There is a difference between Biden calling for unity as an opening theme and instantly conceding to Senate Republicans who have shown zero evidence of being willing to make a deal. — Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian
There is a difference between Biden calling for unity as an opening theme and instantly conceding to Senate Republicans who have shown zero evidence of being willing to make a deal. — Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian
Republicans are arguing that Biden violates his call for unity unless he pushes policies they like
  • Bringing a sense of unity to US politics was a central theme of President Joe Biden's inaugural address.
  • Now that he's working to implement his campaign promises, the GOP says Biden is undermining that call.
  • Critics say the GOP is misconstruing what Biden meant by "unity," and asking the president to abandon his agenda.
After broadly endorsing Trump's anti-democratic effort to overturn the election, Republicans are generally putting the onus of unifying the country entirely on Biden. Critics say the GOP is being disingenuous, and skirting accountability over the Capitol riot earlier this month.

"If they'll work with him, he will work with them," John D. Podesta, who was White House chief of staff under the Clinton administration and counselor to President Barack Obama, told the New York Times. "But it doesn't mean throw out your core program. And if he says, 'I think you went too far in cutting taxes on the wealthy,' and they say, 'Well, that means you're not serious about unity,' that's just a joke."

"The offense by the Republicans is to go out and say 'well we're gonna do unity, but we're gonna do unity on our terms. And anything that's not, well that ain't unity,'" former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said on MSNBC Thursday. "What Joe Biden has to do now is go, 'no, that's not how we do this'".

"There is a difference between Biden calling for unity as an opening theme and instantly conceding to Senate Republicans who have shown zero evidence of being willing to make a deal," Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian, tweeted on Thursday.


"The burden is on [Sen. Mitch McConnell], particularly after a GOP incited insurrection," Zelizer added.

... Based on Biden's framing, unity does not necessitate being on the same page on major issues at all times, but it does require a basic consensus to keep the peace even when people don't see eye-to-eye.
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