Editorial of the “World”. Since the presidential election of November 3, Donald Trump has steadfastly strived to rise to the height of his caricature. That of a man devoured by his ego, unable to recognize an indisputable defeat, ready to weaken the institutions he had sworn to protect by taking office with the sole aim of appeasing his resentment. An expert, Michelle Obama, believes that the presidency of the first world power does not change a man but reveals what he is. In the case of Donald Trump, the image shown by this mirror is devastating.
The norms he attacked are those that have so far been the pride of the United States: the acceptance of the victory of the adversary and the peaceful transfer of power from one party to another. The loser’s concession speech like the letter left on the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office by the outgoing President to his successor have long been seen as proof of the maturity and soundness of a democracy in which personal ambition has grown. erases when the time comes before the imperative of the common good.
A departing president can of course adopt symbolic measures intended to consolidate his legacy. But Donald Trump’s attitude aims less to polish his political legacy than to undermine the authority of the future President of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden.
This scorched earth policy is hateful when it deprives the next administration of funds intended to support a still faltering economy, which the Federal Reserve lamented in an unusual statement. It is unworthy, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when it very concretely prevents the Democratic team from having the information necessary to prepare for the task, in particular the distribution of millions of vaccines. She is pernicious when she instills doubt on the legitimacy of the next White House tenant.
The accumulated setbacks in court by Donald Trump’s lawyers who defend his conspiracy theory of massive fraud should have quickly brought the president and the silent majority of elected Republican Congressmen to their senses. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Despite the ballot recounts, despite the scrupulous examination of the voting conditions, despite the validation of the results, state after state, each day passed only confirmed the indisputable victory of his opponent.
This alleged manipulation of elections that would have benefited Joe Biden, but which, strangely enough, at the same time allowed Republicans to win seats in the House of Representatives, is absurd. Indifferent to the facts, Donald Trump nevertheless persisted, bringing with him a critical mass of voters from the Grand Old Party, which sank into the blind adulation of his leader.
The certification of Michigan’s results on Monday, November 23, despite the president’s pathetic delaying tactics, forced the latter to officially initiate the transition, without yet acknowledging his defeat.
The business that Donald Trump has embarked on could not but fail. American democracy will return to its usual course on January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden takes the oath in the shadow of the dome of Congress.
But we must hope that the judgment of history will be severe with the factious apprentice. For the man who promised to restore America to greatness has lowered it by his behavior.
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