Biden won a historic number of votes and defeated a sitting president, the latter of which is not a common occurrence in American democracy. On Saturday night, 96 hours after polls closed, the president-elect delivered a speech making the case for America to come together again.
"It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans," he said.
On the streets, in simultaneous celebrations across many cities, people honked and cheered after Biden was declared the winner. In Washington, DC, they marched to the White House. In Atlanta, they ran into the streets and sang. They waved flags in Austin. In Minneapolis, people danced in front of the police's Third Precinct building, which was burned after the police killing of George Floyd.
People celebrate in Times Square. Ted Shaffrey / AP
And now, there are questions about when Biden's transition can begin. Enter: The GSA's Emily Murphy, who will determine when Biden's team can get access to funds and start getting into the nitty-gritty.
Trump has survived bankruptcies and was rewarded with a reality TV show and the US presidency. But Trump's gilded streak is now over. Kadia Goba and Rosie Gray wrote about why the lasting effects of his presidency will be etched into the American psyche for years.
Trump supporters outside the entrance of his golf club, holding banners and flags. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images
Immigrants stuck on the Mexican side of the border are celebrating Biden's win. Thousands of immigrants sent back to Mexico by the Trump administration hope Biden will make good on his promise to end the policy that has forced them to wait in dangerous border cities.
"The chaos may end": How Department of Homeland Security employees are reacting to Biden's win. Trump's loss brought relief to employees who had been worried that the Trump administration had done long-term damage to the agency's reputation.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR MAGA?
The MAGA movement is splintering between those preparing for a future without Trump and those refusing to imagine one
Donald Trump stunned many by winning in 2016. In 2020, he may have lost the election, but he increased the number of people who turned out to vote for him. So what happens to all this energy Trump created now that he lost the presidency?
Gray writes, "An important divide has arrived on the right in the immediate aftermath of the election over how far to go in following Donald Trump, and how far people are willing to go to destroy others who don't follow along. At the heart of the divide is a gap between those triangulating for a future without Trump and those who are refusing to imagine one."
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A shirtless reveler hilariously interrupted a French journalist's broadcast
As many US cities erupted in celebration, Maxime Switek, a journalist from French news station BFMTV, was just trying to do his job. He was reporting live from the boisterous celebration scene, steps away from the White House.
Switek had quite the run-in with a shirtless man who was celebrating. The man tells the journalist, "I've been to France, it's beautiful!" then adopting a clearly flawless faux-French accent, which made the reporter crack up laughing.