Merkley: ‘Donald Trump, you’re fired!’: PNW leaders react to Biden’s victory

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Biden and Harris' victory historic in several respects

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In the moments following the announcement Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election, most leaders around the region celebrated.

Senator Jeff Merkley praised the majority of American’s push for “decency” and “progress.”

Merkley subsequently released a more in-depth statement regarding Biden’s win.

“President Trump failed our nation in many ways,” said Merkley. “He failed to lead a national response to COVID-19, neglecting to initiate a plan for the PPE, testing, tracing, and social distancing that would have saved a hundred thousand American lives.”

President-elect Biden said in a statement Saturday, “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”

“We are the United States of America,” he wrote. “And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”

Biden made no mention of his opponent, President Donald Trump, who has not conceded the race.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also weighed in on the end to Trump’s tenure.

“Today, we learned our nation made a stand for what we are for – honesty, decency, respect and a commitment to the common good,” Wheeler said Saturday. “We elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and rejected the Trump administration’s corrupt, hateful and harmful policies that have inflamed division and divisiveness in our country for four years.”

“To Portlanders, this presidential election was about what we envision for the future of our city and our country. We envision good jobs, more affordable housing, an aggressive response to climate change, a science-based response to the pandemic, and an ongoing commitment to racial justice.” 

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee congratulated Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris as well.

“The Biden-Harris administration will restore our nation to its principles, with respect for the rights of each and every American regardless of personal opinion or patronage,” Inslee said. “President-elect Biden has been a public servant for more than four decades, and the promise of his candidacy spoke to Americans of all generations. He will bring thoughtful, compassionate and credible leadership to the White House.”

Representative Pamila Jayapal (D-WA) called attention to the history made by Harris’s win.

Senator Ron Wyden echoed calls for a celebration and then followed up with joyous baby goat video provided by the Oregon Zoo.

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