The announcement that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election sparked spontaneous street celebrations across the country on Saturday.
Just seconds after the race was called, a crowd at the Black Lives Matter square outside the White House erupted in cheers.
The chants of “America” and “Democracy look like this” erupted when a woman opened a bottle of champagne and sprayed it into the crowd.
Revelers also filled some streets of New York City. And in a video posted on Twitter, cars ring their horns as pedestrians cheer on the sidewalk.
Celebrations also erupted in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and Chicago, where a video showed an outsider cheering and banging a pot while a child with tambourine plunged into a dance.
In Miami, diners can be seen clapping and cheering when Biden’s victory is announced.
In a statement, Biden said: “I am very honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and Vice President-elect Harris … When the campaign is over, it’s time to dismiss it. anger and harsh words behind us and came together as one nation. “
The victory ended one of the most tumultuous and longest running campaigns in modern history. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20 with Senator Kamala Harris as his vice president. She will be the first woman, the first black and the first South Asian American to hold that position.
While many across the country rejoiced, some small crowds of pro-Trump groups lamented the announcement of Biden’s victory. In Lansing, Michigan, a crowd gathered outside the state Capitol shouting “USA! USA!” and “We won’t stop.”
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