Mayor Ted Wheeler congratulated Joe Biden for being elected president within minutes of all major news outlets declaring that he had defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 general election
"Today, we learned our nation made a stand for what we are for — honesty, decency, respect and a commitment to the common good. 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," Wheeler said in a statement released by his office after Biden was declared to have secured more than the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win. Kamala Harris was also elected the first female vice president and vice president of color.
"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," Wheeler continued.
The Portland mayor also said he hoped Biden's win will allow the city to move forward with needed reforms.
"I am grateful to be mayor of a city that overwhelmingly voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We now can use our resources to move forward instead of fighting against an administration that tried to move us backward. We now will have a partner in the federal government instead of an opponent.
"It's time to close a tumultuous chapter in our history and move forward as a city — united. I look forward to working with the Biden administration and moving our city and our country to a more honest, hopeful and resilient future," Wheeler said.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley also sounded off early Saturday, quoting from President Trump's television show, "The Apprentice."
"American voters have rendered their judgment: Donald Trump, you're fired!"
Merkley went on to add: "Trump failed us by promoting hate and racism, dividing rather than uniting Americans. Black lives do matter! All people are created equal regardless of who they are, where they come from, or whom they love."
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