President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump 306-232 in the Electoral College.
It's official! The Electoral College on Monday confirmed that Joe Biden won the 270 electoral votes required to unseat President Donald Trump. A majority of the electors who represent every state as well as Washington, D.C., voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president, according to the Associated Press. The presidential electors gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. California’s 55 electoral votes put Biden over the top. Vermont, with 3 votes, was the first state to report and Hawaii, with 4 votes, was the final state to vote in the Electoral College.
According to PEOPLE, Trump went on an unsurprising rant on social media and in front of TV cameras, claiming that the election was "stolen." Trump has continued to make unsupported allegations of fraud, but has not provided solid evidence on these claims. Local elections officials from both parties said they found no widespread fraud. In a Fox News interview taped over the weekend, Trump said, “I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly.”
Trump says Dominion voting machines are a 'disaster all over the country' and claims 'many votes were routed to Biden' https://t.co/yIilYASP7x— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 15, 2020
The next important date leading to the inauguration of the new president is January 6, 2021, when Congress will affirm the votes in a joint session with Vice President Mike Pence. Some Republicans have said they will mount an objection in Congress in a final bid to overturn Biden's win. But based on the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, as PEOPLE puts it, "such efforts are almost certain to fail beyond further underlining GOP disdain for the election they lost." The president-elect is expected to speak on Monday night from Wilmington, Delaware where he will say the following, according to excerpts provided by his transition team. "In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. Now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal," Biden will say in his speech. "As I said through this campaign, I will be a president for all Americans. I will work just as hard for those of you who didn’t vote for me, as I will for those who did."
In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 15, 2020
The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago.
And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame.
According to Newsweek, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory for the first time. Putin was the only major world leader not to do so earlier. Putin waited till the electoral college confirmed that Biden won the requisite 270 electoral votes. Russia's state news agency Tass reported that Putin sent Biden a telegram Monday to offer his congratulatory wishes. Tass cited a Kremlin press service statement that read: "The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to Joseph Biden on the occasion of the victory in the presidential elections of the United States of America." "In the telegram, Putin wished the president-elect every success," the Kremlin statement said, quoting Putin as saying: "For my part, I am ready for interaction and contacts with you." According to the statement, Putin "expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, bearing special responsibility for global security and stability, can, despite their differences, really contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing."
Amazing. That will piss off Baby Don.— Adam Badenhorst 🔥🔥 (@aeb212) December 15, 2020
Previously, Putin had said he would not offer congratulations until the winner was formally decided, according to TIME. "We are just waiting for the end of the internal political confrontation,” Putin said, referring to Republican challenges to the vote count at the time. ”We will work with any person who will be given the trust of the American people. But who will be given this trust? It must either be indicated by political custom when one of the parties recognizes the victory of the other, or the final results of the elections are summed up in a legitimate, legal way,” he said. There have been allegations of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here's a timeline of the 2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking fast facts, put together by CNN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials have repeatedly denied interfering in the US presidential election, as per BBC.