Biden supporters celebrate at the Colorado Capitol after win

Refugee: ‘This moment is the reason we are here’

A crowd garthered at the Colorado Capitol after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden became president-elect on Nov. 7, 2020. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

A group of people, including supporters of president-elect Joe Biden, gathered at the Colorado Capitol on Nov. 7 shortly after it was announced that the Democrat Biden had defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

Moe Aman and Ansho Aman stood in front of the Capitol to celebrate the presidential win. In the last few months, the couple have gone door-to-door to campaigning for Biden and Harris. They are refugees from Ethiopia and have been in Denver for the last 20 years.

Moe Aman and Ansho Aman stood in front of the Colorado Capitol on Nov. 7, 2020, to celebrate Joe Biden’s presidential win. In the last few months, the couple have gone door-to-door campaigning for Biden and running mate Kamala Harris. They are refugees from Ethiopia and have been in Denver for the last 20 year. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

“This is the best feeling we’ve ever felt,” said Moe Aman. “We voted him out. This moment is the reason we are here, that we came to America. We left because we had to. And we will not settle for that here.”

Claire Westcott, of Denver, sat with her golden retriever, Butter, on the Capitol lawn, holding a Biden/Harris sign and taking in the moment.

“I feel so relieved and excited and hopeful,” said Westcott, a Denver resident. “This week was really tough. Just so much anxiety. There was so much riding on this election for so many minorities. So it’s a good day.”

Claire Westcott, of Denver, sits on the Colorado Capitol lawn with her golden retriever, Butter, on Nov. 7, 2020, holding a Biden/Harris sign and taking in the moment. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

She said she hopes that in the next few months there will be a peaceful transition. “And I hope that we can hold this energy for the next four years.”

Iris Butler, a Denver community organizer, spoke on a microphone to an excited crowd gathered at the top of the Capitol steps. At times, her voice being drowned by Trump supporters chanting in the background.

“Angry white men will not be the center of our attention anymore,” Butler said. “We can’t quit, we keep fighting. Being a Black queer woman in America is not easy. And now we have a Black woman as VP. Can you imagine? I’m excited. I’m really excited.”

A Trump supporter walks around the gathering at the Colorado Capitol on Nov. 7, 2020, with her GoPro. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

When Carol Rathe, 72, heard that Biden had won on Saturday morning, she dropped to the floor and wept.

“This is a great day for women, of all colors,” said Rathe, who’s lived in Denver for the last 12 years and has participated in the women’s movement since the 1960s. 

Gregg Westwood and Carol Rathe sit on the steps of the Colorado Capitol building during a gathering on Nov. 7, 2020. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

Sitting next to her on the Capitol steps, Gregg Westwood, 60, said he’s excited to celebrate the historic win of Kamala Harris as vice president.

“I just feel so much relief, so many tears of joy for the African American folks,” Westwood said. “They are the ones that made this all happen and we owe it to them. I’m feeling so relieved and feeling some hope for this nation.”

AP: Joe Biden is the next president of the United States

The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 electoral college votes to 214 for President Donald Trump. A candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement. “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”