Joe Biden, the designated 46. US President, repeatedly makes great promises at public appearances:
“I vow to be a president, who doesn't want to split, but one. Who doesn't see red or blue states, but only the United States.”
To keep this promise, should be difficult. More than 75 Millions of US citizens have cast their vote for Donald Trump – Record for an incumbent president. And around three quarters of these people believe in electoral fraud. They question the legitimacy of Biden's presidency, before it started.
No matter, whether it is about fighting the pandemic and the topic of masks, about racism, Police violence or cultural values and the question, what it means, to be an American: The trenches are deep – maybe too deep, says Kris Marsh. The African-American is a sociologist at the University of Maryland. “The damage could already be too great, than the new government can bring us together. We talk together, but we don't listen to each other”, she says.
A lot of Republicans don't believe Biden and his team either, that he is serious about his promise, to unite the country. A suspicion, which is fueled daily by media loyal to Trump – for example by the conservative commentator Tammy Bruce on Fox News: “For years you have insulted us Trump supporters as Nazis, as racists, as the dregs of society, as a fool. They clearly have no respect for us.”
She cites as evidence, that Biden had given his two sheepdogs a Trump doll to tear up. Photos of it have been circulating on social networks for months. “These politicians – these crooks – say one thing and mean something else. But we know that”, says Bruce.
Biden had repeatedly emphasized in the election campaign, that, thanks to his decades of experience as a senator and vice president, he is in a position like no other candidate, also to work with the political opponent. But dozens of Republicans in Congress are still refusing, to accept him as elected president.
Also the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, congratulated first, after the electoral assembly confirmed Biden as the election winner. A crucial step, For which Biden even thanked McConnell in a phone call.
In an interview with late-night talker Stephen Colbert, the Democrat was then optimistic: “I think, I can work with the Republican leadership; in the House and in the Senate. We can do something”, he said. “And I believe, as soon as this president is no longer in office, its influence will also wane – and the Republicans will be more ready again, to cooperate.”
How much Biden will have to rely on the Republican's cooperation, is decided on 6. January: in the runoff election for two Senate posts. If the Democrats don't win both seats there, it remains with the majority of Republicans in the Senate – and McConnell, for example, could prevent, that Biden's nominations for the cabinet will be approved.
Biden has already undertaken a first practical test himself: On the day of his inauguration, he wants to ask the Americans, For 100 Days to wear mask – to get the pandemic under control. It is also an indicator of this, whether they are ready, at least in this case to overcome the division in the country.