In a speech of rare gravity, without ever naming the one he called only “the former president” or “the former losing president”, a formulation suitable to enrage the Republican billionaire, Joe Biden delivered an attack in order from the Capitol, where thousands of supporters of Donald Trump tried a year ago to prevent the certification of his election.
The 79-year-old Democratic president accused his predecessor of having “tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power” during the “armed insurgency” of January 6, 2021.
Donald Trump “created and spread a fabric of lies about the 2020 election, he did it because he prefers power to principles,” and because “his wounded ego matters more to him than our democracy.” assassinated the president, who had never delivered such a frontal attack.
Donald Trump’s response was not long in coming: the billionaire estimated that the speech of his successor, whose confidence rating is very low, was “political theater” intended to divert attention from his “failures.” “
A “struggle” opposing democracy to autocracy
“Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as the norm?” (…) Are we going to be a nation that does not live in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies? Asked Joe Biden.
“We cannot afford to become that kind of nation,” he said, believing that the United States was engaged, inside and outside its borders, in a “struggle” between democracy to autocracy.
“I did not seek this battle,” admitted Joe Biden, while according to a recent poll, only 55% of Americans believe that his election is legitimate. But “I will not let anyone put the knife at the throat of American democracy,” said the Democrat.
The political divides of the United States
This speech marks a break, as if Joe Biden had chosen to impart a more combative tone to his mandate, which he had first wanted to place under the sign of reconciliation, by treating Donald Trump and his most bitter supporters by contempt.
But reconciliation seems far away: the anniversary of January 6, far from being a moment of national unity, on Thursday illustrated the deep political divides in the United States. Leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, will not be present at the ceremonies in Washington. And he issued a statement accusing Democrats of “exploiting” the anniversary “to promote partisan political goals that existed long before.”
Donald Trump canceled a press conference he wanted to give from his luxurious Florida residence. But the former Republican president did not moderate his verb in any way. He again qualified Thursday the election of Joe Biden as “rigged”, an accusation that he maintains without ever having provided proof. The billionaire retains immense influence over the Republican Party.
Very few are those who, like the Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Twitter Thursday, unambiguously condemn the assault on the Capitol. “We are putting ourselves in danger by ignoring the lessons of January 6. Democracy is fragile; it cannot survive without leaders of integrity and courage who are more concerned with the solidity of our Republic than winning the next election, ”wrote the Republican, declared opponent of Donald Trump.