Donald Trump, June 1, 2020 in Washingont. - Patrick Semansky / AP / SIPA

  • Donald Trump has violently attacked the rioters as millions of Americans have demonstrated since the death of George Floyd on May 26.
  • Instead of bringing together a strongly divided country, the American president made the choice to return to the countryside and to bet on the fringe of the population frightened by looting.
  • His Democratic opponent in the November poll, Joe Biden, took the opportunity to break the silence and stand out from Barack Obama.

“I am absolutely scandalized. At no time did he pray or acknowledge the incredible agony of our country right now, especially for people of color. The diocese of Washington dissociates itself entirely from its inflammatory words ”.

Donald Trump may have crossed the wall of indecency for a long time, but he has achieved a first: to put himself against the bishop of the episcopal diocese of the federal capital, responsible for the Church of Saint John, located in the across Lafayette Square, a stone's throw from the White House.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde called into CNN to talk about Trump's photo op. Listen to this.

- John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) June 2, 2020

At war with "domestic terrorists"

Mariann Edgar Budde did not digest that the 45th American president, undoubtedly the least who pretended to like the masses during his mandate, does not make the big eyes with America a bible in the hand after having made place clean with tear gas. More used to the Playboy format , of which he was a big fan, Trump also seems not to know too much how to go about it with the little book. But the hesitation was quickly swept away by the warlike intonations to come.

- The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 2, 2020

For his first official speech since the start of the protests which followed the death of Georges Floyd, the president of the first world power decided to go on a crusade. Tribute to the victim? Sent in three sentences, to better focus on the rioters, "these interior terrorists", to whom he promises the gallows or almost. The governors, garlanded earlier on the phone ["If you don't dominate them, you will pass for a bunch of assholes"], also take their rank. "I am ready to deploy the American army if a city or a state refuses to take the necessary measures to protect their fellow citizens."

In the footsteps of Nixon

Seven minutes in the purest Nixonian style, the republican theorist of the doctrine of "law and order" against "the doglit" of the racial riots of 1967 and 1968, the trumpian verb in addition. "Nixon, who has not always followed the rules, is an altar boy next to Trump," said Romain Huret, historian from the United States and director of studies at EHESS. At the time, there was not such an extreme polarization in American society. There, even if the threat of brandishing the Insurecction Act [which authorizes the army to intervene on the national territory] is virtual, since the governors do not want it, and that the situation seems to calm down a little, we have l 'impression that Trump is pushing all the standards of the acceptable in a democracy.'

First 2 polls on the action of #Trump in the face of demonstrations:
▶ ️ 32% approve of it with #CBS
▶ ️ 33% of #MorningConsult

In both cases, the majority of Americans disapprove of its response.

- jean-eric branaa (@BranaaJean) June 3, 2020

Is the republican billionaire in the process of putting in the air all his chances of being re-elected in November after having already given a poor image in the management of the Covid-19? It sounds like a reasonable guess, but the comparison with Nixon, we come back to it, requires a few nuances. While America was shaken by protests from all sides, notably that of the African-American population, it was by playing the tough guys that the serial loser of the sixties had debunked the Democrats from power. We try to make the parallel with Jean-Eric Branaa, lecturer at Paris II Assas and author of Et if he still won? (Ed. VA Press).

"Unlike Nixon, who did not have to justify the suppression of the protests since he was in opposition, Trump is already in power. But like Nixon, and even more like Wallace at the time, whose manners he shared, he behaved like the one who wanted to overturn the table. By making the choice to speak only of riots and not of the overwhelming majority of pacifist demonstrations which show that we are far from the insurgency, he is betting on bringing the famous silent, frightened majority to vote for him. Because as far as its base is concerned, it has nothing to fear. "

That is to say 45% of Americans who will follow it to the extreme limit, or even beyond, even if their champion had to start "shooting the crowd in the middle of fifth avenue", had also joked l interested during the 2016 campaign, stunned himself to benefit from such indulgence despite the squadron skids. Four years later, Trump has chosen to flatter the lowest instincts of his compatriots afraid of looting at Macys on the same fifth avenue, the richest in the country. The fate of the black community, he hardly talks about it since he came to power, since it would not bring him much in the ballot box anyway. In the last election, 92% of African Americans chose Hillary Clinton.


- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020

African Americans far more affected by pandemic

However, the coronavirus pandemic, which still has devastating effects across the Atlantic, has once again highlighted the yawning racial divide in the United States. "The African-American community is paying a heavy price for the disease because it has more important comorbidity factors than the rest of the population, particularly obesity," Romain Huret said. And these are the same people who are suffering the economic consequences, with the explosion of unemployment and the disappearance of the whole sector of the informal economy ”. Statistics show 2.5 times more likely to die from Covid-19 when African-American minority, while New York Times article reveals that less than one black man now one in two adults has a job and the medical coverage that goes with it.

"Between 1968 and 2020, we are somewhere in a continuity, because the racial problem of the United States is at the very origin of this Nation, complete Jean-Eric Branaa, In the 1960s, it was the great battle for civil rights, which was won. But the other fight, that of equality, of legitimacy, is far from being won. The health crisis has shown it. And on top of that comes the death of Floyd, where once again, black Americans know that nothing will happen and that the police will get out, like so many others before them. The anger has risen to its highest level, and it is not about to die down. ”

Criticized for its very discreet confinement and the lukewarmness of its so far campaign , Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for the White House, took the opportunity to get out of the woods with strong words. At the end of last week, the former vice-president had already mentioned "the original sin of this country", slavery, "which still taints our Nation today, an open wound from which none of us can turn away" . On Tuesday, for his first post-virus public appearance in Philadelphia, the man Trump likes to nicknamed "Sleepy Joe", Joe asleep, revealed himself to part of the American press in a feverish speech.

The presidency is a big job. Nobody will get everything right. I won't either.

But I promise you this: I won't traffic in fear and division or fan the flames of hate. I will seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country - not use them for political gain.

- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 2, 2020

"We have the right to think that the president is more concerned with power than with principles. That he is more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of those he is supposed to care for. The presidency is a sacred job. No one will ever be faultless and neither will I be. But I promise you one thing: I will not practice fear and division. I will not stir up the flames of hatred. I will strive to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country, not play it to serve my political interests. The time has come for our country to tackle institutional racism. "

Biden breaks the ice

A promise that others made before him, but never succeeded. But a promise that binds Biden for good. "Now he is obliged to act, to give America a project for a post-colonial society for the future," professes the historian of Paris II. If he doesn't, the American youth who voted Bernie Sanders in the primaries and who is demonstrating today will not go to the polls, and he will lose. ” "Mobilizing all the categories of voters supposed to support it will be the big issue in November," confirms his colleague from EHESS. It's not so easy for Biden, because Trump is just waiting for a faux pas to push him towards the side of the people who break shop windows in Manhattan. I would be careful not to forecast the election, but many Americans realize that it is going wrong and that a point of no return has been reached under the current presidency in a democracy like the United States. The erratic management of the pandemic, the lack of consideration for the human life of this administration, there is a rising feeling to say that we have gone too far. ”

My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln. Passed Opportunity Zones with @SenatorTimScott, guaranteed funding for HBCU's, School Choice, passed Criminal Justice Reform, lowest Black unemployment, poverty, and crime rates in history…

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020

This does not scare Donald Trump, returned to his sickly use of Twitter to explain without shaking his chin Tuesday evening "that no American president has done as much for the African-American community since Abraham Lincoln". The Washington maverick  , who likes to boast of being the first in all, could soon break a record that we thought was untouchable. The much feared peak of 24.5% unemployed counted after the 1929 crisis. "How do you want to go to an election with such a figure, after explaining that you had the best economy in the world three months earlier? "Wonders Jean-Eric Branaa. We trust him to find anyway.


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