After a chaotic 2020 campaign and a deadly lame duck period rife with disinformation, President Joe Biden was sworn into office on January 20th, becoming the 46th President of the United States.
Biden immediately issued over a dozen executive orders to offset some of the policies implemented by former President Donald Trump, such as recommitting the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement and ordering non-citizens to be included in the Census.
Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn't pleased, accusing Biden in a tweet of "tearing down everything President Donald Trump did" and "erasing everything he achieved."
President Joe Biden began his term tearing down everything President Donald Trump did – erasing everything he achie… https://t.co/0AvQyEPukm— Newt Gingrich (@Newt Gingrich)1611500700.0
Gingrich's tweet linked to an op-ed he penned, which criticized Biden for supposedly breaking his pledge to unify the country.
According to Gingrich:
"Hours after giving his excellent inaugural speech, President Biden went to the White House and signed 17 executive orders – including more than a dozen which totally contradict his pledge of bipartisanship, unity, and finding common ground."
Trump's average approval rating in office never rose above 50 percent, and his popularity saw a precipitous drop after his lies regarding the 2020 election incited a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of at least five people.
Given that Trump lost the 2020 election by millions of votes, it's safe to say that many of the policies Biden revoked weren't popular from the outset.
People were quick to remind Gingrich of Trump's so-called achievements.
Sure, but only if you consider the Muslim ban, the separation of kids from their parents, banning transgender peopl… https://t.co/40p7wP0jRM— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1611556304.0
@newtgingrich Newt, let's talk about those "accomplishments" https://t.co/YYSd6RLALE— Mike 😷 Hamm (@Mike 😷 Hamm)1611500768.0
@newtgingrich Because very little of it benefited Americans and most Americans didn’t support it. That’s why.— Optimistic Patriot (@Optimistic Patriot)1611574888.0
They reminded Gingrich that much of Trump's presidency was aimed at undoing the policies of former President Barack Obama, such as the Affordable Care Act.
@newtgingrich Trump did that to Obama. Biden is trying to reverse the harm Trump did with his hatred of Obama. Even… https://t.co/ubCX3MqVyY— Steve Rhodes (@Steve Rhodes)1611524686.0
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm... You mean kinda like erasing all of Obama's accomplishments between golf outings 4 years ago...??… https://t.co/pbJZoAZoAV— CitizensFedUp (@CitizensFedUp)1611575727.0
@newtgingrich Did I miss you saying the same thing about 45 trying to eradicate everything Obama did because he's p… https://t.co/ZR4p27RZXO— Christina, mother of spiders ✊🦇👻🤘🐍 (@Christina, mother of spiders ✊🦇👻🤘🐍)1611548665.0
Classic projection from the Trumpists. It's their guy who was obsessed with 'tearing down everything' that Obama ha… https://t.co/NOrwsFt7k3— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1611552408.0
Others reminded Gingrich how democracy works.
“Elections have consequences” https://t.co/NroZtVta6q— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1611556486.0
@newtgingrich Which is what the American populace voted for him to do. It’s called democracy, you know that thing… https://t.co/VHeWdFHoUk— Paul Laver (@Paul Laver)1611515575.0
@newtgingrich It's called "winning the election".— Sam Litzinger (@Sam Litzinger)1611582609.0
In his latest order of business, Biden revoked Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.