President Donald Trump, sashay away.
After days of waiting, the results are finally in: CBS News and the Associated Press are reporting that Joe Biden is the presumed winner of the 2020 presidential election. The pro-LGBTQ equality Democrat ran against Trump, the Republican incumbent, with California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris is now poised to become the first Black woman vice president in U.S. history, and Trump the first one-term president in nearly 30 years.
The race ultimately came down to votes in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada. After votes were tallied in Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 7, Biden and Harris reached the 270 electoral college votes they needed to secure a win. Meanwhile, Trump continues to cast doubt on the integrity of the election with no evidence to substantiate his claims. On Twitter, the President himself baselessly “claimed” victory in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 4, days before all of the state’s votes were counted.
Biden ran on a platform that emphasized beating the COVID-19 pandemic, guaranteeing affordable health care for all, and helping working-class families recover financially from the recent economic downturn. In stark contrast to his anti-LGBTQ opponent, Biden also spoke directly to LGBTQ voters, promising to advance the LGBTQ Equality Act and reverse Trump’s infamous trans military ban if elected. His campaign even launched an initiative aimed at queer voters and timed to LGBTQ Pride Month in June. It appears to have been successful, too: As NewNowNext reported earlier this week, preliminary exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool estimated that 61% of LGBTQ voters cast their ballots for Biden.
In a statement, Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Biden in May, celebrated the Dem’s history-making win:
The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris proves once again that equality is a winning issue.
The Biden/Harris ticket is the most pro-equality ticket in history. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are not just willing to be our allies, but they are true advocates for equality. And they’ve done it for decades. From Biden’s work championing hate crimes protections in the 1980s to Harris performing some of the first marriages for LGBTQ couples after Prop 8 was overturned, these leaders have a clear vision that centers unity over division. A vision where LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination and are afforded the freedoms and rights we should all have. A vision where transgender and gender non-conforming people don’t fear for their lives walking down the street. A vision where LGBTQ children are loved, embraced and protected from bullying.
But hard work lies ahead. Trump, Pence and anti-equality forces left us with unlawful and regressive policies that have stripped away protections marginalized communities have had for years. In the coming days, the Human Rights Campaign will release our Blueprint for Positive Change, charting the path forward for equality under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The future of our democracy and the quest for equality is bright.
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