On Saturday, November 7th, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the United States Presidency by major news outlets after it was clear that he would win Pennsylvania’s electors.
On January 20th, the day that President-elect Joe Biden takes office as president of the United States, he plans to immediately enact a multitude of executive orders. He plans to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, reverse the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), repeal the ban on travel from some Islamic countries, and reinstate DACA.
President-elect Biden has released his list of coronavirus advisers today, Monday, November 9th, as COVID-19 along with the current recession caused by it are great problems that President-elect Biden will have to handle now that he will be the president. His task force is led by former surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA commissioner David Kessler, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University. Among the other thirteen members, one stands out, who is Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration that said that his warnings of the pandemic were ignored, which led to his removal. During his victory speech on Saturday night, President-elect Biden made it clear that getting the pandemic under control was his number #1 priority: “We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality or relish life’s most precious moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us — until we get this virus under control.”
During their speeches, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Biden delivered messages of hope and willingness to unify the government and people of the United States in these trying times.
Here are some important quotes from the speeches:
“She maybe didn’t imagine quite this moment,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said of her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. “But she believed so deeply in America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women. Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment. Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify — who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States,” President-elect Biden said to his audience. “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance,” Biden said. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”
As per custom, presidential candidates that do not win the election are expected to concede and address the president-elect in a speech or a call, but neither of these has happened yet, and it looks unlikely that President Trump will do any of these anytime soon. The Trump Administration released an official statement shortly after Biden was projected to win the presidency. This statement states that “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 that this election is far from over.” The Trump Administration continued this statement by insisting that the president-elect cannot be determined until every state officially declares a victor. The Administration also states that beginning Monday, the campaign will bring their issues to court to challenge President-elect Biden’s election. The Trump Administration’s argument against Biden’s election is that “(the Biden campaign) wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters.”