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The impeachment of Donald Trump, a blessing for Joe Biden?

‘No comment’: President Joe Biden wants to stay away from legal problems of Donald Trump, aware that he will have to move with subtlety if he wants to take political advantage of the impeachment of his potential rival in the 2024 elections.

The US president, who has not officially launched his re-election campaign, knows that any comment on his predecessor’s impeachment could feed the Republican magnate’s argument that he is the victim of a political use of justice.

The Democratic president also tries with his silence not to blur the image he is trying to convey: that of a head of state focused on his task, who, for example, came on Friday to comfort the inhabitants of a town in Mississippi (south) devastated by a tornado .

Before his departure, Biden stopped to attend to the journalists who were waiting for him on the White House lawns. He could have gone straight into his helicopter, like he usually does. But he wanted to make it very clear that he wouldn’t say anything.

I have no comments“I’m not going to talk about the impeachment of Trump,” Biden declared.




Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited the town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on Friday, devastated days ago by a tornado. Photo: AFP

Political commotion for an unprecedented case

In an unprecedented situation For a former US president, Trump was criminally indicted Thursday in a case linked to buying the silence of a porn actress before the 2016 election.

Faced with this historic accusation, the White House “does not want to fuel the political debate,” former spokeswoman for the Democratic president Jen Psaki said Thursday on MSNBC.

Biden bets on what is known in the United States as the “split screen” effect. On the one hand, a head of state who works. On the other, a former president paralyzed by judicial problems.

On Friday, Trump denounced a “witch hunt” from his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Promises and comfort in Mississippi

Biden, wearing trademark aviator sunglasses and a presidential seal beanie, meandered among collapsed houses and fallen trees in Rolling Fork, a site ravaged by a deadly tornado.

In this modest, predominantly African-American town, the president, assuming a role he loves, had words of comfort and promises of help to rebuild.

Donald Trump, in a campaign image in 2015. He will appear in court in New York on Tuesday.  Photo: AP


Donald Trump, in a campaign image in 2015. He will appear in court in New York on Tuesday. Photo: AP

“You guys built your lives here. We’ll make sure you can stay,” Biden said.

Another example for next week: Biden must travel to Minneapolis on Monday (Minnesota, north) to explain “how his economic policy created the largest job increase in history” and attracted investment, according to a White House statement.

Millions of dollars for the campaign

The next day, Trump must appear in court in New York, where his fingerprints will be taken, an indictment will be read to him, and his regulatory photo will be taken.

Trump’s indictment, which does not prohibit him from campaigning or running for the 2024 presidential election, may have a mobilizing effect on his own camp, helping him raise funds.

In fact, following news of the indictment, on Thursday night, his team raised more than $4 million in 24 hours.

A Donald Trump supporter waves a flag outside the former president's residence in Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday.  Photo: AFP


A Donald Trump supporter waves a flag outside the former president’s residence in Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: AFP

“More than 25% of the donations came from new benefactors,” the organization explained this Friday in a statement. According to the campaign, the median value of donations is $34.

On Thursday, several figures on the American right, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, considered an ambitious rival to Trump, joined ranks behind the real estate mogul.

democrat expectation

But an easy win for Trump in the Republican primary can serve Biden well.

The 80-year-old Democrat has already beaten him once and feels he can do it again. Biden also hopes that in the face of Trump, 76, the subject of his age hurt him less.

“I’ll be very lucky if I find myself facing the same man in the next election,” Biden said about a year ago.

A recent poll from Marquette University Law School showed Biden head to head with Trump on voting intentions, with 38% each.

It remains to be seen what will happen to the independent and undecided. In recent weeks, Biden has courted them with arguments about the cost of living and defending health insurance, which he says Republicans want to dismantle.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday indicates that 68% of Americans worry about their standard of living after retirement.

Source: AFP

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