On Saturday, after nearly a week of counting, Democrat candidate Joe Biden won the election to become the 46th president of the United States of America, according to various American network news channels. The news comes after Biden beat Trump at the battleground of Pennsylvania, which helped him cross the 270 electoral votes he needed to win. With 20 electoral votes from the state, Biden won a total of 273 electoral votes.
Biden, 78, is set to be the oldest president in US history. Soon after the count, he took to Twitter to make a statement. "America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country," he said. "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," he added.
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
While media houses have called the election in favour of Biden, Donald Trump has not conceded to accept the results and will most likely not quit without a legal fight. On Saturday, just ahead of several US networks projecting Biden as the next President, he made a false claim of victory.
"I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!" Trump tweeted.
I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
Twitter promptly flagged his tweet, adding the message that official sources had not called the presidential race so far.
The message has been displaying on several tweets from Trump which talk about premature victory and redirects users to a page where the status of the election is displayed.