Owners of liquor stores in Washington D.C. say supporters of President-elect Joe Biden bought more bottles of champagne on Saturday than at the two previous New Year’s Eve celebrations combined.
The Rodmans Food & Drug Store in downtown Washington is the only liquor store location where owners claim to have sold more champagne bottles in the past 12 hours than on all previous holidays combined. Photos and videos from all over the country’s capital show happy people in pro-biden clothes celebrating his election victory over President Donald Trump. A Fox News correspondent near the White House said that in the hours since the announcement of Biden’s victory, the celebrations smelled of marijuana and the spraying of champagne bottles continued.
Several Getty pictures show hundreds of empty Veuve Cliquot champagne bottles, wine bottles and Truly Hard Seltzers stacked against trash cans throughout Washington. A customer at the Tenley Market liquor store twittered on Saturday night that champagne and blunt packaging was also being sold there.
A lot of people were popping champagne outside the White House pic.twitter.com/bMYdTxXdrc
– Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) November 7, 2020
“Pop champagne bottles near the White House. Thousands are celebrating the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States,” NBC D.C. reporter Shomari Stone tweeted and reported on the loud pro-Biden party on Black Lives Matter Plaza north of the White House.
“I’ve now been sprayed with tear gas and champagne at the same place,” noted Andrew Beaujon, managing editor of The Washingtonian. He tweeted a selfie showing himself and other Biden supporters celebrating near Lafayette Park, where National Guard troops used tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse protesters for a June Trump photo op.
Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert noted on Saturday night: “The street party is dying a little bit, but there is still the very pungent smell of marijuana, which could be one of the reasons why things haven’t really gotten out of control. There was a report that more bottles of champagne were sold in D.C. today than at some New Year’s celebrations. All afternoon we saw people banging the bottles and spraying the crowd. And you can see the guy with the champagne bottle over there.”
With “You’re Fired” signs in their hands and just a few feet from the White House, thousands of Biden supporters and Trump critics were celebrating by drinking from champagne bottles. The owner of the Rodmans grocery store on Wisconsin Ave. NW told NBC D.C. that his store sold out of champagne bottles amidst sales that eclipsed the last two New Year’s Eve celebrations combined.
The “Cha-Cha Slide” could be heard over loudspeakers as dancing Biden supporters celebrated Trump’s announced defeat all Saturday afternoon. Echoes of “na na na na na na, hey hey hey hey, goodbye” could be heard in virtually every video recorded of the celebrations.
“When the president looks out his White House window… that’s the crowd he sees. A bunch of signs saying “You’re fired” and chanting,” Vittert added, noting that according to U.S. intelligence, no one has ever tried to climb the walls around the White House grounds in the middle of the celebration.
Commenting on the celebrations, the daughter of the late Senator John McCain said Trump should be ashamed of the joy that his departure has brought to so many Americans, especially those in New York and Washington. New York bartenders and liquor store owners shared the same selling sentiment, with Liam Johnson, a bartender from NYC, tweeting, “We have sold out champagne at the bar, so…..
“I can’t imagine my father losing and our hometown of Phoenix bursting into cheers with people pouring champagne over each other and singing and dancing. Maybe the Trump’s don’t give a shit about their hometown, but… yeeeesssshhhhh…”, tweeted Meghan McCain.
Washington Newsday asked the Metropolitan Police and the Trump campaign for a comment….