- Democrat Joe Biden's victory speech was marred by persistent bouts of coughing and throat-clearing on Monday night, December 14
- Tweeps wondered why someone didn't bother to hand over a glass of water to the US president-elect
- While the US president-elect said he was fighting a cold, social media users reportedly advised him to take a COVID-19 test
The United States president-elect Joe Biden's persistent cough while giving a speech shortly after his Electoral College victory has raised concerns among people across the world.
According to the Independent, the 78-year-old's speech was marred by persistent bouts of coughing and throat-clearing, as he attacked incumbent Donald Trump over his efforts to undermine his win.
“More than 81 million of the votes in the election were cast for me and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That too is a record, more than any ticket has received in US history, It represented a winning margin of more than seven million votes over the number of votes cast for my opponent (Trump)."
During his speech, the Democrat was forced to clear his throat several times, a development which worried citizens.
American filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.
"Jeez! Somebody hand him a glass of water!"
Journalist Ryan Saavedra noted:
"Watching Biden's speech from tonight. He looks absolutely terrible. He looks tired and sick, he's repeatedly coughing and having to clear his throat. He was also condescending, arrogant, and divisive toward conservatives."
A tweep Billy Fllod joked:
"Mr president sir, I need you to take a lozenge and sip some water/gargle before your next speech ok? The constant throat clearing is not good public speaking."
Daily Mail reported Biden insisted he was fighting a cold but several social media users urged him to take a COVID-19 test.
According to the White House, the American politician took a coronavirus test on Friday, December 11, and the results were negative.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidential electors had given the Democrat’s candidate 306 electoral votes compared to President Donald Trump’s 232.
California's 55 electoral votes were enough to help Biden surpass the 270 electoral vote threshold required.
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