The 2020 election was closely contended with vote margins of only a few thousand. States like Pennsylvania, which were battleground states with huge influences on the outcome, were watched closely by anxious Americans. And although the counted votes looked bleak election night as mail in votes were counted Biden slowly closed the margin and then won many of those states.
In the end the election all came down to Pennsylvania. And although up until the very last day of the election, Pennsylvania didn’t look like it was going to go blue, mail in votes pulled through. Biden won Pennsylvania with 45,000 votes. Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin have also voted blue this year. Those four states were key to Biden’s victory, especially if he had lost Pennsylvania. And because of the work of thousands and the votes of millions, Biden won the 2020 election on Saturday November 7th.
The breath of relief of millions of Americans in the moment of Biden’s victory was palpable. Videos of New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians dancing in the streets surfaced and there were marches across the country full of overjoyed Americans who saw an end to the years of pain and stress of the Trump Administration. Live reporters of various news outlets broke down in tears as Pennsylvania was declared in favor of Biden.
Biden’s victory sent ripples across America. People, like myself, who have been living in fear for four years felt the relief of millions that day. Five days of watching polls and four days of restless feverish dreams. All those years of watching a country you love grow hateful under an embarrassing and ignorant leader. Biden’s victory in the presidential election, and all that means for the next four years of our lives, was like the final word in the end of a long and agonizing story. There was a reprieve in learning that we were no longer under the government of a man who wanted nothing but pain for us and for our home so intense that we can’t hope to explain it but can only share it with each other.
And still, our soon to be ex-president refuses to let his sick regime go. We don’t know what to anticipate from this situation, because no president has refused to concede an election, let alone done it in a way that is so clearly meant to incite violence.
And we’ve already seen violence in the days leading up to the election. Instances like the Trump Train, a group that attempted to run a Biden campaign bus off the road, was just one example. In addition, there are cities across America that were preparing for civil unrest following the election. Even the National Guard is preparing to defend places like Portland, Oregon that have declared a state of emergency because of potential violence.
America is not known for refusing to accept and properly follow the democratic process. But that is one more thing that the Trump presidency has taken away from us. And Trump will try to steal it one last time by fighting tooth and nail to have votes thrown out. He has already taken to Twitter to declare himself the winner and insist that vote counting stop. But our country won’t stand for this. Already various organizations have spoken about and raised money to stop Trump from stealing our election. Joe Biden’s campaign manager revealed that they have a team of lawyers ready to fight every lawsuit Trump makes. And of course, these protections don’t mean don’t worry, but it does mean don’t give up.
About the Author:
After being subjected to homophobic harassment in the classroom, Isabella decided to try and use her writing to encourage others to stand up for each other and themselves. Isabella is a high school student in Lafayette, IN.