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.
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.