This Friday, Joe Biden passed the milestone of 78 years. An anxious birthday day for the oldest elected president in US history. It is indeed increasingly difficult for him to remain calm in the face of Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat. The day before, the Democrat again tried to reassure his audience: “I am sure of it: he knows that he has not won, that he will not win, and that we (Editor’s note: Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris) will be invested on January 20, ”he declared.
But, for the first time, Joe Biden raised his voice, claiming that Donald Trump would end up being considered “one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history”. “Incredibly harmful messages about the way democracy works are being sent to the rest of the world,” the Democrat lashes.
Donald Trump’s Plan B
A new step was taken this week. Trump’s defense led by his friend, the whimsical lawyer and ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, has shifted. The electoral appeals were rejected one after the other by judges from different states for lack of evidence to support the fraud charges. Plan B is now to reverse the results of the ballot by pushing local elected officials (in key states where the assemblies are predominantly republican) to appoint the grand voters of their choice. However, the voters, who vote on December 14 to formally elect the president of the United States, are normally supposed to reflect the popular vote of each state.
In Trump’s sights: the 16 voters in Michigan, where Biden won 155,000 more votes than him. The outgoing president invited local elected officials from this Midwestern state to the White House on Friday, hoping to convince them to choose pro-Trump voters. He could try the same strategy in Georgia or Arizona, states he has also lost and where the local assemblies are Republican.
“Be patient, I’m coming”
The maneuver, complex and questionable in court, has little chance of success. But it is unprecedented. According to Michael Beschloss, a historian interviewed by “The New York Times”, “this is a president who abuses his enormous powers in order to stay in office when voters have clearly rejected him”, before add, “This is what many of our founding fathers feared. “
Joe Biden is trying to keep a cool head. Asked Thursday, he remained vague on possible legal steps to counter the latest efforts of the Trump camp. To those who are worried, the Democrat replies: “Be patient, I’m coming. But he did not rule out the possibility of legal action against Emily Murphy, head of General Service Administration, who still refuses to sign the letter authorizing the start of the transition process. This signing would allow Camp Biden to have access to federal resources, personnel and information to begin its work.
So far, the Trump administration, and in particular the Ministry of Health, refuses to exchange any data with the team of the future president. This is particularly a problem for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is exploding in the United States, with the imminent arrival of vaccines, the distribution of which will have to be organized on a large scale. This is “one of the biggest operational challenges we will have to face as a nation,” said Biden, who has made the health crisis the top priority of his tenure.
The Democrat recently spoke about this with several governors, Democrats and Republicans. He emerged optimistic about future cooperation: “The governors have been very clear: to beat the Covid-19, we will all have to work together, as one country. “
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr