In Oakland, Calif., the birthplace of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Mayor Libby Schaaf was in tears on Saturday as she spoke about the victory.
“I’m proud, I’m relieved. I’m joyful,” Ms. Schaaf said in an interview, her voice cracking with emotion with nearly every word. “We will finally have decency and compassion in our nation’s highest office.”
Outside her home in the Oakland hills residents rang cowbells and whooped and cheered. Her husband dashed out of the house to share champagne with a neighbor.
Ms. Schaaf has sparred with President Trump repeatedly over immigration and Mr. Trump’s characterization of Oakland as wracked with violence.
“These cities, it’s like living in hell,” Mr. Trump said in June, singling out Oakland and Detroit, among other cities. Ms. Schaaf on Saturday said she was elated to put that behind her.
“To have a White House that was a constant source of battle was exhausting. And to have to battle your own federal government during one of the worst crises this world has ever seen was untenable,” Ms. Schaaf said. “Now we will have allies in the White House — and particularly will have a vice President who grew up on our soil, who grew up with our values, who grew up fighting for the same vision of a just and equitable world.”“It is like a whole new world,” Ms. Schaaf said.