Following one of the most contentious elections in modern history, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared president-elect Saturday morning after securing the necessary 270 electoral college votes needed to win the race to the White House.
Pennsylvania pushed Biden over the top with its 20 electoral votes, four days after voters went to the polls on Nov. 3. Biden’s victory cements President Donald Trump’s defeat, although Trump is vowing a court battle.
President-elect Biden will have Kamala Harris as his second-in-command, setting an historic precedent as she becomes the first female, the first Black person and first Asian American vice president. Harris will also be the first HBCU graduate to ascend to the vice presidency.
As news of the Biden-Harris win spread across social media, familiar names in entertainment and politics took to Twitter to share their excitement.
“The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris,” longtime Democratic supporter Kerry Washington tweeted.
“The national nightmare is over,” actor and comedian Josh Gad wrote on Twitter.
“Let the party start all over the world,” director Spike Lee, who has frequently traded insults with Trump, shared on Instagram.
Comedian Kathy Griffin, another Trump nemesis, borrowed from reality TV to mock the nation’s 45th president, tweeting: “The Biggest Loser” next a picture of Trump.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Ava DuVernay shared a clip of Trump on The Apprentice that included the caption “You’re Fired!”
“Tears of Joy! What a day! History has been made! We did it!” pop star Ciara captioned an emotional video she shared on Twitter.
“This is vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered,” added political commentator Van Jones in a video CNN posted on Twitter.
Former President Barack Obama and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also shared their reactions.
“Congratulations to my friends, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris — our next President and Vice President of the United States,” Obama tweeted.
Added Clinton on Twitter: “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.”
Read the tweets below.
The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/EdWQc5rpYD
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 7, 2020
The National nightmare is over.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 7, 2020
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2020
The Biggest Loser pic.twitter.com/iMC1WD2sM6
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 7, 2020
— Ciara (@ciara) November 7, 2020
“This is vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered.”
— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2020
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020