Trump vs. Biden… or Kamala Harris?

Trump vs. Biden… or Kamala Harris?
Trump vs. Biden… or Kamala Harris?

A president of the United States is legitimately accountable to the nation, including for his public decisions. But that is not quite what the justices of the American Supreme Court – mostly appointed by Donald Trump – believe, who have recognized a form of “presumption of absolute immunity” covering his “official acts”. A historic decision, which notably affects several of Donald Trump’s most controversial actions during his term. Thus, when he asks his Justice Department to confirm his statements about alleged – and false – electoral fraud; when he asks certain states to modify the results of their elections; or when he asks Mike Pence, his vice president, to invalidate the results of the “stolen” election – that is to say the one he has just lost to Joe Biden. In all these cases, as president, and according to the Supreme Court, he is in a virtually untouchable exercise of his function.

It’s a decision that the minority of Supreme Court justices appointed by Barack Obama considers “dangerous for our democracy”. For one of them, Sonia Sotomayor, “It makes a mockery of the founding principle of our Constitution […] that no one is above the law, and creates a lawless zone around the President. It is a loaded gun for [qui] would like to place his interests, his political survival or his financial gain above the interests of the nation”The federal trial that is due to be held against Donald Trump will therefore first have to define what remains of the charges against him before considering holding it… with a delay that pushes the hearings back until after the presidential election in the United States.

So that’s what it’s like for the Republican candidate in the November election. Facing him is Joe Biden, whose candidacy also seems problematic, but on another level, that of a state of health that raises questions. In the first presidential debate that pitted him against his challenger, broadcast on CNN at the end of June, he appeared weakened, stammering or losing the thread of his reasoning. And, even if, in substance, his arguments and his figures, solid, perfectly supported his speech, his performance was disastrous, facing a Donald Trump who was totally at ease and uninhibited, stringing together one untruth after another and approximations seasoned with invectives, even absurd comments on their respective performances on a green golf.

But the damage is done, and the Democratic front is cracking after this catastrophic debate. Several influential Democratic parliamentarians believe that it is time for Joe Biden to throw in the towel and for the Democrats to present another candidate. In a very rare occurrence, the editorial board of the prestigious New York Timeswhich brings together renowned editorialists, called on the President to step down: “To serve the country, President Biden must exit the race for the White House. He has been an admirable president. Under his leadership, the nation has prospered and begun to address a series of long-term challenges, and the wounds opened by Mr. Trump have begun to heal. But the greatest public service Mr. Biden could perform today would be to announce that he will not seek reelection.”

So who will take her place? Several governors are seen as potential contenders, but the first choice remains Kamala Harris. However, the Vice President has so far shown no desire to play this role, always saying that she is ” proud to campaign for the President “An opinion poll puts her in a better position than Joe Biden against Donald Trump, but not necessarily a winner and, according to Ange-Marie Hancock, professor of political science at Ohio University, ” It is possible that an undercurrent of sexism and racism worked against her.”

But, in any case, Joe Biden does not hear it that way. At the risk of denial, he believes that “No one is more qualified than [lui] » to beat his opponent, even though the polls now show him in clear difficulty. He has resumed his campaign with renewed vigor, and his team is preparing an intense battle plan, with an avalanche of television spots and trips to face the Republican convention, which begins on July 15…

Isabelle Souquet

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