In the US The campaign for the presidential elections on November 3 has moved to a new stadium. With a few hours apart, former Vice President Joe Biden has officially become, and after a mere procedure, the candidate for the Democrats, while the president, Donald Trump, has lifted the curfew in Washington.
Days of paperwork
After a few primaries in Democratic ranks in which the only thing missing was to put the red carpet, literally speaking, Joe Biden to give him free rein in his career towards the White House as if it had been a close battle to the end without concessions, the former vice president released magnanimous words.
“It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented candidate groups the Democratic Party has ever put forward. To say that we will participate in these general elections with a united party.” There is no need to elaborate on how many and under what circumstances, his internal adversaries were left on the side of the road, the last of them, Bernie Sanders, once again definitively relegated last April.
Nor is it necessary to remember that ‘Sleepy Biden’, as Trump calls him, started that very badly positioned internal fight with respect to his opponents, wrapped in scandals related to Ukraine that date back to his times of raids in the White House with Obama.
And in case anyone doubted the connection of his words with his actions, he decided to visit the family of the recently deceased George Floyd by the hands of policemen to start his campaign. Something that smacks of demagogy for Eduardo Luis Moggia, professor at the University of Mar del Plata and the University of Buenos Aires, and Consultant in International Relations.
“No matter how much conflict the US has, the perspectives continue to show that Donald Trump is going to win the elections,” says the analyst.
Moggia points out that Biden has many things against it. “First, that he does not reach the percentage to win an election; second, there is a certain demagogic hegemony in exploiting Floyd’s case; and third, Biden’s confusing statements about the Crimea conflict looking at Russia, which seems to me very demagogic and also out of context. And we would say, in a way, ridiculous.”
Climbing the dangerous wave of opportunism regarding the case, Floyd Biden used a short speech to delve into the wound: “We are a country with an open wound. None of us can turn our back. […] This is the time for real leadership”.
So Obama showed himself as Biden’s squire and his strategy. In a keynote address “Dear Class of 2020,” he said protests across the country following the deaths of unarmed black men and women, including George Floyd, were fueled by “decades of anguish, frustration, over unequal treatment and the lack of carrying out police practices “.
Even days before, he had declared that these marches have been “an incredible opportunity for many people to wake up” to the inequalities that affect many blacks and Latinos in the country. “It is very important for us to take advantage of the momentum that has been created as a society, as a country, and say ‘let’s use this’ to finally make an impact,” said Obama, for whom this movement reflects an unprecedented “change of mind” in history from the country.
Biden and Obama pour these loose-bodied concepts as if they were mere lifelong activists who have never set foot in the White House. The questions arise alone: how is it possible for Biden to speak of “moment of real leadership” and Obama to speak of “an incredible opportunity for many people to wake up” and of “using this to make an impact”? What were they doing than when they were president and vice president and there were as many or more deaths than now of African Americans by the hands of police officers? So was not the time for the awakening, or real leadership, of two people who spent almost a decade in the White House and did nothing about it?
Moggia is forceful in this regard. “I think there is a very demagogic use of Floyd’s death that they are obviously using him very badly politically and demonstrates the baseness of those who appeal to leaderships that they don’t have.”
“Both Biden and Obama cannot lead anything, because their political time, like it or not, has passed,” says Moggia.