US President Joe Biden recently gave a resounding speech about democracy in which he pointed the finger at his predecessor, Donald Trump, in the hope of stimulating the Democratic camp and reviving his presidency, which is in a bad situation, but he is taking a political risk to a large extent if his promises turn out to be empty.
On January 6, the 79-year-old Democratic president gave perhaps the strongest speech to date, marking the one-year anniversary of the attack by supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump on the Capitol.
Usually good-natured and down-to-earth, Biden has turned into a tougher president, ditching jokes and slang to use formal jargon.
“I did not seek this fight” against political violence and authoritarian attempts, Biden said, but “I will not back down.”
For the first time since his inauguration as president, Biden launched a direct attack on Trump without naming him, but used the phrase “loser ex-president” to accuse him of “stabbing democracy” with his baseless statements about “rigging” the recent elections.
David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamlin University in Minnesota, said Biden “was in a very difficult situation. Either he says nothing and finds himself on the defensive, or he strikes hard” to rally his camp by motivating his opponents as well.
Donald Trump, like other key figures in the Republican camp, strongly criticized the president, accusing him of “exploiting” the events of January 6, 2021.
However, the Democratic president needs to revive his presidential term. After a consistent start marked by the relaunching of the economic wheel and the decline of the “Covid-19” epidemic, Biden finds himself in a difficult situation.
The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has left scars, and Americans are frustrated by high inflation and the proliferation of Omicron.
Biden’s confidence is around 43%, which is considered a major obstacle as he has to deal with a divided Democratic camp and a very slim parliamentary majority. The president was forced to abandon a massive social reform project because of the rebellion of a single Democratic senator, Joe Manchin.
So Biden, who faces a midterm legislative election this coming fall, has traditionally been perilous for the existing majority, to change his mind.
For a while, the White House has asserted that the urgent issue is no longer the economy, but the protection of “voting rights.”
The issue is related to the immunization through two federal laws of one of the greatest gains of the civil rights movement: the right of minorities, especially African Americans, to vote, which is threatened today by the reforms of some conservative states.
David Schultz considers Biden to make a “big promise,” adding that Democrats “have very little reprieve” to pass these two texts, before losing, perhaps a few months later, their control of Congress.
And this political analyst believes that “if (Biden) fails, this will constitute a major blow to his presidential term.”
Some civil rights activists listened with skepticism to the president, who during his campaign benefited from the support of African-American figures deemed crucial at the time.
“Do we think he has good intentions?” asked Cliff Albright, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. Yes (…) but he really didn’t do enough during his year in office for the right to vote,” and he prioritized economic issues.