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World Socialist Website - January 8, 2021

Within the framework of American bourgeois politics, Biden’s statement that the Democrats need a “strong” Republican Party means that the worst possible outcome would be a rout of the party of Trump, the incubator of fascism. Biden and the Democrats want to make sure that a political instrument essential to the defense of ruling class interests is not shattered by the at least temporary failure of the coup.

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s press conference yesterday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware was devoted to a cover-up of those politically responsible for the fascistic coup on Wednesday aimed at blocking Congressional certification of Biden’s own victory.

Less than 48 hours after hundreds of people, incited by President Trump and backed by top officials in the Republican Party, stormed the Capitol, Biden called for “unity” with his “Republican colleagues” and made clear that he is opposed to holding anyone politically accountable.

Biden deliberately sidestepped a question as to whether he supported the immediate impeachment of Trump for inciting Wednesday’s insurrection, which has been proposed by some members of the House of Representatives. “What the Congress decides to do, that’s for them to decide,” Biden said.

Biden later stressed his opposition to any attempt to remove Trump immediately, saying, “If we were six months out, we should be doing everything to get him out of office,” but two weeks before Inauguration Day, “I am focused on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th”—that is, at the end of Trump’s term.

The remainder of Biden’s remarks were focused on providing political cover for Republican officials who assisted Trump’s coup. Referring to Vice President Pence as “Mike,” he said that he would be “honored to have him” at the inauguration ceremony on January 20, which Trump declared on Friday he would boycott.

Asked if he thought Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz—two of the Republican senators who played leading roles in promoting the lie that the election was rigged—should resign, Biden only offered the hope that they would be beaten the next time they run for office, that is, in 2024. Cruz and Hawley were among seven Republican senators who voted to reject the electoral votes from the state of Pennsylvania early Thursday morning, after the attempted coup. Hawley was photographed raising his fist in salute to the fascist demonstrators. ...
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