Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, said US media on Saturday. This puts Trump in a small group of US presidents who didn’t serve a second term. The Trump presidency had America more divided than ever. Major Networks CNN, NBC and CBS called the race in Biden’s favour just before 11:30am (16:30GMT) as Biden took an insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania.
“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden said in a statement. “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a president for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.” Trump responded to the statement saying that Biden falsely declared himself as the next president. “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,” Trump said in a statement. “The simple fact is this election is far from over.”
Biden has spent nearly half a century in politics, eight of which was as deputy to the first black US President Barack Obama. Trump made desperate attempts to claim fraud and stop the vote count. Trump, whose marathon press conferences, tweeting and raucous campaign rallies have made him a perpetual, noisy presence at home and abroad over the last four years, had no immediate reaction.
But ever since the night after Tuesday’s election, when he prematurely claimed victory, Trump has been inhabiting a world increasingly disconnected from the reality of his approaching downfall. Earlier on Saturday, he left the White House for the first time since Election Day to play golf, tweeting: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” This after a press conference on Thursday where he stated that the democrats “are trying to steal the election”.