Prosecution: Biden said dictators use executive orders, and he has issued 32
President Joe Biden ran his presidential campaign based on the fundamental promise that he would be a completely different leader from Donald Trump. In line with this, after his inauguration on January 20, the Biden administration was dismantling Trump’s policies.
Since taking office, Biden has signed over 40 executive orders and actions With focus areas ranging from healthcare to economics.
Some requests are like Repeal Trump’s ban on transgender people from joining the military, Back off from the previous administration. Many other matters related to the coronavirus are limited to reinforcing the goals of the new administration.
Biden A large number of executive orders There was opposition from conservatives, both against the number of orders issued and the president’s previous quotes on them.
For example, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sean Hannity, Fox News’ character, both mistakenly quote Biden in trying to use his words against him. The incorrect quote was captured in viral social media posts also comparing executive orders between Biden and his predecessors.
Facebook One Mail It shows a graph of the last five presidents and the number of executive orders they signed during their first week in office, which would be Jan.20-27 each. Below is a quote attributed to Biden: “You cannot (legislate) by executive order unless you are a dictator.”
a Similar post He says Biden signed 37 executive orders in his first week, Barack Obama signed nine and Trump signed five. There is also a quote attributed to Biden that says, “Only a dictator legislates with executive orders!”
USA TODAY has reached both users for comment.
Let’s look at both the numbers and the respective quote.
Biden’s first week of executive orders compared to previous presidents
Biden is now signed More than 40 executive commands, actions, and memos Each has a different strength and purpose – during his first few weeks in office. who are they, 29 executive ordersAccording to the Federal Register.
The first post, citing a NBC News source, compares Biden’s orders to four former presidents; The second post includes the Obama and Trump roster only.
Their first week in office, Trump Signed five Orders, Obama Signed fiveGeorge W. Bush Zero occurred And Bill Clinton Zero occurred. In Biden’s first week Signed 24 executive ordersAll according to the Federal Register.
The Federal Register publishes proposed regulations, rules, and notices of interest to the public every day of the week.
On top of Biden’s 29 orders, he signed 14 announcements and notesThis brings the total number of enforcement actions to 43 as of February 8.
Both positions were slightly different in the final numbers of executive orders that Biden and other former presidents signed in their first week in office.
Executive orders are planned
It should be noted that Biden has campaigned outright on a promise to sign executive orders – aimed at reversing Trump’s policies and tackling the coronavirus – if elected.
For example, the orders Biden signed on climate action fulfill the campaign promise that still lives Their websiteOn the first day, Biden will sign a series of new executive orders of unprecedented reach that go far beyond the Obama and Biden administration platform and put us on the right track.
Of the signed actions, 18 were reflections For Trump administration policy.
What did Biden really say about executive orders and dictators?
Prominent conservatives expressed their opposition to Biden’s use of executive orders and actions, and tried to use his own words against him.
On its January 26 presentation, Hannity saidBiden signed a record number of executive orders during his first week but only three months ago, according to Biden himself. This is something that only a dictator can do.
And in the Senate, McConnell said“As recently as October, incumbent President Biden said you can’t legislate through enforcement unless you are a dictator. Well, in one week, there have been more than 30 unilateral actions.”
Biden’s comment about executive orders and dictators from October City Hall Hosted by ABC News.
The complete quote was in defense of his tax plan, following a comment from host George Stephanopoulos. “So there won’t be any delay in raising taxes?” He asked, citing Biden’s plans to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy and Biden’s answer to previous questions.
Biden replied, “No, well, I have to get the votes. I have to get the votes. That’s why – you know, the only thing I have – I have this strange idea. We’re a Democrat. Some of my Republican friends even some of my Democratic friends say sometimes,” “Well, if you can’t get the votes, then you’re going to do something with an executive order.” Things you can only do with an executive order. We are a democracy. We need a consensus. “
Biden’s comment was not about the use of executive orders in general, but rather related to the use of executive orders to enact what he said he believed should require approval from Congress.
The quote has been misrepresented to indicate that he thinks using executive orders in general is a bad thing.
Our verdict: missing context
The claims in the post are categorized as Missing Context. Biden signed more executive orders – 29 orders, 14 declarations and memos – in the first weeks of his presidency compared to previous presidents, but the quote in question has been left out of context. Biden’s comment about executive orders and dictators came in response to a question about his tax plan and how he thinks some legislation requires support from Congress, which means presidents should avoid using executive orders in those situations.
Our sources for fact-checking:
- North Jersey, July 11, 2019 “Executive action versus executive order: what’s the difference?”
- Yahoo News, Jan.28, McConnell mistakenly quotes Biden in an attempt to criticize his impulsiveness in issuing executive orders.
- Politifact, Jan.28 Biden has not admitted he “governs like a dictator.”
- ABC News, October 15, 2020 “Read the full text of Joe Biden’s ABC News Building.”
- Fox News on January 26 Graham: Legal Impeachment ‘Danger to Democracy’“
- Biden Harris campaign, Biden’s Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice
- CNN on February 2 These are the enforcement actions Biden has signed so far“
- USA Today, February 2, Here are all the executive orders that President Joe Biden has signed so far“
- USA Today, January 29 Backing out on Trump’s policies and other things Biden made his first week as president“
- USA Today, 25 January “Biden cancels the ban on transgender people in the military.”“
- Federal Register, 2021 Joe Biden executive orders
- The Federal Register, 2017 Donald Trump Executive Orders
- Federal Register, 2009 Barack Obama Executive Orders
- The Federal Register2001 George W. Bush Executive Orders
- Federal Register, 1994 William J. Clinton Executive
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