The Nation’s Capital Parties Following Donald Trump's Defeat
Written by Huffingtonpost on November 7, 2020
WASHINGTON — As quickly as media shops known as the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, 1000’s of excited supporters flocked to the streets of the nation’s capital to specific their pleasure.
The town ― which overwhelmingly voted for Biden ― was jubilant. Vehicles honked as folks shouted and cheered, holding indicators celebrating Biden’s win and gloating about Donald Trump’s defeat.
On the heart of the exercise have been three blocks of 16th Avenue heading straight to the White Home ― an space now referred to as Black Lives Matter Plaza. Almost everybody wore masks as they listened to “FDT” by YG and Nipsey Hussle on repeat in the identical spot the place protesters have been tear-gassed this summer time so Trump may have a photo-op with a Bible.
Hundreds of individuals turned out on the unseasonably heat fall day to breathe a sigh of aid that Trump would lastly be out of the White Home. Some popped bottles of Champagne, others danced to music blaring from audio system.
Even former members of the Republican Social gathering got here out to rejoice.
A person who solely recognized himself as Ken drove from Annapolis, Maryland, to take part within the celebration as soon as he heard that Biden had change into the president-elect.
“I felt triumphant,” the 55-year-old, who stated he has been a Republican his total life, informed HuffPost. “I don’t know what I’d have performed had Trump received. I’d have been actually depressed, so I’m actually completely satisfied.”
Arika Johnson, a Black homosexual former member of the Coast Guard, stated she left the navy due to Trump’s divisiveness. “[Biden] will unify us. It’s not about hate anymore,” she stated. “We have to maintain his ft to the fireplace, so he does the whole lot he says he’s gonna do.”
She stated she believed Biden would take the coronavirus pandemic extra significantly than Trump has. “I wish to see him assist with COVID,” Johnson stated. “We’d like some insurance policies in there to ensure we’re staying protected and the nation is wholesome once more.”
Everett Hines, a Black man from D.C., additionally stated he hoped Biden would be capable of tamp down the raging pandemic.
“He’s gonna stage it down, as a result of he’ll take it significantly,” he stated. “I feel he’s gonna get that White Home sterilized.”
The coronavirus pandemic has to this point killed greater than 237,000 Individuals, in line with information from Johns Hopkins College. Biden has promised to prioritize getting the pandemic below management and is ready to announce a coronavirus activity power on Monday, in line with a number of studies.
Julius Olalusi and Seun Babalola stated they got here right down to Black Lives Matter Plaza to function DJs for the rising crowd as quickly as they heard the information about Biden.
“That is an especially new day in America. All people awakened in D.C. and noticed the information, and it was greater than sufficient purpose to rejoice,” stated Olalusi, 25. “And there’s nothing extra unifying than music.”
The temper couldn’t have been extra totally different from the day after the election in 2016. At the moment, D.C. ― which overwhelmingly went for Hillary Clinton ― felt prefer it was in mourning, with even the climate grey and overcast.
Different supporters exterior the White Home have been elated by the truth that Harris, a graduate of Howard College, would change into the primary HBCU graduate to ever maintain the place of vice chairman. Many Black ladies have been sporting attire regarding Harris’ sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Ashlei Brown Grier, a Ph.D. scholar at Howard and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, stated she hoped Harris’ momentous achievement would put a highlight on the plight of HBCUs.
“I simply really feel like [things are] attainable now,” stated Grier, 31. “We’d like extra funding. We’d like extra illustration, and it’s attainable as a result of we now have a vice chairman who’s an HBCU grad and my soror.”
Theo Guidry and his spouse, Gina, got here to Black Lives Matter Plaza sporting a Morehouse School sweater and Alpha Kappa Alpha shirt, respectively.
“There’s a notion that you may’t get to the very best ranges if you happen to go to an HBCU, however we’ve reached it with Kamala,” stated Theo, 33. “It signifies that the Democratic Social gathering is listening and never taking all of the Black votes without any consideration.”
Travis Waldron contributed reporting.
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