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Joe Biden Projected Winner
IT'S OVER: Biden defeats Trump as US voters take the rare step to remove an incumbent president
  • The Democratic nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump, according to Decision Desk HQ.
  • Biden surpassed 270 electoral votes by flipping the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
  • Biden enjoyed a steady, but ultimately overstated, lead over Trump in polls in critical states in the weeks before the election.
  • His victory represents a rebuke of Trump's tumultuous and divisive presidency by the US electorate.
The Democratic nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the 2020 presidential election as of early Friday, after voters rejected President Donald Trump's chaotic and deeply polarizing first term.

Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, made history by becoming the nation's first female, Black, and Indian American vice president.

Biden surpassed the 270 electoral votes required to win the White House by flipping the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, according to projections by Decision Desk HQ. Two other states, Georgia and Nevada, are continuing to count ballots in their tight races.

Biden won over 3 million more votes than Trump as of Friday, a lead that's likely to grow as states finalize their results in the coming days and weeks.

Trump's legacy

The Trump administration presided over a period of rancor and division within American politics not seen in the past several decades. This year alone the US endured a blistering recession, a pandemic, rolling national lockdowns, civil unrest stemming from high-profile police brutality, and riots in major American cities involving confrontations between heavily armed police and protesters. These incidents defined Trump's last year in office in a personal way, extending from his use of tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House to his own diagnosis with COVID-19.
Trump's style of governance can be traced to the beginning of his campaign, which he kicked off by smearing Mexicans as criminals and rapists. His brash style appealed to many in the Republican base, and his 2016 campaign was headlined by large-scale popular rallies where thousands of his fans would gather, often televised to millions more. Trump's atypical style — coupled with strategic deficiencies in the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's rival campaign and Russia's interference in the election in Trump's favor — propelled him to a surprise victory.

Fox News reportedly told on-air talent not to refer to Joe Biden as the 'president-elect' even if the network calls the 2020 race for him
  • Fox News has instructed all on-air talent not to refer to Joe Biden as the president-elect even if the network projects him as the winner of the 2020 election, CNN's Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter reported.
  • Fox News told talent to "stay away" from calling Biden the president-elect and said hosts and anchors should instead emphasize the flurry of legal challenges that President Donald Trump's campaign has filed in several battleground states to contest the election results.
  • Earlier Friday, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected Biden as the winner of the election after he picked up Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes.
  • Trump has filed more than half a dozen lawsuits in battleground states including Pennsylvania and spread lies claiming the election was rigged against him and there was widespread voter fraud.
  • A number of primetime stars on Fox News followed the president's lead, saying the "outcome of our presidential election was seized from the hands of voters" and that there should be a "do-over" in Pennsylvania.
  • As Business Insider has reported, there is no evidence of widespread voter or election fraud, and this election was among the safest and most secure because of the use of paper ballots and voting machines with verifiable paper trails.

Biden campaign on Trump's refusal to concede: 'The US government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House'
  • In response to reports that President Donald Trump plans to refuse to concede the 2020 election, the Biden campaign on Friday suggested the president could be escorted from the White House.
  • "The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House," a Biden campaign spokesperson said.
  • President-elect Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 election by Insider and DDHQ on Friday.

Like the election, Trump has a sad history of prematurely claiming victory only to have it backfire
  • President Donald Trump claimed victory in the 2020 presidential election days before all the votes had been counted. As more legal votes were tallied, his edge eroded, and he lost to his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
  • Throughout Trump's presidency, he has repeatedly prematurely declared victory only to see the situation deteriorate. These include the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing fight against ISIS, and the North Korean nuclear threat that still looms.

Donald Trump is probably going to ghost us
  • Do you see Donald Trump clapping politely at Joe Biden's Inauguration Day?
  • Me neither.
  • My bet is that after Biden wins and the GOP turns his back on him, Trump will ghost us.
  • He can't face losing, so he'll probably go to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas and never come back.
I think Trump was wasn't really kidding when he told crowds at his rallies that if he lost people would "never see" him again. He is not a man who can stomach losing. He has weaseled his way out of debt, ghosted contractors, failed to pay massive bills, and walked away from bankruptcy over and over again. He has been caught in lies, and he has reportedly gotten away with massive tax avoidance schemes. I cannot imagine him clapping politely at the inauguration while Joe Biden is sworn as the 46th President of the United States of America.

Maybe there will be some legal battles ahead and there may very well be protests and violence. I'm not saying that this is going to pretty. Trump has never gone anywhere quietly in his life. But what I'm saying is that if democracy is respected and other elected officials uphold their obligation to our country, Trump will have to leave the White House. I do not think he is capable of doing so with any grace. Instead I think he will go to Mar-a-Lago (maybe for Christmas, maybe just for the weekend) and he just won't go back to Washington. He will ghost us.

It's not as if he feels like he has pressing matters at the White House — he had an incredibly light schedule for a president anyway — and he never cared much for passing legislation. The work of the presidency has never interested him, just the power.

And if the power is fading, then what's the appeal? Do you think Donald Trump will enjoy being referred to as a "lame duck president?"

Hell no. Watch him ghost us.

Bolsonaro abandons 'friend' Trump after 2020 election, says he's 'not the most important person in the world'
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is distancing himself from President Donald Trump after the 2020 election.
  • Bolsonaro, who has until now been an ally of the US president, said Trump is "not the most important person in the world."
  • Trump has falsely declared victory in the election and baselessly suggested that it's being stolen from him.
  • On Friday morning, Insider and Decision Desk HQ declared Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race.
  • Current and former leaders from around the world have begun congratulating the longtime politician on Twitter.

As Biden inches closer to victory, U.S. allies cautiously weigh outreach amid Trump threats
Donald Trump Jr.’s call on Twitter for a “total war” over the election struck with particular resonance. Bild, Germany’s biggest tabloid, said the “words brought back memories of the infamous speech by Hitler’s propaganda minister Josef Goebbels” when he called for “total war” as Germany lost the upper hand in World War II.

Philadelphians are dancing in the streets to celebrate Joe Biden's lead in Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia residents took to the streets to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden's lead in Pennsylvania on Friday.
  • The wave of excitement comes after Philadelphia County became increasingly critical to delivering Biden an election victory.
Philadelphia's mayor Jim Kenney sought to put the accusations to rest on Friday, declaring that Trump should "frankly put his big boy pants on."

"He needs to acknowledge the fact that he lost and he needs to congratulate the winner," Kennedy said during a press conference. "Stop this and let us move forward as a country."

Republican officials tried to convince Pennsylvania Trump supporters to cast illegal ballots after Election Day
  • GOP officials in Wisconsin urged followers Thursday night to contact supporters of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and vote.
  • Any ballot cast after Tuesday, which was Election Day, is illegal.
  • Trump himself has raised the specter of voter fraud on multiple occasions and provided no evidence for his claims.
Ben Geffen, an attorney at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, told The Daily Beast that Republicans may have hoped to slip in illegal votes in an attempt to show that the vote-counting process is flawed.

"I wonder if they're doing this in hopes of slipping one through and then waving it around as an example of the flawed process," he said. "The real story is, it sounds like the Trump campaign is promoting cheating."

Trump supporters are flocking to alternative social networks to plan election-office protests after Facebook banned groups that attracted hundreds of thousands of members (FB)
  • On Thursday, Facebook removed a group called "Stop the Steal," which echoed accusations made by President Trump and falsely accused Democrats of trying to steal the presidential election for Joe Biden. The group accumulated 365,000 members before it was shut down.
  • However, organizers were prepared for Facebook's removal of the group, and have already mobilized thousands of anti-vote protesters on alternative social networks MeWe and Parler, which emphasize users' rights and privacy and have attracted prominent Republicans to their platforms.
  • MeWe users have expanded their efforts to organize boots-on-the-ground protests in states won by Joe Biden, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Illinois.
The term "Stop the Steal" was made notorious during the 2016 presidential election by GOP political consultant Roger Stone, who formed an activist group under the same name and threatened "days of non-violent demonstrations, protests and lobbying delegates face to face" if Trump wasn't named the Republican nominee. Stone was convicted of seven counts of obstruction of justice and other crimes and sentenced to 40 months in federal prison before his sentence was commuted by President Trump in July. Stone was also kicked off of Facebook in July, with Facebook claiming he ran a network of more than 100 "inauthentic" pages and accounts to spread disinformation.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.