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Media react to Biden victory

作者:admin 2020-11-09

Media react to Biden victory

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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 US.

The international press also focused on the feat of Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate who will become the US' 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 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.

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 civilization, 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 win 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.


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