US elections

‘God Bless America’: World media react to Biden win

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
‘God Bless America’: World media react to Biden win

A man reads a morning newspaper showing a photograph of newly elected US President Joe Biden, at a newspaper stall in Lahore on November 8, 2020.

Arif ALI / AFP

The international press also focus on the feat of Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate who will become the United States' first female black vice president

With headlines like ‘God Bless America,’ powerful media outlets around the world welcomed the defeat of Donald Trump but warned president-elect Joe Biden faced enormous challenges in healing the United States.

The international press also focused on the feat of Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate who will become the United States’ first female black vice president.

“A new dawn for America,” read the headline of The Independent in Britain, showing a photo of Biden standing next to Harris and noting her historic achievement.

The Sunday Times went with a picture of a celebrating black woman draped in the US flag and the headline: “Sleepy Joe wakes up America,” taunting Trump by using the derogatory nickname he had used for Biden.

The Sunday People tabloid blared in capital letters: “GOD BLESS AMERICA.”

Germany’s mass-market Bild newspaper carried a photo of Trump with a headline: “Exit without dignity.”

“What a liberation, what a relief,” reported Germany’s left-leaning Suddeutsche Zeitung broadsheet.

But it noted that Biden “inherits a heavy burden” like nothing faced by his predecessors, and warned that Trump accepting defeat was “unthinkable.”

In Australia, the Daily Telegraph tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire also focused on Trump’s expected defiance and described him as a “hotball of fury.”

“(Trump) will simply not accept the humiliation of seemingly being beaten by a foe he perceived to be feeble and barely worth turning up to fight,” it said.

Must Read

HIGHLIGHTS AND RESULTS: Trump vs Biden – US presidential election 2020

HIGHLIGHTS AND RESULTS: Trump vs Biden – US presidential election 2020
Warnings for populism

Brazil’s leading media outlets reported Trump’s defeat in the context of its own populist leader, Jair Bolsonaro, who has similarly sought to diminish democratic institutions and reject science-based facts.

“Trump’s defeat punishes the attacks against civilisation, it is a lesson for Bolsonaro,” wrote Folha de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil’s major daily newspapers.

“May Brazil’s leaders seize the spirit of the times – or die, like Trump, who has already left it too late.”

Spain’s center-right El Mundo newspaper said Biden’s was a goodbye to Trump’s populism, and described Harris as a “symbol of renewal.”

Sweden’s biggest daily, Dagens Nyheter, headlined its opinion-editorial piece: “Bittersweet victory – Biden will struggle to heal the US.”

It described Biden’s vow of a return to normalcy as “mission impossible.”

“The election result shows a deeply divided country, and it will be difficult for Biden to carry out the reform program he has promised his core voters,” the paper wrote.

Sweden’s conservative Svenska Dagbladet daily warned of the dangers posed by the many millions of Americans who will continue to believe Trump’s dangerous rhetoric that the election had been stolen from him.

“Election is over – but conflict continues,” read its headline.

“Half the country – half of those who voted at least – may have a lingering feeling that something is very wrong after months of battles and voices calling the election itself into question. That the election system itself is rigged and can’t be trusted.”

On a lighter note, the Ayrshire Daily News, whose patch covers the Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland, took a more local look at the result. 

“South Ayrshire golf club owner loses 2020 presidential election,” read its headline. – Rappler.com

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.