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Joe Biden has made a defining speech after the members of the US electoral college cast their ballots for the 2020 Election.
It confirmed the Democratic candidate won the ballot and gave him 306 votes - surpassing the threshold of 270 needed to win the White House.
In his speech, he said he was looking forward to embarking on a new era of leadership.
Biden said: "This election ranks as the clearest demonstrations of the true will of the American people. It should be celebrated, not attacked.
"It was truly remarkable because so many of these patriotic Americans were subject to so much. And numerous political pressure. Verbal abuse. And even threats of physical violence. We all wish that our fellow Americans in these positions will always show such courage and commitment to free and fair elections.
"It's simply unconscionable. They didn't seek the spotlight. And our democracy survived because of them."
Biden also lambasted President Trump's attempts to overturn the election result through several lawsuits in states where he lost.
"The Trump campaign brought dozens and dozens and dozens of legal challenges to test the result. They were heard. Again and again. And each of the time they were heard, they were found to be without merit," he said.
"Time and again President Trump's lawyers presented arguments to state officials, state legislatures, state and Federal Courts, and ultimately, to the United States' Supreme Court - twice. They were heard by more than 80 judges across this country, and in every case no cause or evidence was found to reverse or question or dispute the results.
"Every single avenue was made available for President Trump to contest the results. He took advantage of each of them. President Trump was denied no course of action he wanted to take."
The President-elect also touched on how the US had surpassed 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus and how his administration was planning to change that.
"My heart goes out to each of you in this dark winter of the pandemic, about to spend the holidays and the New Year with a black hole in your hearts, without the ones you love at your side," he said.
"My heart goes out to all of you who have fallen on hard times through no fault of your own, unable to sleep at night, staring at the ceiling, weighed down by the worry of what tomorrow will bring for you and - equally important - for your family."
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