President Joe Biden’s inaugural address earlier this year was chock full of calls for unity among a sharply divided electorate, but some Republicans are sounding the alarm that the levers of power within the current administration are being operated by people with much more partisan motivations.
As the Washington Times reports, high-profile figures in the GOP are warning that Biden himself is essentially a “Trojan horse” that will hand over control to the far left so that they can achieve the sort of radical policy objectives that would otherwise prove impossible.
Though Biden presented himself throughout the 2020 campaign as the politically moderate antidote to the constant drama and alleged divisiveness of then-President Donald Trump, his conduct during his first three months has suggested that he is anything but.
Not only has Biden succeeded in securing passage of a massive new coronavirus relief package against the objections of Republicans, he is now pushing for the enactment of a $3 trillion behemoth of a jobs and infrastructure plan that some, including Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have characterized as a backdoor method of achieving “the largest set of tax hikes in a generation,” and a craven attempt to “use important issues as smokescreens for unrelated agendas,” as The Hill noted.
Amid the aforementioned legislative boondoggles as well as an apparent push toward a sweeping expansion of social entitlements, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) sees something deceptively sinister afoot, saying, according to the Washington Times:
What I see are the fingerprints of [Sen.] Bernie Sanders [I-VT] and [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez (D-NY)] on almost every policy that comes from the White House.
It’s tragic that America was misled in the way the Biden-Harris campaign misled them.
Hagerty went further to opine that “If America had known the policies that Biden was going to implement and compared those policies to President Trump’s policies, there’s no way Biden would be sitting in the Oval Office right now.”
President of Americans for Prosperity, Tim Phillips, expressed similar frustration with the trajectory of the Biden administration’s policy pushes thus far, calling the current state of affairs “deeply disappointing,” and that GOP lawmakers who had a long history working with the president during his time in the Senate – including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – were under the impression that they would be able to reach consensus on key issues.
Phillips explained, “They go back in some cases, decades with President Biden, literally decades, they know each other well,” adding:
There was the feeling that, given the long-term relationships, perhaps they could find areas of agreement that were not so polarizing. And that just hasn’t happened.
Considering that Biden is 78 years of age and seemingly in the throes cognitive decline of one type or another, it perhaps should not come as a major surprise that he is not the one pulling the policy strings at the White House. It remains to be seen, however, whether Republicans have either the ability or the political will to put any serious checks on the far-left forces running the show before they do even greater harm to the country.