President Joe Biden defeated his rivals in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race by touting his supposedly moderate views on important policy issues.
While Biden was arguably successful in making that case to voters, a senior editor at the Washington Examiner is arguing that the portrayal was fundamentally fraudulent.
“Exposed again and again”
Hugo Gurdon explained his position in a piece on Monday, writing: “It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Joe Biden isn’t the president he promised to be. He has been a faker, exposed again and again, throughout his seemingly interminable career.”
In Gurdon’s view, the president displayed a “chameleon lack of principle” in depicting himself as a centrist within a field of far-left rivals.
Since Biden’s inauguration, however, Gurdon claimed that the president’s mask has slipped, particularly by pushing “gargantuan spending proposals” that reveal his progressive tendencies.
The true nature of Biden’s ideology extends beyond budgetary issues, the columnist argued, pointing to a recent executive order calling on a commission to study the impact of adding additional seats to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Such court-packing proposals have become increasingly popular among progressives as a way to counteract the addition of three Supreme Court justices during the Trump administration.
“Used it almost verbatim”
Biden himself once described prior efforts to add additional justices to the bench a “bonehead idea,” but Gurdon said it should not surprise Americans that he has seemingly changed his opinion on the topic.
“Biden has always abandoned positions whenever convenient, floating to success on an unending stream of falsehoods and flip-flops,” the Examiner editor wrote.
Furthermore, Gurdon noted that Biden once “borrowed a family anecdote from Neil Kinnock, the leader of Britain’s Labor Party, and used it almost verbatim as though it were plucked from his own family history.”
Calling the president a political “shape-shifter,” the columnist argued that the leader Biden most closely emulates is disgraced President Richard Nixon, who tacked “one way during the presidential primary and then back for the general election.”