Early this Friday, November 6, the day of the hoped-for outcome of the craziest presidential election in American history, there are signs. On the sets of the big news channels, except Fox News, Joe Biden is already designated as the “president elected” – president elect, without waiting for the end of the counting of all the ballots, handfuls of votes by handfuls of votes, in the ultimate swing states, those states where the ballot of November 3 is being played out. In Washington, on the “Black Matter Plazza”, the center of the anti-Trump protest a stone’s throw from a bunkerized White House, the demonstrators flock, the tension gave way to broad smiles.
Elsewhere, across the country, supporters of the outgoing president, red caps on their heads, kneeling in front of counting centers, pray that the ballot boxes are favorable to their champion. But as the hours pass, it would take them almost a miracle … The day before, the video of the televangelist Paula White, spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, chanting, almost in a trance, “I hear the sound of victory”, had overwhelmed social networks.
As for his ex-political adviser, the sulphurous Steve Bannon, he calls on his YouTube channel “The War Room” to “behead” Dr. Fauci – Trump’s health adviser – and the boss of the FBI, guilty in his eyes of treason! Amid the outcry, the man saw his accounts closed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Conversely, more and more personalities and elected officials of the GOP (Grand Old Party, the Republican Party), shocked by his attitude, ostensibly turn away from the outgoing president who always claims that victory should come to him. Another tangible sign of a situation that suddenly settles down after such a long suspense: Secret Service agents, the president’s security, are sent to reinforce the Democratic candidate, in his stronghold of Wilmington (Delaware) where he is due to speak soon.
Trump cries out fraud, but doesn’t seem to believe it anymore
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is attacking Twitter, which continues to censor its tweets, his favorite communication weapon. The day before, three of the main American channels, MSNBC, NBC and ABC, had cut off the retransmission of his intervention at the White House, repelled by the “lies” of the president who accused the Democratic camp of defrauding en masse, everywhere, for “steal” his victory from him.
“What a sad night for the United States of America to see its president falsely accusing people of trying to steal the election,” commented the star CNN presenter after this new projection from Trump.
VIDEO. US presidential election: Trump denounces “the theft of the election”, news channels cut his microphone
Will the latter cling at all costs to his chair in the Oval Office, as he has repeatedly suggested by assuring that only a fraudulent ballot could lead to his defeat? “I do not see how he could do it, comments a European diplomat. The United States is endowed with solid institutions, and if the outgoing president is defeated, he will have to leave the place on January 20, date of inauguration of the new president ”.
In fact, while his close team, led by his son Eric Trump and the powerful ex-mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, hired an army of lawyers to wage a legal battle reminiscent of the one that led George W. Bush to victory in 2000, Donald Trump himself no longer seems to believe in it. In the presidency’s press conference room on Thursday evening, he looked tired, disillusioned. Shortly before, he had written, in a tweet about his legal offensive: “But what good is all this? The damage has already been done ”.
Start a Fox News competitor?
As if the essential, deep down, was to prepare the myth, for the tens of millions of Americans who still believe in him, that he will not have been regularly kicked out of the presidency. In Washington, the rumor of a preparation for the post-White House circulates, some evoke the launch of a large TV channel, future competitor of… Fox News.
In the meantime, the Americans continued to follow Friday, minute after minute, the final count, hoping for a transition as peaceful as possible in this great fractured country. Joe Biden has repeatedly said that he will be a “unifying president”, that of a rediscovered Union. An immense challenge for the one who, soon to be 78 years old, is preparing to take the destiny of the country in hand.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr