President Joe Biden’s best buddies inside and outside of his administration have come out swinging on the New York Times after they dared to publish an editorial that criticizes the president for the absurdly high number of executive orders he’s produced in his first week in office.
The editorial board for the NYT published a piece that slammed Biden for trying to shove his agenda through dozens of executive actions in the week following his inauguration, rather than attempting to work with Congress to get things passed into law. The reason for the criticism is because all the things Biden accomplishes through executive order can be undone by the next president.
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The editorial board, in a piece titled “Ease Up on the Executive Actions, Joe,” writes:
But this is no way to make law. A polarized, narrowly divided Congress may offer Mr. Biden little choice but to employ executive actions or see his entire agenda held hostage. These directives, however, are a flawed substitute for legislation. They are intended to provide guidance to the government and need to work within the discretion granted the executive by existing law or the Constitution. They do not create new law — though executive orders carry the force of law — and they are not meant to serve as an end run around the will of Congress. By design, such actions are more limited in what they can achieve than legislation, and presidents who overreach invite intervention by the courts.
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield hit back at the Times on Thursday morning, accusing them of hypocrisy and asserting that the White House is working with Congress on some legislation.
“As the NYT ed board criticizes President Biden this am for taking swift executive action to reverse the most egregious actions of the Trump Admin, I can’t help but recall that during the primary they encouraged voters to consider what a president could accomplish through [executive action],” Bedingfield wrote in Twitter. “So my question is which actions that the President took to reverse Donald Trump’s executive orders would they have liked to see him not pursue?”
“Of course we are also pursuing our agenda through legislation. It’s why we are working so hard to get the American Rescue Plan passed, for starters!” Bedingfield went on to add.
John Anzalone, a Biden campaign pollster stated that the editorial board is out of touch with average Americans. And yes, he’s correct about this, but not because they slammed Biden for too many executive actions. But because they want to see our republic trashed and replaced with something made in the image of Marx.
“It’s tough being so high up in the ivory tower. You can’t really make sound judgment because you can’t see the ground,” Anzalone said to Politico.
Another former Biden campaign official also spoke with Politico about the NYT piece saying, “Unfortunately, the New York Times editorial board is often a barometer for where not to be, provided you want to win elections in real life instead of on Beltway Twitter. There are some in the progressive movement who increasingly define themselves — sometimes intentionally — by embracing attitudes and positions that needlessly alienate gettable voters. It’s incredibly destructive to the causes we fight for.”
If you’re a Democrat and you thought that you’d be able to speak your mind freely because you’re on the “same team” as Biden, you better think again.
The Democratic Party wants groupthink. If you dare to stray from the pre-approved talking points and message of the party, you’ll be punished severely. Just like the NYT. And worse.