Celebrations erupted on the streets of major US cities within minutes of Joe Biden being announced as the next president. The news was greeted with wild cheers from Democrat supporters who have been following every twist and turn of the election count. People have been seen dancing in Black Lives Matter plaza in Washington DC while loud cheers could be heard across New York – the city where Donald Trump was born. Crowds were equally loud in Philadelphia, where supporters of the two presidential candidates have been lining the streets waiting for news about who has won the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
People held signs saying ‘Trump is over’ and ‘hallelujah’ while they hugged their friends and drunk from bottles of champagne. One woman in Manhattan was even seen dancing with her dog as the celebrations took over the roads. Crowds were also seen in Wilmington, Delaware, where Joe Biden lives and is expected to give a speech later. Streets of NY erupt in cheers and screams as result called
Voters have waited more than three days to find out who would win the closely contested election. The large number of ballots that were mailed-in delayed counts in key states but Biden was eventually crowned the winner in Pennsylvania, giving him the 20 electoral votes needed for the presidency. Donald Trump has been a deeply divisive president across the United States and many have greeted his demise with joy.
The sound of cheers, clapping and car horns sounded across New York City seconds after Biden’s victory was called. In Central Park, walkers stopped and threw their arms in the air in celebration. Others came out onto their balconies to join in with the crowds below. More Biden supporters amassed in Times Square to celebrate together and wave flags. In Brooklyn, several hundred people were heard erupting in cheers and dancing in the streets. The air was filled with the sound of honking horns the banging of pots and pans. One car stopped in the middle of the street outside Barclays Center, and the driver got out and jumped on the hood of his car, motioning for people to come in to the street; the car was soon swarmed by people cheering.
In Maine, a band playing at a farmers’ market broke into the Battle Hymn of the Republic. In Washington DC, hundreds gathered outside the White House holding up Biden campaign signs and shouting ‘he’s gone’. ‘I was on the bus and I jumped off the bus to come right down here to the White House,’ said Donna Thomas, a resident of Washington. ‘It is something to celebrate. We have been waiting so long.’ Streets were closed to traffic as Biden supporters marched with an assortment of LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter and American flags. Some carried a giant balloon of Trump in the shape of a rat.Full Story
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