Biden’s victory shifts the balance of power in Washington
An analysis by Daniel Haufler
Oh, it’s going to be so nice when you hardly hear from Trump any more.
Daniel Haufler is the responsible editor for the online debate magazine Gegenblende and its podcasts.
The future US President Joe Biden is the exact opposite of Donald Trump. He stands for decency and credibility. That is why he was elected. But the Republicans still use their opportunities to dismantle democracy. Even without Trump. Biden is facing a difficult term in office – but he is the right man for the job and he has the right vice-president.
[This article published on Nov 9, 2020 is translated from the German on the Internet, https://gegenblende.dgb.de/artikel/++co++18c8af9c-2291-11eb-ac5a-001a4a16011a. ]
People are celebrating on the streets, champagne is splashing up, US flags are waving, bright sunshine.
This is how people in Washington celebrated when the election victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was certain. The mood was as exuberant as if a dictator had been overthrown.
The nightmare is – almost – over. US President Donald Trump does not want to admit it yet, but he has clearly lost the presidential elections to his challenger Joe Biden. But what does that mean? This question can only be answered in part so far.
Democracy works in the USA – to some extent
First and foremost: The world’s longest existing democracy functions in spite of Trump – and largely without problems. More people than ever before have cast their votes in the US elections. All the measures to irritate minorities with fake news, to make postal voting more difficult, to intimidate them with militias and to prevent them from voting have ultimately failed. In what is probably the most important election in the country for decades, a majority of over five million citizens voted against Donald Trump – although he too succeeded in mobilizing his base to an undreamt-of extent.