State, local leaders react following Biden's projected presidency win
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, Nov. 7. Reactions from state and local leaders following the presidency win came quickly Saturday.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers congratulated Biden on their 'historic victory' on Twitter Saturday.
Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris on their historic victory.— Tony Evers (@Tony4WI) November 7, 2020
We’re returning kindness, respect, and compassion back to the White House. It’s time to move forward together. https://t.co/EPZ6EGlNVi
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett tweeted Friday, a day before the projected win was announced, congratulating Biden and projected Vice-President Kamala Harris. Saturday, he retweeted his own tweet.
Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson called Biden's win an 'incredible journey of public service' in a Tweet on Saturday.
Congratulations, President-elect @JoeBiden. What an incredible journey of public service culminating with winning the @WhiteHouse. The country looks forward to your compassion and leadership representing all Americans. #46 https://t.co/9tUphbRhhd— Cavalier Johnson (@Chevy_Johnson) November 7, 2020
Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas:
"One of the most distinguishing features of our democracy is the peaceful transition of power. Today, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, having been declared by the Associated Press and other news outlets as receiving a plurality of the electoral votes, have been named President and Vice President-Elect of the United States. I congratulate them on their election to the highest offices in the land. In the days ahead, I trust that as a nation we will close ranks and heal the divisions of the 2020 elections to address the most serious and pressing challenges of our time.
As a nation, we must find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic, rebuild our economy to the greatest in the world and address the disparities that leave so many Americans behind. We can only build a brighter future for generations to come by moving past our divisions and working together toward that “more perfect union.”
I pledge to work with the current administration and our law enforcement partners to ensure that some basic tenets of our democracy, the right to peacefully assemble and the peaceful transition of power, are carried out safely here in our community. And I look forward to working with the new administration and making a strong and safe Milwaukee County."
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley released the following statement Saturday evening:
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin also tweeted about the projected win:
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson:
“In the face of coordinated efforts to undermine his administration from day one, and a mainstream media that shed all pretense of fairness, President Trump has tenaciously fought to make America better – and he produced remarkable results. His unbelievably energetic reelection campaign efforts earned him 200,000 more votes in Wisconsin than in 2016 and once again made pollsters look ridiculous. Regardless of the outcome, in my book he will always be a winner and patriot that truly loves America.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Larson tweeted the following:
Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.— Senator Chris Larson (@SenChrisLarson) November 7, 2020
U.S Rep. Gwen Moore released the following statement regarding Biden's projected win:
"I am so thrilled that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. The American people had their say. This election reflects the voice of every American voter and was conducted fairly and with transparency.
Decency, honesty, integrity, and competency will now be in the White House. And we will end the chapter of the cruel, callous, and corrupt Trump administration. The nightmare is finally over.
We are experiencing tough times and are in serious need of national leadership. I am confident that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will lead us through this pandemic and economic recession and will help heal our divided country. I am so ready to work with the Biden-Harris administration for the people."
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan tweeted, "Donald, you're fired!"
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Donald, you’re fired! Joe, welcome on board.— Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan) November 7, 2020
Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not make a specific announcement regarding the projected win, but hours prior to the announcement, he retweeted an op-ed he wrote in the Washington Times stating Trump can still win the election. The opinion article stated Trump's team should prepare for a recount in Wisconsin.
This story will be updated as more statements are released.