New York Correspondent
Joe Biden will not be sworn in as president of the United States until January 20, and he does not have any executive power in the United States, but he does have the authority that gives him victory in the presidential elections on November 3 – he won Donald trumps with a difference of more than seven million votes– and yesterday he appeared live in a message broadcast by all televisions to condemn the violent assault on the Capitol in Washington.
” Right now, our democracy is under unprecedented attack,” said Biden, who was yesterday to be certified as the winner of the election by Congress when a pro- Trump mob violently invaded the seat of American popular sovereignty. “Today is a painful reminder that democracy is fragile.” This is not disagreement. It is disorder, it is chaos and it is close to sedition, “defended the president-elect. “It is not a protest, it is an insurrection.”
Biden spoke as lawmakers and US Vice President Mike Pence they had to be moved to a safe place, with the halls of the Capitol taken over by Trump supporters.
A few hours earlier, and not far from the Capitol, Trump was the star of a rally to protest against the election results. The US president insisted on his accusations of massive fraud – of which neither the Justice nor his own Administration has found proof – with an aggressive tone even for him. “We will never give up, we will never concede defeat, it will never happen”, proclaimed and called on his supporters to “march” to the Capitol to pressure lawmakers – especially Republicans he called “weak” – to avoid Biden’s certification as a winner and to “show strength.”
The speech was heated by explosive opening acts. His lawyer and conspiracy theorist Rudy Giuliani called on the crowd for a “trial by combat.” His son, Donald Jr., warned Republicans not to go along with Trump’s treadmills: “We’re going for you.”
” At their best, a president’s words can be inspiring,” Biden said in his speech. ” At worst, they can be inciting,” he warned in a reference to what had happened during the day. After hearing Trump, the excited crowd descended Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, confronted the police and signed an infamous journey in the history of US democracy Given the seriousness of what was happening, many expected that Trump would call to order his hosts, with hundreds of people with flags, caps and T-shirts with his name violating the seat of popular sovereignty.
Trump did it first with a message on Twitter asking people to be “peaceful.” But he neither required them to leave the Capitol nor condemned the events. Shortly after Biden’s appearance, the US president shared a message on Twitter. Now he did ask his followers to go home, but he still did not condemn what happened. Quite the opposite. “We love you and you are very special,” he said to those who had confronted the police, had broken windows to enter the Capitol and had caused incidents in which a woman, a Trump supporter, was shot dead. Furthermore, he insisted on his accusations that the election was “stolen.”
Shortly after, Trump shared another message on Twitter, even more shocking: he justified the violence that occurred – “these things happen when a resounding electoral victory is aggressively and abruptly snatched from our patriots” – and seemed to celebrate what happened at the end of the message : “Remember this day forever!”
Trump once again forgot any condemnation of what happened and made no references to his deceased follower in the incidents. By then, the calls to expel Trump through the 25th amendment to the Constitution – establishing the possibility of replacing the president by incapacity – were repeated among Democrats and some Republicans, such as the governor of Vermont, Phil Scott. Widespread criticism of Trump for encouraging the incidents spread to many Republican allies, from lawmakers to senior officials who have passed through his administration. ” The president has responsibility for today’s events for promoting unfounded conspiracy theories that have led us to this,” defended Republican Senator Richard Burr, who insisted, like most of his bench colleagues, on certifying Biden as the winner.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism