Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of having “tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power”

“I will not let anyone put the knife to the throat of democracy” American. A year after the violent assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the United States cannot accept that “Political violence becomes the norm”Joe Biden warned in a speech on Thursday, January 6.

Donald Trump reacted quickly, calling Joe Biden’s speech a “Political theater” intended to make you forget the “Failures” of the Democratic President. Joe biden “Used my name in an attempt to divide America even further”, Donald Trump said in a statement.

“This political theater only distracts attention from the fact that Biden completely and utterly failed. “

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The American president, who for a long time chose to treat his predecessor with contempt, refusing for example to name him in public, has therefore changed his tone, accusing Donald Trump of having ” attempted to prevent a peaceful transfer of power “During the assault on the Capitol, an” armed insurrection “according to the Democrat.

« For the first time in history, a president not only lost an election, he tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power, ”and his supporters who led the attack on Capitol Hill, where the US Congress sits, “Were not a group of tourists, it was an armed insurrection Joe Biden assured during a speech from Congress.

The Democratic President spoke shortly after 3 p.m. KST in the Statues Hall of the Capitol, along with Vice President Kamala Harris.

“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 legally expressed will of the people? Are we going to be a nation that does not live in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies? “

“We cannot afford to become that kind of nation”, he estimates a year after thousands of supporters of Donald Trump tried to prevent the certification of his election by the US Congress.

Donald Trump’s “Special Responsibility”

Supporters of former President Donald Trump during the assault on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Both in the United States and abroad, “We are engaged in a struggle between democracy and autocracy”, launched the American president in an offensive speech. “I did not look for this fight”, most “I will not slip away”, he added.

“I will not let anyone put the knife to the throat of democracy” American, promised Joe Biden at the end of his speech.

Joe Biden “Sees January 6 as the tragic culmination of what four years of Trump’s presidency have done to this country”, his spokesperson, 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 Covid-19, inflation, the memory of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan are all elements that day after day undermine Joe Biden’s confidence rating.

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Even more worrying: according to a very recent poll, only 55% of Americans polled believe that he was elected regularly. Donald Trump’s speeches therefore seem to have made their way into people’s minds, the American billionaire continuing to claim, without proof, that he is the real winner of the election. The Republican gave up speaking Thursday, doubtless fearing that the press conference he wanted to give from his luxurious Florida residence would be too much provocation.

Conservative Party Leaders Discretion

But the former president did not moderate his speech. He again called Tuesday “Crime of the century” the fraud which, according to him, marred the presidential election of 2020. And, in the Republican camp, few are those who dare to criticize aloud Donald Trump. The leaders of the Conservative Party have for the most part chosen to keep a low profile Thursday.

Leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, estimated in February 2021 that the former president was “Morally responsible” of the events of January 6. Thursday, he will be at a funeral in the southern United States, far from the ceremonies in Washington. “Our great nation is now reeling on the edge of an ever deeper precipice. Without immediate action, we are in serious danger of experiencing a civil confrontation ”, meanwhile alarmed former President Jimmy Carter, in a column published by the New York Times.

Members of the police overpower a supporter of Donald Trump participating in the assault on the Capitol, January 6, 2021.

To this deeply divided nation, Joe Biden 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. He will travel for this purpose on Tuesday to the State of Georgia, emblematic of past and present battles for civil rights.

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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 completely in the legislative elections in the fall. The president’s leeway to save the” soul “ America, as he promised during his campaign, seems very limited.

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Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of having “tried to prevent a peaceful transfer of power”