US Election 2020: What is the guitar world saying about Joe Biden’s projected victory?

Reactions from musicians and guitarists across the world.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

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Guitar heroes and artists around the globe are now reacting to Joe Biden’s projected victory over Donald Trump to become the 46th leader of the United States Of America.

Most are pleased by the decision; for some, however, tensions remain high. Donald Trump is yet to concede, and he has brought up allegations of tampered mail-in ballots, although there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

This is a rolling list and will be continuously updated in the coming days.

Biden 2021

A projected victory in Pennsylvania gave Biden the 270 electoral college votes he needed to win the presidency. The President-elect is expected to be sworn into office on 20 January 2021.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, having previously made his dislike of Donald Trump public, posted a celebratory video following the news of Trump’s defeat.

Frontman of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, said that he is “looking forward to coming back to an America free of harsh words and name-calling.” He said “it’s a challenge but it can be done!”

Jagger previously shared a snippet of a song criticising Trump’s constant use of social media.

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Baez posted a video of herself dancing in celebration of the results, writing: “This morning’s mood… the sweetness of victory – and groceries.”

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale celebrated the news on Instagram, saying: “In the immortal words of Twisted Sister ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore.’”

In the run-up to the election, Ted Nugent was outspoken about his support for Trump. Upon the breaking of the news, he took to Facebook to live-stream his reaction, saying: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the devil party. They’ve said they hate America.”

Posted by Ted Nugent on Saturday, November 7, 2020

The ever-outspoken David Crosby was asked what he’s looking forward to about a Biden presidency – he responded simply: “Not hating the president”.

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton took to Twitter to say that he was pleased that Biden had won, but also hoped for the “compromise” of a Republican Senate majority.

Rage Against The Machine frontman Tom Morello celebrated the news by sharing a photo which read: “Live your life in such a way that the entire planet doesn’t dance in the streets when you lose your job.”

Before the result

To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large proportion of this year’s votes were cast early via mail-in ballots. Still, long lines of citizens formed at polling stations across the country.

Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell shared his voting experience at the Los Angeles SoFI Stadium, reporting the climate to be “calm, cool, and collective”.

“The stadium itself is a marvel, and the staff were helpful and kind,” he tweeted. “LA we have an incredible venue we can call home. I am anxiously crossing fingers, toes, and tongue.”

David Crosby weighed in with his predictions, sharing that even though he believes Biden will capture the White House, he’s “sure [T]rump will contest it”.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has voiced out against Trump, too, alluding to the president as a “Facebook tin pot dictator, utterly bereft of moral authority”.

Axl Rose also reached out to his Twitter followers, encouraging them to vote “in the face of fear and intimidation” for “a better world”.

Meanwhile, Jason Isbell expressed his disappointment at Doug Jones’ loss of the Senate seat in Alabama. He tweeted: “The people in Alabama and the rest of US are gonna have to deal with the consequences of this one.”

Tom Morello condemned voter suppression by sharing a tweet which wrote that “voter suppression is more American than voting”.

More reactions, as they come in, can be seen below:

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