The younger administration of President Joe Biden has already prompted untimely comparisons to the transformative Democratic presidency of FDR. When it comes to the present Center East disaster, nevertheless, Biden’s actions have been extra harking back to different presidents—Trump, George W. Bush, take your decide.
However simply attempt telling that to any Republican politician.
The preferred and efficient GOP assault in opposition to Biden has lengthy been that he’s a puppet of the Radical Socialist Left. To listen to Fox Information or Ted Cruz inform it, Biden is in utter lockstep with Inexperienced New Deal architect and Medicare for All proponent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—regardless of their many public disagreements. Nevertheless, as Israel’s present techniques at combating Hamas in Gaza have generated an unprecedentedly seen backlash amongst progressive reps like AOC and Rashida Tlaib, not to point out in the pundit class, the distinction with Joe Biden couldn’t be extra stark.
Because the disaster in Gaza, which has resulted in heavy casualties for Palestinian civilians, drags on into its second week, Biden has remained steadfast in his unique help of Israel. He hasn’t even bothered with any “It’s difficult!”-style equivocating, as a substitute choosing repeated statements that emphasize Israel’s “proper to defend itself,” with out ever weighting in on whether or not Palestinians have the identical proper. Actually, simply this week, the Biden administration bought $753 million more worth of weapons to Israel, on high of the billions in the U.S. budget for 2021 already allotted towards supporting Israel.
Amidst a disaster that really appears to have shifted the domestic perception of the U.S.’s support of Israel, Biden’s unwavering dedication to Israel has not solely disenchanted however disenchanted many progressives, together with the creator of this submit. But when Biden’s response is a calculated sop to conservatives, who stay equally constant about Israel’s inherent infallibility, conservatives refuse to acknowledge it as such.
The GOP refusing to acknowledge this actuality shouldn’t be a lot of a shock, although. After all, they don’t. It’s their literal mandate to keep away from the looks of being remotely glad or in settlement with something Joe Biden does.
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, the patron saint of bipartisanship, just lately admitted “One-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration,” echoing an analogous statement he made at the start of Barack Obama’s presidency. This week, the Republicans unequivocally proved their dedication to opposing Biden, even after they’re in settlement with him. If it takes just a little mendacity so as to get the purpose throughout, so be it.
On Wednesday, Could 19, the GOP leaders held a press convention, a transcript of which might be discovered here. Under is only a sampling of what Republican senators had to say about how Joe Biden is dealing with the “battle” in Israel:
Marsha Blackburn: “I can assure that every certainly one of us assembled right here is keen to pledge our unequivocal help to Israel. Now the Biden administration ought to be keen to do the identical factor.”
Jerry Moran: “We’re sending a message to the Biden Administration that it is crucial that they do what’s morally appropriate and what’s in the very best curiosity of america, which is in help of Israel in these troublesome and difficult instances.”
Okay, he already did that. Now what? A number of different senators had some goalpost-moving solutions that ignore what Biden has already mentioned.
Rick Scott: “Biden has to get a spine. He has to get up for American allies. He doesn’t have a spine proper now. What’s he want to do? Cease speaking to Iran. State-sponsored terrorism, don’t discuss to them. Cease giving cash to the Palestinians and get up for the best ally we now have within the Center East, Israel.”
Different GOP senators are equally, preemptively mad about the opportunity of Biden altering his place after receiving extra info, skipping the step the place they ever acknowledge that at this second, Biden seems to be precisely on their facet.
Tom Cotton: “Joe Biden’s been quickly caving to the left this week. He began out by saying he helps Israel’s proper to defend itself. Then it grew to become, he supports a ceasefire. Then his aide mentioned, ‘Well, he talked really tough to Benjamin Netanyahu.’ At present, he mentioned he expects a big de-escalation from Israel. Joe Biden, fairly quickly, it’s going to be supporting a decision to block arm gross sales to Israel.”
It takes a sure type of inhumanity to have a look at Biden’s trajectory this week and describe it as “caving to the left,” however the GOP has that high quality in spades.
In the meantime, Senator Mike Lee may solely supply a nonsensical comparability to the movie The Princess Bride, which prompted Ted Cruz to add: “for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be supporting Hamas [terrorists] over Israel ought to be inconceivable.”
You couldn’t ask for a greater method to illuminate how the GOP conception of Joe Biden is rooted in fantasy. If for some purpose they wanted an instance, nevertheless, these senators have already confirmed to be execs at conjuring speaking factors from skinny air.