On Saturday as numerous news organizations declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 Presidential Race the commentary began to pour in on social media. Perhaps the most poignant response came from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who is calling for healing now.
Bush (@JebBush) tweeted, “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.”
The sentiment was shared by Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who tweeted, “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”
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British Prime Minster Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) officially offered congratulations as well.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) was among the world’s liberal leaders to extend a hand of friendship to Mr. Biden. “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.”
While India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) had a close relationship with President Donald Trump he also offered his hand to Biden via social media, “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights.”
Tech pioneer and philanthropist Bill Gates (@BillGates) took time to thank election officials in his tweet, “Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris. Thank you to the election officials and campaign workers who worked tirelessly to ensure a record number of Americans could cast a ballot and have it counted during such an challenging time for our country.”
Shorty D (@DunawayHayden) of Smog Dog Diesel Apparel Company, who was a Trump supporter, also called for unity, “If Biden is president then by all means he is my president. I’m not gonna abandoned my homeland over something like this. Regardless of your thoughts, we fight under the same flag & fly with the same bird. I’ll love my neighbor regardless of their views.”
Not Their President
Not surprisingly many Trump supporters were vocal in their commentary, but much of what they said defied the facts presented by the media. This included self-proclaimed “Grassroots Activist” Amy Mek (@AmyMek) who tweeted, “Joe Biden is not the President of the United States! Media is attempting to create unrest. Donald Trump will be declared the winner – when this happens the media wants his violent followers to cause more chaos! This has been their plan all along!”
Mek also called out those wishing support including Narendra Modi and Jeb Bush, but some took it further.
The Twitter account of Lavern Spice (@lavern_spicer) still noted that she was “US House candidate” for Florida’s 24th Congressional district despite the race being called for her opponent days ago. She tweeted, “Joe Biden isn’t my President and he will never be my President.”
Actor/comedian Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrance) took a similar stance, “JOE BIDEN IS NOT THE WINNER
ITS NOT OVER SILLY RABBITS
President @realDonaldTrump and his team have evidence of Voter Fraud! This will be overturned in Court and there will be recounts and Audits! Don’t celebrate #bidenharis2020 so quickly”
Conservative radio talk show host Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) called out Twitter for allowing official news organizations to call the race. He tweeted, “This is crazy! Twitter fact-checks the President on a statement by saying: ‘Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted’ Yet, @twitter and @jack allow all mainstream media to call the election for Joe Biden… WITHOUT OFFICIAL RESULTS!!!”
The official account for Right Side Broadcasting Network (@RSBN) seemed in conflict with most mainstream news outlets by posting, “How can the media say Biden has won amid all these recounts and legal challenges? When the truth comes out, it will be clear that @realDonaldTrump not only won, but won CONVINCINGLY. The media does NOT get to decide who is President! Police cars revolving light You are witnessing an attempted COUP!!”
Despite the calls for healing, it appears many on the left aren’t able to acknowledge the fact that some 70 million American voters backed Trump. This type of negativity now is why it may be so difficult to heal this divided nation.
Among the unconstructive commentary included that of musician Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) who offered the thoughts, “In the past 4 years I have not said the word President with a name after it. Not even one time. It feels glorious beautiful ✌ to say the words PRESIDENT BIDEN thank you for #hope for rocknroll! MORE THAN ANYTHING thank you @JoeBiden for my KIDS CHILDHOODS BEING RESTORED”
Molecular biologist Kevn Cavallin (@gene5335) was among the many users who clearly couldn’t see that his calls for unity will likely fall short when you add vial comments about the candidate who lost. He tweeted, “Congratulations, President Biden and Vice President Harris!! I can not say how happy I am to see the end of Trump’s toxic narcissistic reign. Good luck with trying to bring this nation together! #JoeBidenKamalaHarris2020”
The harshest commentary may have come from the Twitter account for the Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition), which tweeted, “‘He survived bankruptcies and was rewarded with a reality TV show and the US presidency, but Trump’s gilded streak is now over.’ #TrumpIsALoser”
When the tweet was greeted by many, with some suggesting “More Bankruptcies to come” and “About Time,” the fact remains that such negativity will be remembered by those on the right. The first step to healing is not to trash talk like the election was a sports rivalry. The soul of the country depends on healing.