Την 03η Νοεμβρίου διεξήχθησαν ίσως οι κρισιμότερες προεδρικές εκλογές στις ΗΠΑ τουλάχιστον από το 1945. Μετά από 4 χρόνια προεδρίας του D. Trump, ο Λαός των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής είχε την ευκαιρία (σημείωση: η εκλογική διαδικασία σε ένα τμήμα της είχε αρχίσει νωρίτερα με το early voting στις διάφορες μορφές του) να εκφράσει την άποψη του διαμέσου του πολύτιμου δικαιώματος του αυτού της ψήφου του όσον αφορά την κατάσταση στη χώρα.
Ο D. Trump εκλέχθηκε με διχαστικό – μνησίκακο – γεμάτο ψεύδη λόγο, με αυτόν άσκησε την προεδρία της χώρας, προβαίνοντας σε εξαιρετικά αρνητικές ενέργειες όπως η έξοδος της χώρας από τον Παγκόσμιο Οργανισμό Υγείας – την Συμφωνία του Παρισιού για το Κλίμα – την Συμφωνία για τα πυρηνικά του Ιράν. Αντιμετώπισε με τον πλέον άθλιο τρόπο το ζήτημα του ιού με αποτέλεσμα οι θάνατοι να αγγίζουν ένα νούμερο σταθμό. Με αυτά ως παρακαταθήκη, όδευσε στο να αντιμετωπίσει τον Υποψήφιο των Δημοκρατικών J. Biden στις προεδρικές εκλογές της 03ης Νοεμβρίου του 2020.
Το απόγευμα του Σαββάτου (07/11/2020), η πλήρης καταμέτρηση των ψήφων δεν έχει περατωθεί αλλά βρίσκεται πια σε τελικό στάδιο, ο J. Biden κατάφερε να λάβει στο Εκλεκτορικό Κολλέγιο 290 εκλέκτορες, αναμένεται να φθάσει τους 306, έτσι έχοντας ξεπεράσει τον ‘‘μαγικό’’ αριθμό 270 (ο απαιτούμενος για ανάδειξη Προέδρου), ανακηρύχθηκε ο νικητής των εκλογών & ο 46ος Πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ, η δε Kamala Harris νέα Αντιπρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ, καταρρίπτοντας την δεύτερη πιο υψηλή ‘‘γυάλινη οροφή’’ στην χώρα και έγινε η πρώτη Γυναίκα Αντιπρόεδρος.
Τα μέχρι στιγμής αποτελέσματα των εκλογών σε ποσοστό και ψήφους (γενικό επίπεδο και 12 κρίσιμες πολιτείες) έχουν ως εξής:
- J. Biden (President-elect): 290 Εκλέκτορες – 50.6% – 75.215.431 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 214 – 47.7% – 70.812.715 ψήφοι.
North Carolina (15 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 48.7% – 2.658.274 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 50.1% – 2.733.645 ψήφοι.
Georgia (16 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 49.5% – 2.465.500 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 49.3% – 2.455.305 ψήφοι.
Iowa (06 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 45% – 757.707 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 53.2% – 896.100 ψήφοι.
Arizona (11 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 49.5% – 1.631.286 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 49% – 1.612.733 ψήφοι.
Wisconsin (10 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 49.6% – 1.630.570 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 48.9% – 1.610.030 ψήφοι.
Michigan (16 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 50.6% – 2.790.648 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 47.9% – 2.644.525 ψήφοι.
Nevada (06 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 50.1% – 657.248 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 47.7% – 625.784 ψήφοι.
New Hampshire (04 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 52.8% – 423.291 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 45.6% – 365.373 ψήφοι.
Ohio (18 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 45.2% – 2.603.731 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 53.4% – 3.074.418 ψήφοι.
Pennsylvania (20 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 49.7% – 3.355.387 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 49.1% – 3.314.164 ψήφοι.
Texas (38 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 46.4% – 5.217.656 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 52.2% – 5.865.248 ψήφοι.
Florida (29 εκλέκτορες):
- J. Biden (President-elect): 47.9% – 5.284.453 ψήφοι.
- D. Trump: 51.2% – 5.658.847 ψήφοι.
Με βάση τα παραπάνω στοιχεία, ο J. Biden προηγείτο σε 7 από τις δώδεκα κρίσιμες πολιτείες για την ανάδειξη προέδρου, κατέρριψε δε το ρεκόρ ψήφων του B. Obama και εξελέξη με τις περισσότερες ψήφους στην ιστορία των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής. Είναι δε αυτός που προβαίνει σ’ ένα ακόμα ιστορικό επίτευγμα, αυτό της νίκης στην πολιτεία της Georgia, αυτό γίνεται 3η φορά.
Οι νικητήριοι λόγοι που έδωσαν ο J. Biden (President-elect) & η Kamala Harris (Vice President-elect) αποτελούν οραματικού χαρακτήρα λόγοι για μία νέα – θετική – πολλά υποσχόμενη εποχή, και έχουν ως εξής:
J. Biden (President-elect):
‘‘My fellow Americans, and the people who brought me to the dance: Delawareans. I see my buddy Tom, Senator Tom Carper, down there. And I think, I think Senator Coons is there. And I think the governor’s around and … is that Ruth Ann? And that’s former Governor Ruth Ann Minner. Most importantly, my sisters-in-law, my and my sister, Valerie. Anyway.
Folks, the people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we, the people. We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of the nation. Seventy-four million.
Well, I must admit, it surprised me tonight. We’re seeing all over this nation, all cities and all parts of the country, indeed across the world, an outpouring of joy, of hope, renewed faith in tomorrow to bring a better day. And I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States.
I’ll work with all my heart, with the confidence of the whole people, to win the confidence of all of you. And for that is what America, I believe, is about. It’s about people. And that’s what our administration will be all about. I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation: the middle class. And to make America respected around the world again. And to unite us here at home.
It’s the honor of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for that vision. And now the work of making that vision is real. It’s a task, the task of our time.
Folks, as I said many times before, I’m Jill’s husband. And I would not be here without her love and tireless support of Jill and my son Hunter, and Ashley, my daughter and all our grandchildren and their spouses and all our family. They’re my heart.
Jill is a mom, a military mom, an educator. She has dedicated her life to education. But teaching isn’t just what she does. It’s who she is. For American educators, this is a great day for you all. You’re going to have one of your own in the White House, and Jill is going to make a great first lady. I’m so proud of her.
I’ll have the honor of serving with a fantastic vice president. You just heard from Kamala Harris, who makes history as the first woman, first Black woman, the first woman from South Asian descent, the first daughter of immigrants ever elected to this country. Don’t tell me it’s not possible in the United States. It’s long overdue.
And we’re reminded tonight of those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. Once again, America’s bent the arc of the moral universe more toward justice. Kamala, Doug, like it or not, you’re family. You become an honorary Biden, there’s no way out.
All those of you who volunteered and worked the polls in the middle of a pandemic, local elected officials: You deserve a special thanks from the entire nation.
And to my campaign team and all the volunteers and all who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible. I owe you. I owe you. I owe you everything.
And all those who supported us. I’m proud of the campaign we built. I’m proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse coalition in history. Democrats, Republicans, independents, progressives, moderates, conservatives, young, old, urban, suburban, rural, gay, straight, transgender, white, Latino, Asian, Native American.
I mean it. And especially those moments when this campaign was at its lowest ebb, the African American community stood up again for me. You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.
I said at the outset, I wanted to represent this campaign to represent and look like America. We’ve done that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like and act like.
For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance.
It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again. Listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They’re Americans.
The Bible tells us to everything there is a season, a time to build, a time to reap and a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.
Now, this campaign is over. What is the will of the people? What is our mandate? I believe it’s this: America has called upon us to marshal the forces of decency, the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time. The battle to control the virus, the battle to build prosperity, the battle to secure your family’s health care. The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country. And the battle to save our planet by getting climate under control.
The battle to restore decency, defend democracy and give everybody in this country a fair shot. That’s all they’re asking for. A fair shot.
Folks, our work begins with getting covid under control. We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality or relish life’s most precious moments, hugging our grandchildren, our children, our birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us, until we get it under control.
On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisers to help take the Biden-Harris covid plan and convert it into an action blueprint that will start on January the 20th, 2021.
That plan will be built on bedrock science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic.
Folks, I’m a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. I’ll work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did. Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now.
Refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another. It’s not some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision, a choice we make. And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate.
And I believe that this is part of the mandate given to us from the American people. They want us to cooperate in their interest. And that’s the choice I’ll make. And I’ll call on Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, to make that choice with me.
The American story is about slow, yet steadily widening the opportunities in America. And make no mistake, too many dreams have been deferred for too long. We must make the promises of the country real for everybody, no matter their race, their ethnicity, their faith, their identity or their disability.
Folks, America has always, is shaped, by inflection points, by moments in time. We’ve made hard decisions about who we are and what we want to be. Lincoln in 1860 coming to save the Union. FDR in 1932, promising a beleaguered country a new deal. JFK in 1960 pledging a new frontier. And twelve years ago, when Barack Obama made history, he told us, yes, we can.
Well, folks, we stand at an inflection point. We have an opportunity to defeat despair, to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America. We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. And what presidents say in this battle matters. It’s time for our better angels to prevail. Tonight, the whole world is watching America, and I believe in our best, America is a beacon for the globe.
We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. I know I’ve always — believe many of you heard me say it — I’ve always believed we can define America in one word: possibilities. That in America, everyone should be given an opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them.
You see, I believe in the possibilities of this country. We’re always looking ahead. Ahead to an America that is freer and more just. Ahead to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Ahead to an America that cures diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Ahead to an America that never leaves anyone behind. Ahead to an America that never gives up, never gives in, this great nation.
It’s always been a bad bet to bet against America. We’re good people. This is the United States of America. There’s never been anything, never been anything we’ve been not able to do when we’ve done it together.
Folks, the last days of the campaign, I began thinking about a hymn that means a lot to me and my family, particularly my deceased son, Beau. It captures the faith that sustains me, and which I believe sustains America.
And I hope — and I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the 230,000 Americans who’ve lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Hopefully, this hymn gives you solace as well.
And it goes like this: And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, and make you sign just like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand. And now together, on eagles wings, we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do, with full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and each other, with love of country, a thirst for justice.
Let us be the nation that we know we can. A nation united, a nation strengthened. A nation healed. The United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, there’s never, never been anything we’ve tried we’ve not been able to do.
So I remember as my grandpa said when I walked out of his home when I was a kid up in Scranton, he said: “Joey, keep the faith.” And our grandmother, when she was alive, she yelled: “No, Joey, spread it.” Spread the faith.
God love you all. May God bless America, and may God protect our troops. Thank you. Thank you’’.
Kamala Harris (Vice President-elect):
Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote: “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.”
And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed.
It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it and never take it for granted.
And protecting our democracy takes struggle.
It takes sacrifice. There is joy in it and there is progress.
Because “We The People” have the power to build a better future.
And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.
To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team — thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process and for making this victory possible.
To the poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted — our nation owes you a debt of gratitude as you have protected the integrity of our democracy.
And to the American people who make up our beautiful country — thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard.
I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months.
The grief, sorrow, and pain. The worries and the struggles.
But we’ve also witnessed your courage, your resilience, and the generosity of your spirit.
For four years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives, and for our planet.
And then, you voted. You delivered a clear message.
You chose hope, unity, decency, science, and, yes, truth.
You chose Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America.
Joe is a healer. A uniter. A tested and steady hand.
A person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us, as a nation, reclaim our own sense of purpose.
And a man with a big heart who loves with abandon.
It’s his love for Jill, who will be an incredible first lady.
It’s his love for Hunter, Ashley, his grandchildren, and the entire Biden family.
And while I first knew Joe as Vice President, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend, who we remember here today.
To my husband Doug, our children Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and our whole family — I love you all more than I can express.
We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey.
And to the woman most responsible for my presence here today — my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.
When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment.
But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.
So, I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black women.
Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight.
Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all, including the Black women, who are too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.
All the women who worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century: 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act, and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.
Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision — to see what can be unburdened by what has been — I stand on their shoulders.
And what a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president.
But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last.
Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.
And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message:
Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.
And we will applaud you every step of the way.
To the American people:
No matter who you voted for, I will strive to be the vice president that Joe was to President Obama — loyal, honest, and prepared, waking up every day thinking of you and your families. Because now is when the real work begins.
The hard work. The necessary work. The good work.
The essential work to save lives and beat this pandemic.
To rebuild our economy so it works for working people.
To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society.
To combat the climate crisis.
To unite our country and heal the soul of our nation.
The road ahead will not be easy.
But America is ready. And so are Joe and I.
We have elected a president who represents the best in us.
A leader the world will respect and our children can look up to.
A commander-in-chief who will respect our troops and keep our country safe.
And a president for all Americans.
It is now my great honor to introduce the President-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden’’.
Η νίκη του J. Biden & της K. Harris οφείλεται πέρα και πάνω από όλα στην προσπάθεια που κατέβαλε η προοδευτική πτέρυγα του ΔΚ για την στήριξη του πρώτου, με προεξάρχουσες προσωπικότητες όπως ο Bernie Sanders, η Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, η Elizabeth Warren. J. Biden & Bernie Sanders λίγο μετά την νίκη του πρώτου επί του χρίσματος προέβησαν σε ένα σύμφωνο συνεργασίας για μία ισχυρή προοδευτική ατζέντα.
Στην κοινή του συνέντευξη ώρες πριν την εκλογική αναμέτρηση με τις εξαιρετικές Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, ο Bernie Sanders θα αναφέρει τα παρακάτω για το μέλλον της προεδρίας J. Biden:
- “We understand that electing Biden is not the end all, it is the beginning”.
- “Our first task, we’ve got to defeat the worst president in the modern history of this country and number two, we organize our people to make sure that Biden becomes the most progressive president since FDR”.
Θαύματα ουδείς/ουδεμία αναμένει.
Ο J. Biden μπορεί να γίνει από τους πλέον προοδευτικούς Προέδρους των ΗΠΑ.
Υ.Γ.1ο. Η προσπάθεια του απερχόμενου Προέδρου D. Trump για υπονόμευση του εκλογικού αποτελέσματος μέσω προσφυγής στο Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο (Supreme Court), αν φθάσει μέχρι εκεί, θα πέσει στο κενό.
Υ.Γ.2ο. Ο D. Trump & οι υποστηρικτές/υποστηρίκτριες του στις ΗΠΑ & οπουδήποτε αλλού, καλό θα ήταν να δουν την ομιλία παραδοχής ήττας του Αείμνηστου John McCain.
Υ.Γ.3ο. Η εποχή του D. Trump τελείωσε, μία νέα ανατέλλει, οι μάχες μπροστά που πρέπει να δοθούν πολλές & δύσκολες σε πολλαπλά επίπεδα, το δυσκολότερο όλων η εκρίζωση του τραμπισμού.
Αρχισυντάκτης Στήλης Ευρώπης.
Γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στον Βύρωνα Αττικής.
Έχει λάβει το πρώτο του πτυχίο από το Τμήμα Πολιτικής Επιστήμης & Ιστορίας στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο Κοινωνικών & Πολιτικών Επιστημών.
Κατέχει δεύτερο πτυχίο στο Τμήμα Διεθνών, Ευρωπαϊκών & Περιφερειακών Σπουδών με κατεύθυνση Διεθνείς Οικονομικές Σχέσεις & στοιχεία Διεθνούς Δικαίου – Ευρωπαϊκής Ολοκλήρωσης του ιδίου Πανεπιστημίου.