Celebrities have taken to social media to praise Joe Biden’s rousing speech to the nation Friday night where he all but declared White House victory and vowed to bring Americans back together, as his lead over Donald Trump continues to grow in critical swing states.
Biden made a brief appearance inside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, late Friday night and spoke for seven minutes with running mate Kamala Harris at his side.
It had been expected to be a victory speech but more than 72 hours on from election night the presidential race still wasn’t called as ballots are still being counted in the key states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina.
Biden currently leads with 253 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim the White House and is ahead in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona where counting continues Saturday.
Pennsylvania alone would take him to 273 electoral college votes, while if Arizona and Nevada declare before the Keystone state, he would hit 270.
If Biden takes all four – which appears very likely, he would have 302 electoral college votes.
Celebrities have taken to social media to praise Joe Biden’s rousing speech to the nation Friday night (above) where he all but declared White House victory and vowed to bring Americans back together, as his lead over Donald Trump continues to grow in critical swing states
Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona could be called Saturday, while Georgia is so close it is certain to have a recount.
‘We’re going to win this race,’ Biden said before once again vowing to serve both his supporters and Trump supporters as president.
‘No, the purpose of our politics, the work of our nation, isn’t to fan the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to give everybody a fair shot and to improve the lives of our people,’ he said.
‘We may be opponents – but we are not enemies. We are Americans.’
Famous faces couldn’t resist drawing favorable comparisons between Biden’s speech and the 17-minute rant from Trump the previous night where he made multiple baseless claims of election fraud.
‘Nice to have a human again,’ tweeted Maze Runner actor Dylan O’Brien.
Actor John Cusack agreed, citing his shock at hearing a president who is ‘sane’.
‘How bizzare (sic) is it to hear a sane man after these last 4 years. It’s almost weird to hear the sound of coherence,’ he wrote.
Famous faces couldn’t resist drawing favorable comparisons between Biden’s speech and the 17-minute rant from Trump the previous night where he made multiple baseless claims of election fraud
Others spoke of their relief and feeling of calm after hearing Biden speak.
Will and Grace star Debra Messing, who has repeatedly shown support for Biden, called the Democrat the president-elect and said there was a ‘collective exhale’ after his address.
‘A strong, steady, reasoned President-elect spoke to the nation, and I felt the collective exhale,’ she wrote.
‘America has spoken. The most Americans in US history. She voted for Change. It’s going to be ok.’
Ben Platt also spoke of his relief after hearing the Democrat speak.
‘The president spoke and it actually made me feel better than i did before he spoke!!!!’ he wrote.
‘I clapped alone in my apt. RELIEVED,’ write Billy Eichner.
Alyssa Milano simply shared a quote from Biden speech where he vowed to tackle the division across America: ‘We are opponents – not enemies.’
Tennis icon Billie Jean King also shared the iconic phrase, writing:
‘”We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies. We’re Americans.” A terrific and unifying speech by Joe Biden tonight.’
Josh Gad simply wrote: ‘Quiet. There’s a President speaking.’
Others spoke of their relief and feeling of calm after hearing Biden speak
Meanwhile Jeffrey Wright hit out at Trump for the disparaging nickname he repeatedly gave to Biden.
”Sleepy Joe’ all you like, @realDonaldTrump. Joe Biden is the captain now,’ he tweeted.
Others also praised the sight of seeing Harris inch closer to being elected vice president, which will mark history as the first time a woman of color is selected for the role.
Comedian Natasha Rothwell wrote: ‘I will be processing the fact that there is a black woman on the stage right now for the foreseeable future.’
Chrissy Teigen posted snaps of her and husband John Legend enjoying themselves: ‘These are all from the Kamala event in Philly but I didn’t wanna post and make it about me…but we pretty much won so here’s me!’
Trump is yet to react to Biden’s remarks Friday night, however he did fire off a series of retweets on Twitter supporting his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and cheating as he continues to fight the results.