Visibly relieved that his party was able to neutralize the “red wave” in the midterm elections, Joe Biden said yesterday that “this has been a great day for democracy”, while being optimistic about the future of the United States thanks to that many of the extremist candidates promoted by donald trump.
In the midst of a tortuous counting of the votes, the Republicans accumulated 207 seats in the House of Representatives11 fewer than needed to achieve a majority, compared to 187 seats for the Democrats.
While in the Senate last night 49 Republican seats and 48 Democrats were projected, with tight elections in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia.
“Our democracy has been put to the test in recent years, but with their votes, the American people have spoken and shown once again that democracy is who we are,” Biden boasted from the White House. “Although the press and experts predicted a giant ‘red wave,’ it did not happen.”
In a good mood and accompanied by his wife Jill, Biden made it clear that he fully intends to seek presidential re-election in 2024, despite the fact that a growing number of his own supporters consider him too old for a second term, arriving at that point at 82 years old.
Although by some counts the list of hard-line Trump candidates number more than 200, some of the most notable deniers not only failed to defeat their Democratic rivals, but lost in landslides, as in the governorships of Pennsylvania, Michigan or Maryland, with which the former president will not have key allies in the certification process for the 2024 presidential elections.
But other Trumpists managed to win, like JD Vance in Ohio and Ted Budd in North Carolina. The New York Times estimates that the Republican ranks in Congress will include 120 skeptics of the 2020 presidential results, although only 30 of them are openly unaware of Biden’s victory.
Although the trend of the vote in the House of Representatives indicates that Republicans may be in control, evidence of fractures began to emerge even before they took office.
The most conservative members in the lower house leaked that they are willing to vote against Kevin McCarthy as the new president of that body unless he makes concessions.
Although McCarty has maintained that one of his main priorities will be the approval of a control law for the border with Mexico, the most conservative legislators are seeking additional concessions, including the possibility of being able to dismiss him if they are not convinced of his leadership and are even willing to present an alternative candidate to challenge him.
Other more radical Republicans are demanding that McCarthy commit to launching impeachment proceedings against Biden or members of his cabinet.
Tycoon, in the crosshairs
The links of Elon Musk with foreign countries “deserve to be examined,” said Joe Biden when responding to a question about the possibility that the purchase of Twitter by the richest man in the world represents “a threat” to national security.
“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation, and/or technical links with other countries, deserves to be examined,” he declared at the press conference.
“Whether he’s doing something inappropriate or not, I’m not suggesting that … That’s all I’m going to say.”
Last month it was reported that Washington was weighing a national security review of Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter due to a group of investors backing the purchase.
Investors include Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Musk he has also taken what is seen as a pro-Vladimir Putin public stance, despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Critics point to Musk’s industrial ties to China.