No second term for Donald Trump, who will have to give way to Democrat Joe Biden, winner of the election. But will the outgoing president, who has been claiming victory for several days in spite of everything, indulge in the exercise of the speech of defeat, 'a tradition dating back over a century'? asks USA Today in particular.
“If you compare an election to a war between two enemy armies, then the losing candidate's speech is a peace treaty,” USA Today argued on Friday (November 6th). But the attitude of Donald Trump in recent days - which has seen him declare a baseless victory, then announce recourse through and through - does not give the impression that he is willing "to leave the battlefield and even less to extend an olive branch to his opponent, Joe Biden ”, announced the winner.
However, the American daily points out, "since 1896, each of the losers in the American presidential election has sent a message of defeat, whether by a telegram sent to the winner or by a televised speech to the attention of the nation."
If Donald Trump broke with this 124-year-old tradition, it would be very damaging for American democracy, say experts interviewed by USA Today. A democracy already weakened by strong tensions and by the questioning, by the Trump camp, of the sincerity of the ballot. “Speeches of defeat are a way of establishing the legitimacy of elections,” insists one.
The question of this speech of defeat became more and more precise as the announcement of Biden's victory approached. Around 3 p.m. KST on Friday, CNN wrote in its live that, with Trump repeatedly saying that he had no intention of admitting defeat, his entourage began to consider that someone else might have to. -be doing it for him. "According to our sources, it was considered whether it was Ivanka Trump [her daughter] or Jared Kushner [her son-in-law]."
Asked by USA Today, Scott Farris, author of a book about losers in the US presidential elections, said he was convinced that Trump would admit defeat, if only for tactical reasons.
Like Richard Nixon before him, who doubted the sincerity of the election that opposed Kennedy in 1968, Trump will realize that being seen as a sore loser would jeopardize his political future, says Scott Farris. And then, "he may also understand that, if he is a sore loser, the image of his children will suffer when they too seem to have political ambitions."
In any case, he concludes:
“I think it will be one of the least courteous speeches of defeat in our history. I don't think it will go away saying, 'Well the people have spoken… It was a fair battle and it is life.'"