Former Vice President Joe Biden is charging full steam ahead with his plans to take over the White House in January, but the self-styled moderate is already posing a major problem for progressives seeking to use him to accomplish their goals.
In newly-leaked audio obtained by The Intercept’s Ryan Grim and released Thursday morning, Biden shocked far-left supporters by declaring that he will resist calls to flippantly use his executive power to violate the constitution.
Biden also reiterated that he would use his executive powers to reverse “every single damn thing” that President Trump did in the last four years, ensuring that he will infuriate both Republicans and progressives alike in his use of executive powers.
The audio was reportedly recorded during a closed-door meeting with several civil rights leaders. Grim revealed the previously-unreleased audio on his podcast, “Deconstructed.
“So there’s some things that I’m going to be able to do by executive order, [and] I’m not going to hesitate to do it,” Biden told the attendees, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“But what I’m not going to do is I’m not going to do … when you’d have some of the people you were supporting saying, ‘On day one I’m gonna have an executive order to do this!’ Not within the constitutional authority. I am not going to violate the Constitution.”
Executive authority that my progressive friends talk about is way beyond the bounds. As one of you said, maybe it was you, Reverend Al, whether it’s far left or far, right, there is a Constitution. It’s our only hope. Our only hope and the way to deal with it is, where I have executive authority, I will use it to undo every single damn thing this guy has done by executive authority.
But I’m not going to exercise executive authority where it’s a question, where I can come along and say, I can do away with assault weapons. There’s no executive authority to do away that. And no one has fought harder to get rid of assault weapons than me, me, but you can’t do it by executive order. We do that, [the] next guy comes along and says, ‘Well, guess what? By executive order, I guess everybody can have machine guns again.’ So we gotta be careful.
Many progressives jumped aboard the Biden train because they saw an opportunity to manipulate the elder statesman to push through their socialist agenda, but it appears he may be more resistant than previously calculated.