That call, which Trump defended as “perfect,” and the administration’s pausing of security aid to Ukraine, would become the focus of his first impeachment, which ended with Trump’s acquittal in the Senate.
The former president never could solve the riddle of how to defeat Biden, who he accused of being a puppet for the “radical left.”
In reality, Trump lost to him because the coronavirus pandemic changed everything — but only some people got the message. One of them was Biden.
In a speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, with a soft-spoken, almost whispered urgency, President Biden made his case for a breathtaking overhaul of America’s social contract.
The President’s argument, in just his first 100 days, for $6 trillion in new spending would have been unthinkable before the coronavirus, which has killed more than half a million Americans and sickened 30 million others. When the pandemic hit, suddenly a nation skeptical of government began looking to Washington for help. Trump and Congress initially reacted by approving a series of Covid-19 relief packages, but Senate Republicans ultimately balked at the Democrats’ $3-trillion HEROES Act.
Biden is aiming much higher.
The image of two women — Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi—behind a US President at a joint session for the first time, Ghitis wrote, along with Biden’s words, “were a reminder of how far we’ve come, how awful things were, and how far we still have to go.”
The initiatives that Trump could once parody as “radical left” are much more in the American mainstream now, with polls showing many as broadly popular — even though Biden’s 53% approval rating is on the low side compared with other presidents (aside from Trump) at this point in their terms.
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