Biden reverses Trump executive order creating ‘National Garden of American Heroes’

In response to a wave of removal and destruction of hundreds of monuments and statues depicting notable Americans across the country last year, former President Donald Trump announced the creation of the “National Garden of American Heroes.”

The upcoming project, which had a completion date of mid-2026, will no longer move forward, however, after President Joe Biden reversed Trump’s executive order on the project, The Daily Caller reported.

What happened?

As monuments and statues across the country fell victim to “cancel culture” in the wake of George Floyd’s death over the summer of 2020, Trump signed off on executive orders meant to counter-punch the movement, including the construction of the Heroes Garden as well as stiffer penalties for vandals caught destroying monuments.

“[T]oday under the authority vested in me as president of the United States, I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” Trump announced in July 2020.

“Each individual has been chosen for embodying the American spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love,” an official statement on the project read.

The project would have included hundreds of American heroes, including Muhammad Ali, Harriet Tubman and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Though the project — which would have reportedly been larger than the National Mall — never received congressional funding, the task force selected for the project was still in place before Biden signed the order canceling the project.

What else did Biden cancel?

Nixing what would have been an incredible legacy left by the former president wasn’t the only Trump-era executive order that Biden reversed last week, according to The Associated Press.

Biden also signed off on reversing a Trump-signed executive order that called for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to further investigate the Section 230 liability shield that protects social media companies from litigation over free speech issues.

The 45th president, especially during his last year in the White House, hammered social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, threatening to have Section 230 laws stripped after the companies took a hard-line stance against his presence on the networks, which eventually resulted in the banning of virtually all of his accounts.

Biden also signed off on canceling an executive order signed by Trump which prioritized federal punishment for vandalizing or defacement of protected monuments and statues of historical figures. In response to the trend of vandalizing such monuments, Trump called for stiffer punishments, such as mandatory prison time, as a deterrent.

The new reversals signed by Biden last week are a continuation of what seem to be his goal of erasing virtually every executive order Trump had in place. Perhaps his time would be better spent by focusing on the issues that continue to cripple his presidency, like the southern border immigration crisis and the struggling U.S. economy.

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