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From Lady Gaga, Dalai Lama to Stephen King — Twitter erupts in celebration over Biden victory

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

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New Delhi: After US television networks unanimously called the presidential elections in Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden’s favour late Saturday, several world leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Germany’s Angela Merkel hailed the President-elect.

Twitter was also abuzz with comments from a wide range of celebrities and here are some of the most interesting tweets on the Biden victory.

First up is the victor Biden, who declared his election as a “victory for ‘We the People’”.

Literally minutes after the election was called for the Democratic candidate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris shared a video of her phone call to Biden. In the video, she can be heard telling Biden, “We did it, Joe. You are going to be the next president of the United States.”

Harris’ husband then put out a photo of them hugging in joy.

Meanwhile, outgoing president Donald Trump has refused to accept Biden’s victory, claiming election fraud.

And how about this? The Dalai Lama sent his wishes, saying that “humanity places great hope in the democratic vision of the US’’.

Here is a real piquant one: Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Vice President (and eventually President) in HBO’s popular comedy Veep, tweeted in support of Harris.

The New York Times correspondent Ellen Barry shared a meme by conservative news aggregator Drudge Report, which called Biden’s victory with a photo of Trump frowning, and the words, “You’re fired” — the latter’s catchphrase on the NBC reality show “The Apprentice”.

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar got all emotional about the Biden victory and recalled her father.

German news magazine Der Spiegel recalled its controversial 2017 cover that depicted Trump holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty, following Biden’s victory. An image by the same artist shows Biden putting Lady Liberty’s head back in place, for the magazine’s cover in the Saturday edition.

Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Padma Lakshmi also congratulated Biden, in their own way. While Gaga was all compliments, Lakshmi shared a video with her famous line from the show Top Chef: “Donald Trump, please pack your knives and go!”

Sci-fi author Stephen King, who once said Trump’s presidency was “scarier” than his novels, was feeling pretty pleased with the way things turned out.

And Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James said it in action.

Bollywood was also in a good mood: Actor Richa Chadha has hopes for the future.

And let’s end with Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was fired by Trump, retweeting a moving poem of hope.

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