(Belga) America cannot accept that “political violence becomes the norm”: this is the warning that Joe Biden launches to his compatriots on Thursday, a year after the violent assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump.
“We have to decide today which nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as the norm? Are we going to be a nation that allows partisan officials to overturn the will legally expressed by the people ? Are we going to be a nation that does not live in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies? “Asks Joe Biden, according to an excerpt from the speech that the American president is due to deliver to commemorate the events of the 6th January 2021. “We cannot afford to become that kind of nation,” he says in this passage communicated by the White House, a year after thousands of supporters of Donald Trump tried to prevent certification of his election by the United States Congress. The 79-year-old Democrat will speak at 2:00 p.m. GMT (3:00 p.m. HB) in the Capitol’s “Hall of Statues” with Vice President Kamala Harris. 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. Joe Biden has long chosen to treat his predecessor with contempt, for example by refusing to name him in public. But this time, the US president is determined to publicly mention the “special responsibility” of Donald Trump in this outburst of violence, the White House has already said. Joe Biden “sees January 6 as the tragic crowning achievement of what four years of Trump’s presidency has done to this country,” spokesman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. Does the president want to give a more serious, more political turn to a mandate that gives the impression of getting bogged down? After having focused for months on economic and social policy, the White House sees much of its hopes for reforms go up in smoke because of parliamentary blockage. The new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation, the memory of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan: all of these elements which day after day undermine Joe Biden’s confidence rating. (Belga)