With Joe Biden inching closer to the finish line, it would appear that the Democrats are set to create history in the near future. While President Trump has repeatedly called for legal scrutiny of the vote-counting process, projecting himself as he rightfully elected candidate, the numbers at present do not seem to be in his favour.
Kamala Harris tweeted lates hours of Friday (IST) and mentioned:
Over 100 million Americans voted before Election Day with a belief in our electoral process—trusting that their ballots would count. Now, Trump is trying to invalidate these ballots, and we need to fight back. Donate today to support the Biden Fight Fund. t.co/eXoncSsIG5
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 6, 2020
As per the states that have been called thus far by The Associated Press, Biden is maintaining a substantial lead, with 264 electoral votes to Trump’s 214. The winning candidate needs to secure 270. In many of the swing states, Biden is leading the count with slim margins – something that Trump has lamented on many occasions recently.
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!” he tweeted early on Saturday.
But while the two candidates vie for the Presidential mantle, many eyes are focused firmly on VP nominee Kamala Harris. As many note, her appointment would be a first for many reasons. To begin with, the California Democrat would be the first woman to hold the position. And as the US contends with the Black Lives Matter movement, her ethnicity also assumes significance. Harris, born of an Indian-origin mother and a Jamaican-origin father, will also be the first person of colour to hold the position, if Biden wins.
This is not all. Should the democrats secure the polls, she will also be the first Indian American, the first South Asian American and the first Asian to be elected to the post. It must be noted however that she is not the first woman or person of colour to run for the position of VP.
Since her nomination, even as many communities in the US exulted the move as a massive step forward, others took it upon themselves to hit out at the Senator. From celebrations in the Tamil Nadu village from which Kamala’s grandfather hailed, to multiple mispronunciations of her name by her fellow countrymen – there have been many a talking point over the last few months.