Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. congratulated President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a statement issued on Saturday by Government House.
After a long wait for returns to come in from Tuesday’s vote – a wait that added stress to an already stressful year – media outlets on Saturday morning finally decided there was enough certainty to declare Biden and Harris the winners of the 2020 election over incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The announcement set off street parties across the country and around the world.
“Outside the historical implications of today’s election results, the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is cause for celebration for many across this country and especially for us here in the territory,” Bryan said. “As an African American with Caribbean roots, Kamala Harris becoming the first woman elected as vice president of the United States represents a proud moment, and sends the message that there are no bounds to what young women of color can achieve.”
Bryan also focused on the nature of the campaign and what was at stake.
“It also inspires, again, the belief in the design of our democracy and that the full promise of America can be achieved when we all have the opportunity to participate. I expect that our nation under the leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will begin the work of repairing the deep-seated divisions in our country that have been exacerbated by the politics over the past few years,” he said.
He also noted Biden’s many visits to the territory.
“For us here locally, a Biden-Harris administration is promising, as President-elect Biden has a personal connection to the U.S. Virgin Islands and understands the issues confronting our community. We consider him our hometown president. We will continue to work diligently with the current administration on our recovery and other federal priorities, and are excited to continue that work with the Biden-Harris administration.”