The wait is finally over for election results, as former Vice President Joe Biden eked out a victory Saturday as the president elect, besting incumbent President Donald Trump.
On CNN shortly after the news broke, a tearful Van Jones reflected on the news. “This is a big deal for us, just to be able to get some peace, and have a chance for a reset and the character of the country matters and being a good man matters,” he said. “I just want my sons to look at this.”
He said it’s easy to do things the “cheap” way but that comes back around. “I’m sorry for the people who lost, for them it is not a good day but for a whole lot of people it is a good day,” Jones said.
“It’s easier to be a parent this morning,” Jones continued on Twitter, sharing the clip of his reaction on live TV.
“It’s over. Joe Biden will be the President-elect of the United States, @NBCNews projects,” Sahil Kapur, national political reporter at NBC, wrote on Twitter.
“Goodbye #Trump,” wrote EJ Dionne, a journalist and political commentator.
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“The longed for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme,” Dionne wrote, quoting Irish poet Seamus Heaney. “So hope for a great sea- change On the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore Is reachable from here. Believe in miracles. And cures and healing wells.”
Maggie Haberman, The New York Times’ White House correspondent, shared a glimpse of New York’s reaction with Twitter. “Cheering in the streets in sections of Brooklyn as several outlets call the race. Horns hocking, loud hoots,” she wrote.
The news ended nearly four days of anticipation for election results, which found many people breathlessly glued to cable news, poring over maps and ballot counts as new numbers trickled in. Voters across the country took to the streets, holding rallies demanding that every vote be counted in states including Pennsylvania and Georgia.
CNN’s Abby Phillip tweeted several times.
“At the moment that Joe Biden became President-elect, President Trump is on the golf course,” she wrote after sharing that CNN had projected Biden’s win.
Phillip quipped, too, that the win was “an enormous relief for children across america who would just like to watch their shows again.”
Emma Kinery, Bloomberg’s national political correspondent,
“Joe Biden statement: “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America”
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