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Americans react to Biden’s victory — and Trump’s defeat

Large crowds throughout the United States celebrate Democratic victory, while supporters of the incumbent president protest the election results

  • People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Saturday, November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Saturday, November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
  • People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza react to the presidential race being called in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Saturday, November 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza react to the presidential race being called in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Saturday, November 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Supporters of President Donald Trump stand outside of the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas, Saturday, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    Supporters of President Donald Trump stand outside of the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas, Saturday, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate near the Pennsylvania State Capitol, November 7, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate near the Pennsylvania State Capitol, November 7, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • Motorists celebrate after the 2020 US presidential election is called for President-elect Joe Biden, November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Motorists celebrate after the 2020 US presidential election is called for President-elect Joe Biden, November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Jubilant crowds celebrated the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States on Saturday, honking horns, cheering and dancing in the streets across the country.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence turned out to express their disapproval and to back the incumbent, who has not conceded and vowed a legal fight.

After Pennsylvania became the state that put Biden over the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College, impromptu street parties broke out from Philadelphia to New York to Harris’s hometown of Oakland, California, where supporters in face masks held up campaign signs beneath a theater marquee reading “Every vote must be counted.”

In Washington, crowds rallied in the recently redubbed Black Lives Matter Plaza just steps from the White House and the site of large protests against racial injustice earlier this year. Outside Vaughn’s Lounge in New Orleans, revelers bathed in a champagne shower.

Meredith Walsh celebrates the victory of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Oakland, California, on November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A couple pauses to look towards the White House in Washington as people gather to celebrate the US presidential race being called in favor of Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A protester holds a baseball bat, November 7, 2020, in Salem, Oregon, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
People celebrate outside Vaughn’s Lounge in the Bywater section of New Orleans, November 7, 2020, after news outlets called the United States presidential election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People watch the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as it rolls through Arlington, Virginia, heading back to the White House, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
People flooded the streets to celebrate US President-elect Joe Biden’s win over President Donald Trump on November 7, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
A pinata depicting US President Donald Trump rests on the ground as several hundred people celebrate the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in San Francisco on November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Supporters of US President-elect Joe Biden celebrate outside Trump Tower, November 7, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The mood was grim among Trump backers near the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, where a woman in a campaign T-shirt held up a crucifix, a glum expression on her face. In North Las Vegas, outside the local elections department offices, an armed supporter of the president raised a defiant fist into the air as red, white and blue Trump flags fluttered.

There were also pro-Trump demonstrations from Atlanta to Philadelphia. The latter, like some other cities, saw people from opposite camps come face-to-face, leading to some shouting and jawing back and forth.

An angry supporter of US President Donald Trump shouts at crowds of celebrating demonstrators after the 2020 presidential election is called for President-elect Joe Biden, November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Folk musician Ted Hefko performs next to a mock casket with the name Trump written on it, as patrons dine at the Bywater Bakery in New Orlean, November 7, 2020, just an hour after news outlets called the US presidential election. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Supporters of Donald Trump demonstrate in Beverly Hills, California, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a gun near the Oregon State Capitol building, November 7, 2020, in Salem, Oregon, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A supporter of US President Donald Trump during a rally in Beverly Hills, California, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally in Beverly Hills, California, November 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H/.W. Chiu)

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