President Joe Biden campaigned on a message of unity and a vow to reach across the aisle to achieve progress for the entire country.
Based on a series of controversial executive orders, however, many in the GOP are increasingly dismayed by the divisive policies that have come to define the fledgling administration.
“They are incredibly happy”
Echoing the complaints of many on the right, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is accusing Biden of “restricting our freedoms” as well as killing jobs and putting China first.
As examples of the executive actions taken by the Biden administration in its first two weeks were his decisions to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, block further construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and cancel the permit of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Critics have slammed his policies as “America Last” in contrast to the “America First” stance that defined the administration of former President Donald Trump. The breakneck pace of Biden’s executive orders has also been a theme among critics, but he is not showing any signs of stopping.
In remarks during an appearance on Fox and Friends Sunday, Blackburn argued that Biden is compromising up to one million jobs with his climate agenda while exposing law-abiding Americans to criminal immigrant gangs.
“People are watching this, and they are incredibly happy,” the senator said. “They are looking [at] what has happened with the climate change, with the Paris Climate Accords, with stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline. They are looking at how he is giving favors to China by restricting our freedoms.”
“I’m eliminating bad policy”
Blackburn went on to assert that Biden’s “actions this week have adversely impacted one million jobs” and “do not help the U.S. economy.”
Asked what the GOP can do to slow down the president’s pursuits, Blackburn urged members of her party to “block and tackle” the White House through legislative means.
Specifically, he targeted the “Remain in Mexico” agreement and the public charge rule, which restricted green card issuance for immigrants expected to be in need of government assistance. The president also pledged to reunite families separated under his predecessor’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
Nevertheless, Biden continues to defend his wave of unilateral decrees, asserting: “There’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders I’ve signed. I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy. … We’re going to remove this stain.”