Thomas Gallatin / Jan. 20, 2021

Biden's First Planned Actions to Reverse Trump

He will work to immediately dismantle Trump's polices while ironically calling for unity.

Soon after Joe Biden stands on the steps of the Capitol today and is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Americans will quickly experience his agenda. And what will that agenda be? In short, it appears to be undoing as much of Donald Trump’s legacy as possible and returning to the leftism of the Barack Obama years.

A memo released by Biden’s incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain highlights the agenda items for the new administration’s first 10 days, which includes four big items hyperbolically referred to as “crisis” issues. These “crises” Biden plans to tackle include “the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.” Notably, only two of the issues listed can even arguably be classified as crises. Furthermore, it’s quite telling that regarding racial issues, the language used is not “equality,” which has arguably been achieved under the law, but the Marxist language of “equity.”

Immediately following his inauguration, Biden plans to sign 12 executive orders, with the majority of them aimed at directly reversing policies of the Trump administration. They include reentering the disastrous Paris Climate Agreement, ending the dubiously misleading “Muslim Ban,” rescinding Trump’s 1776 Commission that challenged the systemic racism myth, a mandate that noncitizens be included in the Census count, a halt to all construction of the border wall, and stopping the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization, to name but a few.

Biden will also initiate his “100 Day Masking Challenge,” as he has frequently referred to the wearing of masks as a “patriotic duty.” The “challenge” mandates that masks be worn in all federal buildings and also issues guidelines pressuring all states to adopt similar measures. With language like this, it’s no wonder the issue of mask wearing has become so politically charged.

Meanwhile, Biden plans to express his desire to “heal” the nation and bring “unity” — even as he just recently vilified Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz by comparing them to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Completely absent from Biden is any magnanimity and humility necessary for any genuine prospect for bringing unity. His failure to confront and condemn the ongoing demonization of Trump supporters by members of his own party — even participating in it himself — will only serve to further divide the nation. More than 74 million Americans voted for Trump and his America First agenda. If Biden were wise and genuinely sought unity, he’d reject or at least substantially moderate the extreme leftist agenda within his own party and move toward a more centrist agenda. However, if his recent rhetoric and planned executive actions are to be believed, such a move won’t happen.

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