After the news was announced last night that Joe Biden has been named as the president-elect of the United States of America, with Kamala Harris as his vice president, the internet erupted with reactions - and it seems the wait of this week has left celebrities just as humbled as your average Joe (sorry).
While the final poll results from across America are still officially being counted, it's been projected by numerous outlets that Biden and the Democrats have won. Despite incumbent president Donald Trump insisting he will take legal action after continually making unsubstantiated claims of fraud in regards to the election, Biden and Harris have accepted the projected result, and promised to "unify the country".
In a speech given overnight UK time, Biden said: "The people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for you the people.
"I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me."
A post shared by Kamala Harris (@kamalaharris) on Nov 7, 2020 at 9:27am PST
Harris - the first woman and the first woman of colour to be elected as vice president - also spoke, telling voters: “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
Celebrities have been celebrating the moment, with some left elated while others feel emotional about the historic result. Here are the reactions you need to see:
I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden. I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next Vice President. In this election, under circumstances never experienced, Americans turned out in numbers never seen. And once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory. We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril. I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote. So I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support. The election results at every level show that the country remains deeply and bitterly divided. It will be up to not just Joe and Kamala, but each of us, to do our part – to reach out beyond our comfort zone, to listen to others, to lower the temperature and find some common ground from which to move forward, all of us remembering that we are one nation, under God. Finally, I want to thank everyone who worked, organized, and volunteered for the Biden campaign, every American who got involved in their own way, and everybody who voted for the first time. Your efforts made a difference. Enjoy this moment. Then stay engaged. I know it can be exhausting. But for this democracy to endure, it requires our active citizenship and sustained focus on the issues – not just in an election season, but all the days in between. Our democracy needs all of us more than ever. And Michelle and I look forward to supporting our next President and First Lady however we can.
A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:05am PST
I’m beyond thrilled that my friend Joe Biden and our first Black and Indian-American woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, are headed to restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House. Our country sorely needs it. Thank you to all of you who poured every ounce of your hope and determination into this democracy over these past four years, registering voters, getting them to the polls, keeping folks informed. More votes were cast in this election than ever before. It’s because of you. And after we celebrate — and we should all take a moment to exhale after everything we’ve been through — let’s remember that this is just a beginning. It’s a first step. Voting in one election isn’t a magic wand, and neither is winning one. Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us. But we’ve also got to recognize that the path to progress will always be uphill. We’ll always have to scrape and crawl up toward that mountaintop. And two years from now, four years from now, there will once again be no margin for error. We see now the reality that we can’t take even the tiniest part of our democracy for granted. Every single vote must count — and every single one of us must vote. And as a country, we should be making it easier, not harder to cast a ballot. So it’s up to us to stay engaged and informed, to keep speaking out and marching on. We’ve got to vote in even greater numbers in the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia — and every state and local election going forward. We’ve got to promise each other that our focus in this election won’t be an anomaly, but the rule. That’s how we can not only feel this way right now, but in the months and years ahead. It’s the only way we’ll build a nation worthy of our children. My warmest congratulations again to Joe and Jill, Kamala and Doug — and each of you who stepped up when your country needed you.
A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:32am PST
Today is a monumental day. No matter what side you are on, let's take a moment to recognize how far women have come in this country. Thinking about all those who shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for a woman to * finally * be Vice President of the United States makes me so emotional. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kamala Harris. I salute them all. And to the young girls of our nation... DREAM BIG. Anything is possible. 🇺🇸
A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:51am PST
A post shared by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:59am PST
My god it feels like I just took off a weighted blanket, unhooked my bra and taken out my extensions all at once
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 7, 2020
Jonathan Van Ness
A post shared by Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:32am PST
The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.
A post shared by Hillary Clinton (@hillaryclinton) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:52am PST
A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Nov 7, 2020 at 11:04am PST
A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Nov 7, 2020 at 9:02am PST
A post shared by Antoni Porowski (@antoni) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:46am PST
A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:50am PST
— Jennifer Lawrence - Represent.Us (@JLawrence_RepUs) November 7, 2020
Crying and holding my daughter, “look baby, she looks like us.” pic.twitter.com/Gy4MAPoNjy
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 7, 2020
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 7, 2020
Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris! Thank you for choosing to serve your country during these challenging times. pic.twitter.com/PEEPFexKFF
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 7, 2020
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