DEMOCRAT Joe Biden was predicted to become the next President of the United States after winning the most electoral college votes as Donald Trump refused to accept the result citing voter fraud issues.
He issued a statement that said it was “far from over,” accusing President-elect Biden of attempting to undermine the electoral process and vowing to take the election to the courts, despite Mr Biden winning more electoral college votes than Biden and also winning the most popular vote in US history.
An unhinged Mr Trump wrote online that the election was “far from over” as he repeated claims of fraudulent ballots and vowed to press ahead with legal action.
Mr Trump added: “Beginning (on) Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
He said: “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. The simple fact is this election is far from over.”
Biden has promised to be a president for all Americans regardless of who they voted for as he defeated Donald Trump in the nail-biting race for the White House.
The former vice president clinched victory after winning the key battleground of Pennsylvania on Saturday – some four days after polls closed – pushing him over the 270 electoral college votes threshold.
Democratic candidate Mr Biden said he is “honoured” that America has “chosen me to lead our great country”, adding that it is time for the US to “unite” and “heal”.
A little earlier, Mr Trump, who has yet to concede, left the White House to play golf.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Mr Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, adding: “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also congratulated the victors, adding that it was a close contest and Mr Trump “fought hard”.
Mr Biden, who is expected to address the nation at around 1am UK time, said on Twitter: “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not.”
In a statement, he said he is “honoured and humbled” by the trust the American people have placed in him and Ms Harris.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.
“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.
“We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together,” he said.
Former president Barack Obama said he “could not be prouder” to congratulate Mr Biden and Ms Harris, saying: “We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be president and already carries himself that way.
“Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming president ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.
“I know he’ll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote.”
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hailed Mr Biden and Ms Harris as “a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America”.
Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, posted: “America has spoken and democracy has won.
“Now we have a President-Elect and Vice President-Elect who will serve all of us and bring us all together.”
Celebrities hailed a “monumental day” as Joe Biden was elected US president, seizing power from Donald Trump following four tumultuous years.
Mr Trump had been a favourite target of Hollywood during his time in the White House and the entertainment industry came out overwhelmingly in support of Mr Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.
Mr Biden’s victory was called on Saturday after he was projected to win Pennsylvania, giving him an insurmountable lead.
Celebrities were quick to react on social media.
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon described it as a “monumental day” and welcomed Ms Harris becoming the first vice president of the United States.
She said: “No matter what side you are on, let’s take a moment to recognize how far women have come in this country.
“Thinking about all those who shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for a woman to * finally * be Vice President of the United States makes me so emotional.
“Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kamala Harris. I salute them all. And to the young girls of our nation… DREAM BIG. Anything is possible.”
TV presenter Chrissy Teigen has been a frequent critic of Mr Trump, who once called her “filthy-mouthed”.
After news of Mr Biden’s victory was announced, she tweeted: “My god it feels like I just took off a weighted blanket, unhooked my bra and taken out my extensions all at once.”
An emotional Lady Gaga, who had campaigned for Mr Biden and Ms Harris, wiped away tears in a video message posted on Instagram.
She said: “I hope that all the women know in this country there is a real, real reckoning, a real change. And I hope the people whose voices, who have been oppressed by power, I hope that you know your voices were heard.”
Gaga added: “I am honestly kind of speechless. This is a very special day. A day where a lot of people who have felt we were living in a state of terror and aggression all the time, but it’s over. You can feel warm now.”
Ariana Grande posted a picture of Mr Biden and Ms Harris, writing in the caption: “!!!!!!!!!”
Oscar-winner Julia Roberts shared a picture of US TV news presenter Steve Kornacki, who went viral online for his election coverage.
In the caption, Roberts added the hashtags “#wedidit #stevekornacki #letthehealingbegin”.
Alec Baldwin has won acclaim for his portrayal of Mr Trump on comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. Alongside a screenshot of TV news declaring Mr Biden the winner, he wrote: “Amen…”