“Let the Healing Begin,” Reno Protest Follows Trump’s Defeat
Richie Bednarski was in downtown Reno as crowds began to gather to mark the electoral defeat of President Donald Trump.
A small group gathered despite gloomy weather in downtown Reno on Saturday afternoon, a few hours after media reported Joe Biden as the President-elect, following days of waiting due to a large amount of mail-in ballots.
Chants and a Somber Gathering
Brian Melendez, the host of a local podcast called Coffee with an Indian, beat a drum and said he was there “to start the healing process.”
A pro-Trump rally had been talked about on social media for Friday evening but no one seemed to be there.
Saturday’s gathering came several hours after media put both Pennsylvania and Nevada into the win column for Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden, putting him well over the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory.
The gathering started with Melendez and then steadily grew as it spread on social media.
A Defeated President Takes to Twitter
Trump, a divisive Republican who won in 2016 but lost in his re-election bid, took to Twitter, alleging he had won what he called the most “legal votes” for a sitting president. He tried to balance getting his message out and not get immediately challenged on his favorite social media platform.
Other tweets he wrote recently were either hidden or had a disclaimer saying claims about election fraud were disputed.
Biden himself broke the record for most votes by any candidate ever, over 75 million and counting, besting Barack Obama, for who he served as vice president, who got nearly 70 million votes in 2008 in his first of two presidential wins.
Nevada became the butt of Internet jokes for not having results quickly. The slowness was due to the closeness of the race and the enormous amount of mail in votes which had to be processed.
Nevada and Northern Nevada Results
All ballot questions except one passed in Nevada, concerning diminishing the power of the state university system’s Board of Regents. Included in those which did pass was enshrining same-sex marriage in Nevada’s constitution.
In northern Nevada, the incumbent Republican congressman Mark Amodei held on to his seat, while incumbents won city council races in Sparks and Reno. One seat remained undecided with incumbent Jenny Brekhus holding a less than 100 vote difference on her opponent JD Drakulich for Reno’s Ward 1.