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Democrats, even some Republicans, applaud as judges reject Trump

Yet even among those who celebrated the outcome of the case, many feared the long-term impact of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric on public confidence in democracy and the electoral process.

“Satisfied with the SCOTUS decision, but also immediately a little terrified by the next destination of this crazy train”, Brendan Buck, adviser to the last two Republican speakers, Paul Ryan and John Boehner, written on twitter. He later added: “We should know by now that there is an endless supply of madmen.”

Shortly after, Allen West, a former congressman and president of the Texas Republican Party, criticized the Supreme Court and said in a statement alluding to secession that “maybe the law-abiding states should bind and form a union of states that will respect the Constitution. “

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, called on the Texas GOP to withdraw its statement and fire Mr. West. “My guy Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers already told you no,” Kinzinger wrote. on Twitter.

Over the past few weeks, Mr Trump has drawn in his anger at Fox News, the often sympathetic cable network, for accepting the election results, and directed his supporters to Newsmax, which has seen an increase in viewership pro- Trump since polling day. Newsmax presenter Greg Kelly opened his 7 p.m. show on Friday reassuring audiences, “It’s not over.

When a guest, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, described Friday’s court order as a watershed moment for the president – saying there was now a “near zero” chance the Supreme Court could overturn the results election – Mr. Kelly objected.

“I saw strange things happen in a courtroom,” said Mr Kelly, before referring to one of Mr Dershowitz’s most famous legal cases: “I saw OJ Simpson walk ! “

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Democrats applaud a ‘historic’ victory as the race is called for Biden and Harris.

“I encourage every American to give it a chance and support it,” Mr. Obama said.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, whose approval ahead of the state’s Democratic primary was a key turning point in the race and a huge boost for Mr Biden, said his victory ” marked a new chapter for our country ”.

“As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to pull us out of chaos and to build a stronger community,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today, I have high hopes for a better future.”

Maya Harris, Mrs. Harris’ sister, immediately invoked the memory of their mother, Shyamala, whose vice-president-elect has often discussed during the campaign to tell her story and share her values.Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress who for years played a vice-president in the HBO comedy “Veep”, be sure to note: “Madam Vice-President” is no longer a fictional character. “

The Trump campaign, for its part, has said it will continue to pursue its legal challenges, and Mr. Trump issued a statement in which he said he “will not rest until the American people have got the honest count it deserves and democracy demands. “

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House and one of Mr. Trump’s strongest supporters, insisted without foundation that the media had jumped the gun and declared the race winner before the recounts began and the court challenges unfolded.

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley also opposed the presidential call on Saturday. “The media cannot determine who the president is. People are doing it. When all the legal votes have been counted, the recounts completed, and the fraud allegations addressed, we will know who the winner is. “

But in one of the first statements made by a Republican lawmaker on Saturday, Representative Fred Upton of Michigan claimed a victory for Biden. “I raise my hand and pledge to work with President-elect Biden,” he said.

Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, Republican presidential candidate in 2012, offered his own congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, granting them the titles of “president-elect” and “vice-president-elect” in his statement tweeted.

“We know them both as people of good will and admirable character,” he said. “We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.”

And Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who failed to defeat Mr. Trump in the 2016 Democratic primary, said it was time to “heal deep wounds” and added that he ” would pray ”for Mr. Biden’s success.

The specter of a protracted legal battle could not dampen the enthusiasm of Democratic Party leaders who had known and worked with Mr Biden for years.

President Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said voters had “elected a unifier who values ​​faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.” And Senator Chuck Schumer, the leader of the minority, said the American people had “placed their trust in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” to face the challenges posed by the virus, the economy and global warming in the years to come.

In a statement, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that in electing Mr. Biden, “the American people chose hope” and “dignity and opportunity for all”.

“It’s a historic victory,” he said.

“To the families of those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and to all of our Americans who yearn for change, our message is simple: you will finally get the leadership you deserve.”

And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic candidate who won the popular vote but ultimately lost to Mr Trump, said voters had issued a ‘repudiation’ of the president and offered a riff on the ‘one of his campaign slogans.

“Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen,” she said. “Forward, together.”

Emily Cochrane, Catie Edmondson and Luke Broadwater contribution to reports.