HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Donald Trump and said that Americans chose a "fairer, stronger" US by electing Joe Biden.
Pelosi made the comments on Twitter shortly after news broke that Biden had secured enough electoral votes to be named the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election.
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"The American people have chosen a fairer, stronger, and respected America that is equal to the aspirations of our daughters and sons and to the sacrifice of our veterans and men and women in uniform by electing @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris as our next President and Vice President," the Speaker wrote.
Pelosi's comments come as some reports suggest she may be ousted herself as the speaker of the House as Democrats have reportedly been having some internal diagreements.
While Democrats are likely to retain control of the House for two more years, their current 232-197 majority could easily shrink and such a small majority could potentially pose a challenge for Pelosi's return as Speaker.
Although Pelosi is widely expected to win another term as speaker in January, having a smaller majority means she will have fewer votes to spare.
She needs to secure at least 218 votes out of the House's 435 members to keep the job.
Other prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, also offered congratulations to Biden after news broke of his historic win.
"I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden," Obama wrote in a statement.
"I also couldn't be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala's groundbreaking election as our next Vice President."
He went on to say his former VP has what it takes to be president in a time of extreme hardship — amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, justice and income inequality and the climate crisis.
"I know he'll do the job with the best interest of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote," he said. "So I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support."
Clinton also shared a message of hope and solidarity.
"The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president," she wrote.
"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."
The messages of hope — and celebrations of victory across the US — come despite Trump's camp insisting, without legitimate evidence, that the election was "stolen."
The current president has repeatedly insisted that mail-in ballots, which leaned heavily in Biden's favor throughout the US, were somehow fraudulent.
However, Trump had been urging his supporters not to vote by mail for months leading up the the election.
As early as this morning, Trump tweeted that he had won the election, despite key swing states, which had yet to be called, leaning in Biden's favor.
"I WON THE ELECTION, BY A LOT," he tweeted just before news broke that Biden was the projected winner.
Trump was reportedly informed of his loss while at a golf course in Virginia.
He released a statement shortly afterward declaring that the election was "far from over."
"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," Trump's statement said.
"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."
Campaign insiders have reportedly said that Trump has not prepared a concession speech and has no intention of admitting defeat.
His claim that the election was "stolen" is being supported by his adult sons and some senior aides, according to reports.
Meanwhile, Biden is expected to give a victory speech at 8pm EST.
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