[all over the world] a large number of soldiers gathered to take office. Is this the end of “American democracy”?

Bi Qiulan

On January 20, US President elect Biden was swearing in. According to the Convention, it should have been the president’s meeting card, the crowd marched, and the White House held a dance However, the reality is: trump broke the American political practice and missed Biden’s inauguration; Washington was “fully armed” with 25000 soldiers on patrol; roadblocks and fences were everywhere, and Capitol Hill was surrounded by high-speed rail Washington has become a “heavily guarded military base”, and foreign media even described Washington as a “ghost town with soldiers”.

Biden (former) delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the 46th president of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Liu Jie

As the largest developed country, the United States, which boasts itself as the “Lighthouse of democracy”, even needs to deploy heavy troops in the transfer of power, which is equivalent to five times the total number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. People can’t help asking, what’s wrong with America? This is “American democracy”?

Unprecedented transfer of power “Lighthouse of democracy” collapsed

Washington’s impending enemy stems from the violent assault on congress that shocked the world two weeks ago. On January 6, riots broke out in Washington. A large number of trump supporters stormed the Capitol building violently, interrupting the Senate and the house of Representatives’ certification procedures for the election results, causing at least five deaths and public outcry.

On January 6, supporters of US President trump held a demonstration in Washington, D.C. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Liu Jie

The bloody attack on Congress not only cast a thick cloud over the transfer of power, but also exposed the myth of “American democracy”, tearing down the fig leaf of “American democracy”. According to US media, this is the first time in the modern history of the United States that the transfer of power “has evolved into an entity confrontation in the Washington power corridor”, “violence, chaos and destruction have shaken the core of American democracy”, and “the political system of the United States may have been permanently damaged”.

[all over the world] a large number of soldiers gathered to take office. Is this the end of

Donald Trump left the White House on the morning of the inauguration day in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2021 local time. Source: Oriental IC

The former president trump, who is closely related to the incident, was impeached by the house of representatives for suspected sedition, becoming the first US president to be impeached twice during his term of office.

Anti epidemic, anti riot and anti assassination at the inauguration ceremony highlight the fragility of “American democracy”

With the turmoil in Congress still lingering and the epidemic situation becoming more and more serious, Biden’s inauguration ceremony is regarded as a “special event of national security” in the United States. The purpose of mobilizing large-scale security forces to the capital is to “prevent epidemic, riot and assassination” on the day of the new president’s inauguration.

[all over the world] a large number of soldiers gathered to take office. Is this the end of

On January 20, 2021 local time, in Washington, the United States, Biden was sworn in as president of the United States. Source: Oriental IC

According to US media reports, before the inauguration on the 20th, the Federal Supreme Court near the Capitol received another bomb threat.

[all over the world] a large number of soldiers gathered to take office. Is this the end of

Security is tight in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of the U.S. president. Image source: visual China

In order to prevent the “lone wolf” attack on the new president by “insiders” among the national guards participating in the ceremony security, the FBI has assisted the military in conducting three “security checks” on all 25000 national guards. According to CNN news on the 19th, 12 soldiers have been transferred from their posts for failing to pass the audit.

Source: CNN

The U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation has previously warned that from the 16th, armed demonstrations may take place in the capitals of 50 states and Washington, D.C. For this reason, many state capitals have raised their vigilance, strengthened security outside the state parliament building, and at least a dozen states have used the National Guard to assist in law and order. It is very rare in American history that the United States is so well prepared for the transition of presidential power. The Washington Post said that the “extraordinary security measures” adopted by the State Capitol buildings now reflect the current state of uneasiness in the United States.

[all over the world] a large number of soldiers gathered to take office. Is this the end of

On January 20, 2021 local time, in Washington, the United States, Biden was sworn in as president of the United States. Source: Oriental IC

The threat of violence and potential unrest cast a shadow on Biden’s White House ceremony and highlighted the fragility of “American democracy”. For those veterans who have been in the army and experienced the cruelty of the battlefield, they should not have thought that their country would become a battlefield front line and need heavy soldiers to guard. Is this what they think of as “American democracy”?

[correction] [editor in charge: Liu Zhongling]

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