President Joe Biden, with help from the establishment media, has attempted to portray himself as a moderate who will embrace centrist positions and bipartisan deals that will help unify the nation.
In reality, however, his governance thus far has been marked by the selection of several radical partisans to his administration, as well as dozens of executive orders, many of which are exceptionally divisive.
The Washington Examiner noted that while many in Biden’s administrative team are merely “seasoned Beltway pros,” there were five individuals in particular who have sparked attention and concern. The first is Kristen Clarke, Biden’s pick to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department. After being called out, Clarke issued a perfunctory apology for prior statements she made in college that espoused her belief in Black racial superiority, and for hosting a visiting professor infamous for his anti-Semitic views.
The second is Neera Tanden, the pick to head the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden is a longtime Democratic operative who has consistently battled Republicans in exceptionally hostile terms.
Along the same lines as Tanden is senior adviser Anita Dunn, another longtime operative who has praised Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong, previously defended disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and recently attempted to smooth over the harassment of a reporter by a member of Biden’s communications team.
Another “radical” is former California congressman and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to head the Health and Human Services Department. Becerra is an outspoken and vehement supporter of abortion and open borders with limited experience in health care.
Finally, there is Wendy Sherman, Biden’s choice as a top deputy at the State Department, who has staunchly defended both Iran and communist China.
Divisive executive actions
Biden’s “pen and phone” have been extremely busy as well.
MarketWatch published a list documenting 55 “key” executive actions and orders Biden has signed since taking office less than a month ago, only a handful of which could be described as having broad appeal or as unifying for the country.
Instead, almost half were direct repudiations of “America First”-style orders signed by former President Donald Trump, and many of them put into action Democratic agenda items that were too divisive to win even bare majority consensus in Congress.
On Biden’s second day in office, The Federalist highlighted the worst of the bunch, which included demonizing white Americans by declaring war against “systemic racism,” declaring war on women by forcing schools to allow biological men to compete in women’s sports, declaring war on domestic energy production by halting new oil and gas exploration and the Keystone pipeline, and declaring war on the unborn by rolling back protections against taxpayer funding for abortion.
There are also Biden’s orders essentially opening the borders of the nation to unlimited immigration, as well as the norm-breaking firings of nonpartisan appointees and a continued demonization of his predecessor and the tens of millions of Americans who supported him.