Biden started to win more states, Trump started to get angrier. His twitter was blowing up with fake news and claims that he was winning states, that he in fact was losing. He protested to stop the counts in states where he was a head but continue the count in places like Arizona where he felt as if he would come out victorious.
As states turned blue, Trump started to file lawsuits, claiming that election fraud was taking place and the pollsters were corrupt. There was no lack of comic relief coming from new stations covering the election, headlines such as “Trump says he’ll go to Supreme Court; Unclear why” and “Trump complains that mail-in votes are being counted” really captured the true essence of this election. I think what Trump failed to understand is that if he told his voters not to trust mail in ballots, then an overwhelming majority of them would listen to his advice and vote in person. This caused major problems for Trump when he started to realize most of the mail in ballots were for Biden, which gave him a comfortable lead in key states such as Pennsylvania. All eyes were on swing states like Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania as the margin began to close in favor of Biden.
Pennsylvania was called Saturday afternoon, and celebrations for president-elect Joe Biden followed shortly after that. The streets of New York City, D.C. and Philadelphia filled with excited Biden supporters. History was truly made this election season. Not only did Biden win the most votes ever casted for a United States president, but Kamala Harris became the first female and first person of color Vice President of the United States. We cannot forget the records that Donald Trump set either. Not only was he the first president since Jimmy Carter to lose re-election, he also become the first president to lose the popular vote twice! This was truly a record-breaking election, and really the best way to end 2020.
As we celebrate this well-deserved victory, I think that it is important to remember that this is one major step in the right direction, not the final victory. We still have ways to go and battles to fight. We did not come this far to only come this far.