Following the release of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, some Democrats and media figures have sharply criticized President Joe Biden for failing to act with any urgency and being grossly ineffective in working to defend and protect abortion rights.
One example of that non-urgent ineffectiveness is a report that Biden’s White House instructed supporters to share video clips of presidential statements about abortion rights on the social media platform TikTok, Breitbart reported.
This appears to be a go-to solution for the Biden White House, as the outlet noted that it has reached out multiple times over the past year and a half to supportive and influential TikTok personalities for assistance in spreading the administration’s talking points among the public, most notably on promoting COVID-19 vaccines and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Rudderless, aimless, and hopeless”
There has been a number of sharply critical articles from various media outlets highlighting complaints about President Biden’s middling at best response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights, but few were as savagely blunt as one from CNN‘s Edwar-Issac Dovere.
Dovere led with an account of a conference call the White House had hastily arranged for Monday with a number of supportive celebrities and activists to discuss the potential fallout and response to the high court’s decision to return the right to regulate abortions to the individual states.
The call did not go particularly well, according to the reporter, and the “fatalistic” view of participants about the reality of the situation was likely only compounded by what the White House did after the conference call had concluded.
“That afternoon, participants received a follow-up email with a list of basic talking points and suggestions of Biden speech clips to share on TikTok,” Dovere wrote in his report.
He went on to describe the call as being emblematic of the “overwhelming sense of frustration” among many Democrats and activists about the apparent lack of urgency and “mismanagement” of the Biden White House, and quoted one unnamed member of Congress as describing the administration as “Rudderless, aimless, and hopeless.”
Dovere’s article proceeded to document several other similar critiques of the apparent inaction or marginal moves from the White House that have had minimal, if any, actual effect with regard to protecting abortion rights in states with restrictive abortion laws or even rallying rank-and-file Democrats to enthusiastically turn out to vote for pro-abortion lawmakers in November.
No boost in approval
Meanwhile, if the White House had hoped that President Biden’s response, such as it is, to the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights would boost his dismal job approval numbers, they were sorely mistaken.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls currently shows Biden with 38.2 percent approval and 57.1 percent disapproval, and those numbers are actually worse than they were just prior to the release of the abortion rights ruling.
Similarly, FiveThirtyEight‘s compilation of approval polls pegs Biden at 39 percent approval and 55.9 percent disapproval, also slightly worse than before the Dobbs decision was released, as well as worse than all of the current president’s modern-era predecessors at this point in their respective presidencies going back to President Dwight Eisenhower.