Welcome to today’s US Election Briefing for Australia.
So it has happened a bit since the last newsletter on Friday.
Joe Biden won the US election and will become the 46th President of the United States. Australians woke up on Sunday morning to the news, and with it, scenes of unabashed euphoria in major American cities. After winning the victory a little over 24 hours ago, Biden said now is the time to heal.
He and the Democrats quickly entered a post-election phase: a post-mortem of results (including some laconic infighting between the progressive wing and the moderate wing of the party) and, more importantly, the matter of transition. Among the top priorities will be the pandemic, which continues to escalate dangerously. The United States recorded its fourth consecutive record of total daily new Covid cases – with 127,399 cases recorded on Saturday.
But in a parallel universe, the election is still not over. Donald Trump continues to insist on his victory and is the victim of various undefined electoral frauds. His illusion is aided by the same team of close associates, family members, right-wing media figures and senior Republican officials who have long supported each of his movements and clearly see still some personal and political capital to stay with this. sinking ship. You can read our full story on the state of affairs here.
These efforts are only intensifying, according to some media reports today. Axios says Trump “Plans to brandish obituaries of people who would have voted but died – as well as to organize campaign-style rallies – in an effort to prolong his fight against seemingly insurmountable election results.”
As the election trailer moves forward, the circus shows no signs of ending.
The great stories
Leading Republicans either amplified Trump’s baseless claims of widespread vote rigging (lining up for Fox News interviews) or remained silent over the weekend with only a small number of moderates following tradition and congratulate the winners. There was also unconfirmed and contradictory reports that family members – including Melania and Jared Kushner – had advised Trump to back down.
Biden may have won, but some Democrats have spent the tense days since the election was swamped with recriminations, finger points and internal struggles as they sift through the consequences of expectations of a “blue wave” which never reached its peak.
Among those speaking is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who criticized the Democratic Party for incompetence in an unrestricted post-election interview. She warned if the Biden administration did not put progressives in the top spots, the party would lose heavily in the 2022 midterm elections.
A lame presidency and post-election political stalemate are expected to worsen the coronavirus crisis in the United States just as the pandemic enters its deadliest phase. Experts have predicted up to 200,000 cases a day by Thanksgiving (November 26) if Americans don’t immediately embrace social distancing and universal masking.
The campaign has already started in the crucial Georgia runoff races, which will determine whether Republicans retain control of the Senate. Voting rights lawyer Stacey Abrams has already raised over $ 3 million for Democrats.
Jill Biden should break with tradition and keep her teaching job when she becomes first lady, while immersing oneself in educational policy.
Joe Biden won, but there are still a few things to do before it becomes official. This explanatory examines the next steps ahead of the grand opening.
Quote of the day
I could write jokes for 800 years and I never would have thought of anything funnier than Trump reserving the Four Seasons for his big presser, and it turns out it’s the Four Seasons Total Landscaping parking lot between a store dildos and a crematorium.
“If he’s not ready to face the greatest concentration of corporate power in U.S. history, even the most amiable of presidents will fail to deliver social justice or serious climate change mitigation . “ Here is Yannis Varoufakis on why real change – not just civility – is needed in the United States.
“Trump will hang over the American conscience for a long time… they will constantly fear a resurgence of Trumpism and that is not a bad thing. writes Michael Goldfarb, in this incisive essay on Trump’s call and why his rise was no accident.
“It should have been a sweep … the point is, the Democratic leadership messed it up on all fronts,” according to Naomi Klein. “They are much more interested in appeasing the donor class than in meeting the needs of their constituents, who need it more than ever.”
Biden’s victory will be a chance for the UK and US to reset their partnership, writes British Labor leader Keir Starmer. “The two biggest problems we all face – defeating the coronavirus and tackling the climate crisis – require a joint global effort that has been sorely lacking in recent years. “
Podcast of the day
Biden’s victory speech was tied to the intention of addressing the major challenges facing the United States and reuniting the country – but it faces a potentially hostile Senate. US Guardian Bureau Chief David Smith explains the challenges ahead.
Around the web
The Trump campaign’s decision to hold a provocative press conference in the parking lot of a suburban landscaping company was a giveaway to the internet this weekend. Gizmodo break down the best memes.
What the numbers say: 10 million
the United States became first country to record 10 million cases of Covid, with around 1 million of these over the past 10 days.