'Monumental day': Celebrities react as Joe Biden wins US election

Lizzo and Lady Gaga have broken down in tears sharing emotional reaction videos after Joe Biden officially secured 290 electoral votes to win the US election, with Sam Smith also posting a scathing note on Twitter.

The singers were among a host of celebrities who cheered on the Biden-Harris ticket and gleefully shared the news on social media.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the 2020 presidential election, according to a projection by the Associated Press on Nov. 7 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the 2020 presidential election. Photo: Reuters

Lady Gaga campaigned for Biden on Monday in Pennsylvania, where she urged supporters to “Vote like your children’s lives depends on it, because they do” and performed several of her hit songs.

She shared her joy in a post online and a video where she thanked people for their votes.

“@JoeBide @KamalaHarris and the American people, you just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen,” she wrote.

Sam Smith was clearly not a fan of Trump sharing a savage post online.

“Off ya pop you absolute snail #BidenHarris2020,” Sam wrote. “So happy for all my friends in America tonight. YOU. DID. THAT!!!!”

Lizzo shared a very emotional video, bordering on the edge of disbelief that Biden won.

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Lizzo shared an emotional video online. Photo: Instagram/Lizzo

“I think Trump is out of office. Officially,” she said, shedding tears in the clip.

“I’m seeing the news everywhere. I think this is the end of that four-year term that felt like a thousand years.”

She added, “And I’m so ready to see if America can hold itself accountable.”

Jennifer Lopez also shared a festive video of herself dancing onstage. “PRESIDENT BIDEN!!!!!!! VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS!!!!!!”

Meanwhile actress Kerry Washington wrote: “The people have spoken!”

And a longtime Trump critic Kathy Griffin re-tweeted Harris’s video writing, “Love her. More like her, please. Fellas, love you, but are you guys ok if the ladies have some real power to get to work? These women are going to jet the job done.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a former senator turned vice-president on the television show Veep tweeted, “‘Madam Vice President’” is no longer a fictional character.”


Reese Witherspoon said it was a “monumental day”, sharing a photo of Biden and Harris.

“No matter what side you are on, let's take a moment to recognise 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.”

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Reese shared this photo of the new president and VP. Photo: Instagram/reesewitherspoon

“‘It’s easier to be a parent this morning,’” wrote Sarah Michelle Gellar, quoting CNN guest Van Jones who broke down in tears on television Saturday while sharing the personal impact of a Biden presidency.

The actress shared a photo of Harris, Supreme Court Justice and women’s rights activist Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who died in Sept) and Stacy Abrams, who many credit for increasing Democratic votes in Georgia and fighting voter suppression with her organisation Fair Fight 2020.

“And as the mother of a daughter,” Gellar continued, “I will never forget the moment that we watched together, as the first woman was called as Vice President elect. And, as the mother of a son, to show him that men and women are partners and can accomplish anything when paired with respect.”

Chrissy Teigen also shared her relief at the result.

“My god it feels like I just took off a weighted blanket, unhooked my bra and taken out my extensions all at once,” she said, while husband John Legend wrote to Biden and Harris, “Thank you for choosing to serve your country during these challenging times."

Despite her husband Kanye West also running in the 2020 election, Kim Kardashian also shared a photo of Biden and Harris with a blue heart emoji.

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Kim K also shared her joy. Photo: Twitter
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Chrissy Teigen was excited. Photo: Twitter

Star Wars fans may also appreciate Mark Hamill’s brilliant take on the whole saga, which he compared to the original trilogy.

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What a saga. Photo: Twitter

Viola Davis wrote, “Woooooohooooo!!!!!! PHILLY!!!!! AMERICA!!!!!! BLACK FOLK!!!! BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!! 💛💛💛🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Now....let’s fight for that Senate!!!!!!!”

Stars who support President Trump have also taken to social media to vent, as he cited unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and legal action in a Saturday press conference led by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Actress Kirstie Alley tweeted a response to a follower who urged her to be gracious. “You are kidding right,” she tweeted.

While Scott Baio tweeted, “Liberals cheat and don't even care how the ‘old white man’ won. Republicans still have the Senate, the Supreme Court and know the truth. Peace.”

Joe Biden shared a message online after the results were declared.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden tweeted. “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. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”

Kamala Harris — officially the first woman and first woman of colour to become vice president — shared an Instagram video of herself talking on the phone to Biden. “We did it, we did it, Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States.”

Additional reporting by Elise Solé.

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