America cannot accept that “political violence becomes the norm,” warns Joe Biden on Thursday, a year after the assault on Capitol Hill, this dark anniversary, far from being a moment of national unity, promising to further deepen the country fractures.
“We have to decide today which nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation that accepts that political violence becomes the norm? (…) Are we going to be a nation that does not live in the light of the truth but in the shadow of the lie? “asks Joe Biden, according to an excerpt from the speech that the US president is to deliver.
“We cannot afford to become that kind of nation,” he said, a year after thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters tried to prevent his election from being certified by the US Congress.
“I am going to Capitol Hill this morning to talk about this insurgency, the state of American democracy and the way forward now,” the 79-year-old Democrat tweeted Thursday, who will speak at 2:00 p.m. GMT in the “lobby. statues, “with Vice-President Kamala Harris.
– Trump’s “responsibility” –
It is in this same imposing framework that a year ago, the United States and the world, astonished, saw supporters of the former American president parading, while outside, other rioters s ‘attacked the police.
But even before the 46th President of the United States spoke, his Republican opponents shattered any attempt to make Thursday’s day a moment of national unity.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who will not be attending ceremonies in Washington, issued a statement accusing Democrats of “exploiting” the anniversary “to promote partisan political goals that existed long before.”
Donald Trump gave up speaking on Thursday, no doubt aware that the press conference he wanted to give from his luxurious Florida residence would be too much of a provocation.
But the former Republican president did not moderate his speech at all. He further described the fraud as “a crime of the century” on Tuesday, which he said did not, in any way, tarnish Joe Biden’s election.
Which has long chosen to treat his predecessor with contempt, for example by refusing to name him in public.
But this time, the US president wants to point out in public the “special responsibility” of Donald Trump in the outburst of violence of January 6, 2021, the White House has said.
Does the president want to take a more serious turn in a term that seems to be getting bogged down?
The new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation, the memory of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the blocking of major reforms in Congress: all of these elements which day after day undermine its confidence rating.
– 55% –
Even more worrying: according to a very recent poll, only 55% of Americans believe he was elected regularly.
Because Donald Trump’s speeches have made their way into people’s minds: the American billionaire continues to claim, without proof, that he is the real winner of the election.
And the former businessman retains immense influence over the Republican Party.
Few like Karl Rove, former adviser to George W. Bush and for decades one of the great strategists of the Republican Party, unequivocally condemn the assault on Capitol Hill.
“There can be no (…) absolution for those who planned, encouraged and assisted in this attempt to overthrow the country,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
But these extremely rare positions among Republicans risk being stifled by the most thunderous supporters of Donald Trump.
For example, the elected member of the House of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, who holds ultra-conservative positions on the right to abortion or firearms. She announced a press conference in Washington to, she promises, “expose the truth about January 6, 2021”.
To this deeply divided nation, which sometimes gives the impression of living in irreconcilable realities, Joe Biden nevertheless wants to propose a way forward to strengthen democracy.
The president is trying in particular to revive legislation on minority access to the right to vote.
But Joe Biden faces conservative states that multiply laws making it harder for African Americans to vote at the polls, a Supreme Court bearing the conservative mark of his predecessor, and a Congress Democrats control only a hair’s breadth of thumb. , and that they could lose in the legislative elections next fall.
The president’s leeway to save America’s “soul”, as he promised during his campaign, seems very limited.