Given just how divided our nation has been in recent years, there was little doubt that the difference between Joe Biden’s time in office and Donald Trump’s was going to be dichotic, polar, and frigidly stark.
Joe Biden is coming in to return Washington to the status quo, essentially, running a campaign that pinned him as the anti-Trump. But, Trump was anti-swamp, so being anti-Trump….you see where this is headed.
The idea was that there were enough Americans annoyed enough by Trump for Biden to win the election, and the Democrats banked fully on this possibility. At this moment, it looks as though they were right to do so, as Donald Trump is filing a number of seemingly desperate legal challenges to the election.
This also means that there was little doubt that Joe Biden was looking to reverse course abruptly upon entering office, and his team is providing proof of that trajectory today.
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President-elect Joe Biden plans, on his first day in the White House, to enact four executive orders rolling back President Trump’s efforts on a number of issues, the campaign told Fox News on Monday.
The executive actions would include rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, rejoin the World Health Organization and repeal Trump’s travel ban targeting majority Muslim nations.
And that wasn’t all:
Monday’s news signaled the beginning of a longer effort to undo a variety of policies pursued by Trump. Biden has vowed to repeal Trump’s tax cuts, for example, and said that he would reverse the Mexico City Policy, which Trump reinstated shortly after taking office in 2017.
That policy restricts international funding for organizations that promote abortion. Other abortion-related policies and those weakening the Affordable Care Act, will likely be on the chopping block in a Biden-Harris administration as well.
This sort of political whiplash was not unexpected, but certainly isn’t going to leave Americans feeling as secure as they believed a return to the old days would or should.
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