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Celebration and Sorrow: Americans React to the Election

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This episode contains strong language.

The sound of victory was loud. It was banging pots, honking horns and popping corks. It was spontaneous dance parties in New York and other cities, the images echoing across the world in widely shared videos. For many supporters of President-elect Joe Biden, this weekend was a mix of relief and celebration.

But loss, too, has a sound. In the days after the U.S. election result was announced, some of the 71 million-plus Americans who backed President Trump are grieving. They are Americans who felt Mr. Trump was on their side; Americans who appreciated his conservative stance; Americans who believe his baseless claims of fraud in the electoral process.

In discussions with voters in areas both red and blue, we traced the fault lines of the country’s deep rifts.


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Astead W. Herndon, a Times national political reporter, spoke with voters in Mason County, Texas. Robert Jimison, Jessica Cheung and Andy Mills, producers of “The Daily,” and Alix Spiegel, an editor, also reported from across the country.

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Astead Herndon and Frances Robles contributed reporting.

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