Thursday ought to have been a good day for Joe Biden. America’s Supreme Court heard arguments that Donald Trump was unfit to hold office because he fuelled an insurrection; the former Fox anchor Tucker Carlson released an interview with Vladimir Putin making the case better than anyone else could that Trumpians adulate Russia’s autocrat; and news broke that the Biden special counsel Robert Hur would not charge him for having retained classified documents.
Then the White House saw Hur’s Semtex-packed wording. Biden’s “diminished faculties and faulty memory” meant that no jury would convict him, Hur wrote. The US president was a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory”, who could not even recall which year his son, Beau, had died.