A Ripple, Not a Wave Joe Biden's Almost Impossible Task

Even if Joe Biden emerges victorious, the peaceful transfer of power still isn't yet a foregone conclusion. And as president, Biden would face the almost impossible task of reuniting a deeply divided nation.
Will he leave?

Will he leave?

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U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

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Trump challenger Biden

Trump challenger Biden

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Trump supporters in Michigan: Republicans are mostly focusing on trivialities in their efforts to get votes discarded.

Trump supporters in Michigan: Republicans are mostly focusing on trivialities in their efforts to get votes discarded.

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Trump opponents with security guards in front of a government building where ballots are being counted in Arizona

Trump opponents with security guards in front of a government building where ballots are being counted in Arizona

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If Trump were to manage to stay in office, it would mean a number of difficult years ahead, particularly for Europeans.
The central question, though, is whether a president who has lost his re-election bid can pardon himself.