Opponents claim the president is returning to his center-ground comfort zone, and their ire is especially directed at him for refusing to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. In Manassas, Virginia, Joe Biden was hosting his first rally of the year to advocate for abortion rights, a major issue for Democrats in this year’s race, in front of a massive banner that read, “Restore Roe.”
However, Biden did not get the widespread support he had previously anticipated. Protesters dispersed across the audience interrupted his 22-minute speech at least a dozen times, raising their voices to call for an end to hostilities in Gaza. The president who is accused of befriending and then betraying the left was exposed in a startling collision, and he now faces the possibility of losing a significant portion of his coalition.
Biden shocked his progressive wing early in his White House term by signing historic legislation to combat poverty and address the climate crisis, which made the disillusionment all the more acute. However, detractors claim that Netanyahu is returning to his center-ground comfort zone in anticipation of the election, and their indignation stems from his failure to demand a ceasefire in Gaza.
Usamah Andrabi, communications director of the progressive organization Justice Democrats, said, “Progressives in the movement were pleasantly surprised to see President Biden push on a lot of domestic progressive priorities that we have been calling for.” “But he has undoubtedly undone a lot of that progress by continuing to support a genocide being carried out by the far-right Israeli government.”
Biden, 81 years old, was long regarded as a moderate middle-of-the-roader who served as Barack Obama’s vice president after 36 years in the Senate representing Delaware. His cozy ties with the banking industry, his involvement in the creation of the 1994 crime bill that marked the beginning of mass imprisonment, and his inability to shield witness Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearing before the Supreme Court all brought him under fire.
Biden Turned Out To Be More Ambitious
However, Biden turned out to be more ambitious than many had anticipated once he was elected president in 2021. Along with several judges of color, he selected progressives to his administration, making it the most diverse in history. Among them was Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. After twenty years, he earned more recognition from the anti-war left after US forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan.
He was given the chance to convert adversity into opportunity by the coronavirus pandemic. Trillions of dollars were provided by Biden to address the climate catastrophe, expand infrastructure, and support domestic industry. It became clear that he had supported trade unions his entire life. The headline of a Wall Street Journal piece suggested that Joe Biden would effectively run as a democratic socialist for reelection in 2024.
However, there were traces of unhappiness. Some commentators believed that Biden could have achieved his goal of universal student loan forgiveness via different means—a scheme that was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court. It was disappointing that he did not make better use of his bully pulpit to pressure Congress into passing laws pertaining to voting rights and police reform. The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who gave his approval to the 2018 death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, was also criticized for Biden’s fist bumping.
Critics claim that his record is still distinctly uneven when it comes to climate. The largest-ever investment in clean energy, $394 billion, is directed toward renewable energy under the Inflation Reduction Act. Additionally, last month, the president issued an order to halt LNG shipments, which author and campaigner Bill McKibben referred to as “a watershed moment.”
In a remote area of northern Alaska, the Willow oil-drilling project was authorized by Biden as well. He has, in fact, approved more licenses for oil and gas drilling on federal land than Donald Trump did at the same point in his administration. Last year, US oil production hit a record high.