“The voters have spoken and they have chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as their next president and vice president. It’s a historic ticket, a repudiation of Trump and a new page for America. Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump in 2016, expressed her enthusiasm after the Democratic victory in the US presidential election. But she comes forward perhaps by considering that the victory of Joe Biden, declared Saturday, November 7, is a “repudiation” of the outgoing president.
Donald Trump himself took it up: he won more than 71 million votes. Admittedly, that’s less than the more than 75 million votes cast by Joe Biden. But this is much more than the 63 million votes that the Republican had gleaned in 2016. The historic participation, this year, has therefore benefited both candidates. During the campaign, everyone agreed that Donald Trump’s base remained intact, the question being whether he would succeed in expanding it. The answer is yes, although that was not enough.
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The tight scores in key states that Joe Biden raved from Donald Trump is further proof that the country remains divided. According to the exit polls, the results of which need to be refined but which give an indication of the composition of the electorate, the Republican has improved his performance with his most fervent supporters, white voters. Some 54% of them voted for him in 2016, up from 57% this year. He also did better with minority voters, such as Cuban Americans in Florida or African Americans in Detroit, Michigan.
The conspiracy movement in good place
Another sign that he has not been repudiated, some of Donald Trump’s supporters refuse with him to admit his defeat. “Don’t concede anything, Mr. President. Fight with strength, ”Republican Senator Lindsey Graham advised him. Newt Gingrich, another close friend, considers the defeat of Donald Trump a “leftist takeover funded by people like George Soros.” The latter, an American billionaire born in Hungary and Jewish, is the subject of all kinds of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories prized by the American far right.
And among the new republican generation, this movement has found its place. Madison Cawthorn, 25, will sit in the House of Representatives as elected from North Carolina. In 2017, he took selfies outside the Kehlsteinhaus (“Eagle’s Nest”), a Nazi refuge in the Bavarian Alps frequently visited by Hitler. The young American had mentioned the “Fürher” and said he was “not disappointed” with the trip.
Two women members of the QAnon movement, which believes in a conspiracy of satanist pedophiles and trusts Donald Trump to block it, will also enter Congress: Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia and Lauren Boebert in Colorado. On Saturday, the first protested with 200 others in Atlanta, while other protests took place in several cities across the country. In August, the president congratulated her on her victory in the primary, and described her as a “future Republican star”. Marjorie Taylor Greene in turn pledged to help Donald Trump challenge the results.
An intact American fracture
The latter has so far not provided evidence of electoral fraud. Joe Biden’s victory was only announced after several days of caution. World leaders have already praised the Democrat. But part of the country does not believe it, a sign that Trumpism, this societal conservatism mixed with a distrust of institutions, elites and experts, will outlive Donald Trump.
Monica Hesse, a Washington Post columnist, noted Wednesday that “some of the pillars of American culture on which he (Joe Biden, Editor’s note) campaigned – decency, truth […], respect for science and history – could prove to be even more fragile. Indeed, we cannot repudiate a vision of the world to which half the country subscribes. “
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