Joe Biden’s tweet about winning the 2020 presidential election on Saturday quickly became his most popular post ever, winning over 2.6 million sympathizers in just a few hours.
The former vice president was declared the winner in a close race against President Donald Trump on Saturday morning after he maintained his leadership in Pennsylvania. Following the announcement of major news channels, Biden tweeted that he was “honored” to become the 46th President of the United States.
“America, I am honored that you have elected me to lead our great country. The work that lies ahead will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a president for all Americans, whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the trust you have placed in me,” he wrote.
America, I am honored that you have elected me to lead our great country.
The work that lies ahead will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a president for all Americans, whether you elected me or not.
I will keep the trust you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Along with his explanation, Biden showed a video showing Americans from all walks of life while the song “America the Beautiful” was played in the background. The video ends with the message “One country for all Americans”, which is in line with the message of his campaign to unify the country.
By Saturday afternoon, the tweet had been liked over 2.6 million times and shared over 680,000 times, making it his most popular contribution ever.
The former vice president also tweeted a congratulatory message from his vice president Kamala Harris, which was clicked on more than 25 million times.
We made it @JoeBiden. pic.twitter.com/oCgeylsjB4
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
Biden received 74.5 million votes throughout the election, breaking the previous record set by Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
Although the final votes have not yet been counted, Biden won the presidency thanks to Pennsylvania and also led in Georgia and Arizona. On Saturday, Nevada was called for Biden, while Trump maintained his lead in North Carolina.
The former vice president only gained traction with Trump on Thursday after taking power in both Wisconsin and Michigan, two states that voted for Trump in 2016.
The 2020 election was Biden’s third attempt to become president of the United States, and his victory makes him the oldest person elected to the White House.
Harris will also make history as the first woman and first colored woman ever to serve as Vice President. They are expected to deliver their official acceptance speeches tonight at 8:00 p.m. (ET) from Wilmington, Delaware.
A number of politicians and world leaders have congratulated both Biden and Harris, and crowds of supporters have gathered in cities across the country to celebrate the election results.
While Biden is expected to take the oath of office on January 20, 2021, Trump has declared that he will not give up the race and called it “far from over”.
“Starting Monday, our campaign will begin to pursue our case in court to ensure that the election laws are fully respected and the rightful winner takes his place,” the Trump campaign said in a statement on Saturday.
Washington Newsday asked both the Biden and Trump campaigns for additional comments.