Too implausible for Hollywood
Not long ago, President Biden invited renowned historians to the White House. Anxious to put the current period into a broader perspective, he therefore polled luminaries like Jon Meacham, Sean Wilentz, Allida Black and Michael Beschloss.
Historians are worried< /strong>
The verdict of the experts? Not since the eve of the Civil War has American democracy been so wavering. If they did not fail to underline the oppositions between the regions and the ideological currents in the United States, their greatest source of concern lies in the seductive lure of authoritarianism.
Sean Wilentz , a specialist in the development of American democracy before 1860, did not hesitate to mention that we were dangerously approaching what Alexander Hamilton called government by brute force.
Why this detour through the opinions of a council of wise men? Because since the arrival on the political scene of Donald Trump and his entourage, we have galvanized criticism from the political class and cleared extremists who were evolving on the margins.
Channeling resentment to put it at the service of a man whose behavior can be associated with that of a mob boss is not without risks. The remedy thus becomes worse than the evil that is denounced, and that is why Trump and his henchmen must answer for their actions in court.
The historic FBI seizure at Mar-a-Lago n t is just the latest installment in a series that makes Hollywood screenwriters blush. They would never have dared to go so far in crime, turpitude and contempt for institutions.
We do not yet know what this seizure will lead to, but one thing is certain: by keeping documents classified as defense secret at Mar-a-Lago, the 45th president is already illegal. It remains to be seen the nature of the documents withheld and their possible links to one of the other investigations – or trials – involving Trump.
Supporters of the former president miss no opportunity to evoke a political conspiracy or the intervention of a deep state to explain the misfortunes of their guru, but it is too easy a shortcut as well as a view of the mind.
A presidency like no other< /strong>
No other president or administration has been so dishonest or mafia-like. In the 20th century, only the names of William Harding (1921-1923) and Richard Nixon (1969-1974) can be mentioned in the same discussion and they are far from the mark.
How many other presidents avoided exposing white supremacists, saw six members of their team convicted, lobbied for votes to be found for them, demanded the seizure of voting machines, attempted to prevent the certification of election results before inciting their supporters to march on Capitol Hill?
For our own stability and security, it is to be hoped that the American courts will continue to demand accountability. If Trump is not the first president who has cheated, he is undoubtedly the worst. Hopefully we accuse him and prevent him from coming back.