A reluctant Biden is asked to face Trump

Washington DC.- It might not be the fight you were looking for, but President Joe Biden has been called in to face Donald Trump.

Biden introduced himself as the custodian of American democracy in a terror speech on Thursday in which he addressed the horrors of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol aimed at reversing his 2020 election victory. After Trump’s refusal to accept his reality is defeated, he hatches a conspiracy that was supposed to destroy the United States system of government and continues to affect society even a year later.

“I didn’t look for the fight that was brought to this Capitol a year ago today, but I’m not going to back down,” Biden declared in his 25-minute speech from Statue Hall, where the agitators were held a year ago. Had roamed “I will live in this gap. I will defend this country. And I will not let anyone put a dagger in the neck of democracy.”

But even by his own admission, Biden’s presidency has been shaped and was the reaction of his predecessor.

At the age of 75 and mourning the recent death of his first-born son, the former vice president decided to rejoin public life to fight for the “spirit of the United States”, after seeing that Trump How about some white supremacists during a violent. Protests in Charlottesville in 2017. Biden defeated new and more popular rivals in a controversial 2020 Democratic Party primary on the promise that he was most capable of defeating Trump. And he was sworn into office just two weeks after a violent uprising as he reassured Americans that he could leave four turbulent years behind and build for the future.

In his speech on Thursday, Biden did not mention the name of the former president. However, he made comments and rebukes aimed directly at Trump and the Republican Party, which is increasingly tarnishing his image.

Trump, Biden said, is not only a former president, but a defeated man whose “wounded ego matters to him more than our democracy.”

He denies Trump’s “big lies” — three of them, in fact — and his attempts to sow doubts about the development of the election that even the former president’s justice secretary and the judges he chooses are fair. and were free from significant defects.

He mocked the self-described patriotism of those who attacked the police and stormed the Capitol, as well as the man who inspired him to do so. “You can’t love your country only if you win,” Biden declared.

On the anniversary, Biden strongly condemned his predecessor, after his first year in the job, where he tried, often unsuccessfully, to avoid talking about the “old man”.

“I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump,” he said when he was in the presidency for four weeks. “I don’t want to talk about him anymore.”

But in the past year, Trump has gone from a two-time impeachment pariah to a self-proclaimed president-in-exile, and his hold on the Republican Party is now stronger than when he left office. Trump has waged an aggressive campaign to oust some Republicans willing to condemn him from his party. And he has raised financial resources with the goal of retaking the White House in 2024.

It’s a paradox for the president: Biden often has his highlights when facing Trump, but talking about the former president also serves to elevate him in the national conversation.

The match could happen again in 2024. Biden, who has signaled his intention to run for a second term, told ABC last month that he is even more likely to run again if Trump is running for election. Republican Party.

But at the same time, efforts to change the way elections are conducted are already underway, and this could usher in a very different dynamic in the upcoming elections.

In many states, Republicans are promoting initiatives to influence future elections by installing favorable leaders in local electoral positions, and they are supporting some of those who rebelled to run for public office. had participated. Democrats, for their part, are pushing for voting changes that will seek to reverse those GOP initiatives and ensure other long-awaited Democratic priorities are in law.

The violent acts of January 6 were just a small sample of the broad determination of Trump’s allies to reverse the election outcome. More than 50 lawsuits were launched in the contesting states alleging some form of electoral fraud, a move that failed after judges appointed by various presidents – including Trump himself – dismissed the claims. The Justice Department began a process to investigate widespread voter fraud cases, until former Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press that there were none.

Additionally, Trump aides made baseless allegations about voting machines used in several states, including false claims that some were manufactured by a Venezuelan-linked company, among other outlandish allegations that are now in libel lawsuits. are the subject of.

Despite his loud speech on Thursday, Biden and other government officials rarely elaborate on the issue of election conspiracy theories publicly, because it encourages them to move on. And it is widely anticipated that, despite Biden’s promise to help push the voting rights bill forward until it is passed, he will not pay much attention to the events of 2020. He believes Trump supporters are more likely to rule and do it well than to continually re-prosecute his presidential victory.

Leaving the Capitol on Thursday, Biden paused to explain why he decided to criticize Trump so strongly for so long.

“You have to recognize the magnitude of the wound in order to heal,” he said. “You have to face it. That’s what great nations do. They face the truth. They face it. And they move on.”

Yet as much as Biden wants to go, the future of America’s democracy is now tied to the events of the 2020 election and the aftermath, which show no signs of easing.