After months spent on the sidelines, the democratic candidate for the White House Joe Biden has taken over the voice on a background of protests against racism and police violence, to attempt to register as a unifier in the face of a Donald Trump “divider in chief”.
“What we are currently experiencing will have a greater impact on the outcome of the election, the pandemic,” said Capri Cafaro, a former parliamentary democrat and expert on the American University.
“Because this gives Joe Biden the opportunity to present the country in a context which places him in sharp contrast to the president.”
Since mid-march, the former vice-president of Barack Obama was stuck at home in Delaware by the pandemic of sars coronavirus, and its multiple interventions is struggling to break through in the face of his rival for the presidential election of 3 November, Donald Trump.
But the end of the confinement has coincided with the outrage caused by the killing of George Floyd, a black man of 46 years heatstroke below the knee of a white policeman on the 25th of may. Thousands of people have since taken to the streets for demonstrations that have sometimes degenerated into riots.
“The issue of racism and justice were already well before doomed to be at the heart of the campaign,” says Hakeem Jefferson, a political scientist at the university of Stanford. And because “Donald Trump came to power by blowing on the fears racial”.
It had come to be added the crisis of the Covid-19 that killed disproportionately African-americans. “I don’t think that there could have been more angry,” says professor black.
If the two rival presidential nominees have each denounced the killing of George Floyd, their reactions have been over the rest the opposite.
Donald Trump showed up in the president determined to restore order, left to resort to the army, in the face of a Joe Biden-known for his empathy, which accuses its rival of having transformed the United States into a “battlefield” and promises to do everything to “heal the wounds of racial”.
“It really comes down to two types of leaderships”, analysis, Capri Cafaro. “In the eyes of these two men, the force has a well-different.”
Biden, not an “ideal candidate”
“The country is desperately looking for a leader (…) that could bring us together (…) who can recognize the pain and deep suffering of communities who have a knee on their neck for too long”, was launched on Tuesday Joe Biden.
“LAW & ORDER”, has tweeted in response Donald Trump. Elected in 2016 without the slightest political experience, he also pinned his rival democrat on its balance sheet: “Joe’s asleep is in politics since 40 years and he did nothing”.
Popular among black voters, who vote overwhelmingly traditionally democrat, several chapters of the balance sheet of Joe Biden could harm him.
“If you think Joe Biden is the perfect candidate for most black Americans, think again”, underlines Hakeem Jefferson. The seventy-year-old “has a very complicated story, with the Black americans”.
He is accused of being the”architect” of a law is criminal, repressive, adopted in 1994, which has especially hit African-Americans.
But, he continues, “we are well aware of the choice we face in November: keep Donald Trump in power or to choose the democrat who “seems to at least understand the limitations of the presidency and the power it offers for working in favor of these communities”.
“I think it is a simple choice for most black voters”.
Professor of political science at Wayne State university of Michigan, Jeffrey Grynaviski stresses that in a country as politically divided, the election will be on the “battle of the mobilization of its voters, rather than attempting to convince the other.
By posing as a president determined to restore order, Donald Trump “seeks to mobilize its base”.
But it could also be counterproductive for the republican, who won his surprise victory in 2016 with sometimes a very short lead in certainsÉtats.
However, while Afro-Americans had much less voted for Hillary Clinton than for Barack Obama, recalls Jeffrey Grynaviski, “the rhetoric of Donald Trump of the last days will probably push black voters to support Joe Biden”.