PHOENIX — After the Associated Press and other major news outlets projected Saturday morning that Joe Biden would secure enough electoral votes to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Arizona and national leaders have begun to release statements reacting to the news.
On Saturday morning, the AP projected that Biden would win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes -- a must-win state for Trump and his reelection hopes -- pushing him over the 270 vote threshold. AP also projected that Biden would in Arizona and Nevada.
Here are the statements that leaders have made so far. We will update as more statements come into the newsroom.
President-elect Joe Biden
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
The work ahead of us 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 faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.pic.twitter.com/Bb9JZpggLN— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
President Donald Trump
Prior to the AP's call of Pennsylvania and the overall presidential race, President Donald Trump sent the following tweet: "I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!"
After, a statement was released to media outlets, including the Associated Press.
"We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media."
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access. “So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”
Text of a statement from President Donald Trump on the election result. https://t.co/4q9z7QnRyq— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2020
Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate
The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020
It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs
Former President Bill Clinton
America has spoken and democracy has won. Now we have a President-Elect and Vice President-Elect who will serve all of us and bring us all together. Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on your momentous victory!— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) November 7, 2020
Former President Barack Obama
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
"Arizonans voted in record-breaking numbers to support pragmatic, practical leaders who will bring Americans together and heal our country's divisions. Today's election results represent a chance to deliver on the needs of everyday Americans, rather than a mandate to pursue partisan goals that could further divide Americans. Now is the time to deliver critical relief to Arizona families and employers, make health care more affordable, deliver for our veterans, and expand opportunities for Americans across the country - all while keeping our nation safe and secure. President-elect Biden and I do not agree on every issue, and just as I did when working with President Trump, I will always vote based on what's right for Arizona and will continue working with anyone to get things done for our state. I pledge to continue working across the aisle, seeking compromise instead of sowing division - because we are in this together. Regardless of who each of us voted for, Americans deserve a government that is worthy of us and working for us."
Meghan McCain, daughter of former Arizona Sen. John McCain
Congratulations Mr. President! @JoeBiden - one of the truly decent and moral men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Please lead our nation bravely towards healing and bipartisanship. 🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/k9oAPgvTfS— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 7, 2020
Cindy McCain, wife of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain
Congratulations to my dear friend and President-elect @JoeBiden Vice-President-elect @KamalaHarris. Its time to move beyond politics and toward building a stronger america. I know Joe will unify the country toward a better future.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) November 7, 2020
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, Arizona District 3
"After four years of division, hate, and the outright assault on our values and institutions, the American people have firmly rejected President Trump. They braved a pandemic, the weather, and voter suppression efforts to cast their ballots and vote toward moving out country in a different direction, one that celebrates our diversity, humanity, and the dignity of every person.
Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 7, 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Former President Jimmy Carter
NEW: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: "We are proud of their well-run campaign and look forward to seeing the positive change they bring to our nation.” https://t.co/LW56wBhbRb pic.twitter.com/rMRsoGl04a— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 7, 2020
Congressman Greg Stanton, Arizona District 9, and former Phoenix mayor
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
I want to congratulate all those who worked so hard to make this historic day possible. Now, through our continued grassroots organizing, let us create a government that works for ALL and not the few. Let us create a nation built on justice, not greed and bigotry.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 7, 2020
Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House
In President-elect Joe Biden, Americans elected a leader ready on Day One. Working together with President Biden and Vice President Harris, we have the opportunity to deliver extraordinary progress For The People. https://t.co/CKwVtR4qpz pic.twitter.com/aPjv4mTT4l— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 7, 2020
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez congratulate United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for being elected to serve in the White House, according to projections issued on Saturday.
“The people have spoken and change is coming to America. Now that the hard-fought campaign and election have passed, we have to come together, heal, and unite to move tribal nations and the country forward on a positive path. The First Americans of this country, including a large majority of Navajo voters, had a major impact in the outcome of the presidential election in several swing states – that needs to be recognized and acknowledged by all. Both campaigns fought hard for Native American votes, particularly Navajo votes, and that’s truly a reflection of the growing influence and power of tribal nations across the country. In October, I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Biden and Harris to talk about the ‘Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations’ and we were assured that tribal nations would always have a seat at the table. The Navajo Nation now looks forward to working together with the Biden-Harris Administration to put that plan into action,” said President Nez.
During the meeting in October with Biden and Harris, President Nez highlighted the need for federal partners to work with the Navajo Nation to move forward with infrastructure development projects to provide clean water, electricity, broadband, and roads for more Navajo people. Among other priorities, he also spoke about the need to improve the health care system for tribes to improve health disparities, supporting economic development, educational priorities, remediating uranium mining sites, water rights settlements, solid waste management, and improving public safety.
“It’s a historic day for our entire country and the Navajo Nation. In the past several years, we have built a strong partnership and friendship with our next First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, who helped bring the very first cancer treatment center to the Navajo Nation. I am incredibly pleased to see that the Biden-Harris team will soon be in the White House and I am looking forward to working with their administration and Dr. Jill Biden,” said First Lady Nez.
The Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations states, “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are committed to upholding the U.S.’s trust responsibility to tribal nations, strengthening the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the United States and Indian tribes, and working to empower tribal nations to govern their own communities and make their own decisions.”