Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell made up a fake quote from President Biden to attack him for signing executive orders to undo most of Donald Trump’s achievements while in office.
During an ABC News town hall with George Stephanopoulos before the November 2020 election, Biden said:
“I have this strange notion, we are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, ‘well if you can’t get the votes, by executive order you are going to do something,’ things you can’t do by executive order unless you are a dictator. We are a democracy. We need consensus.”
On the Senate floor on Thursday McConnell repeated a quote he saw on Hannity that took Biden’s words out of context and added the word “legislate”.
“As recently as October, now-President Biden said you can’t legislate by executive action unless you are a dictator. Well, in one week, he signed more than 30 unilateral actions,” McConnell said.
President Biden has signed more than 30 executive orders so far as he works to quickly get the country back on track after the last four years.
He has called for unity and bipartisanship on the campaign trial. His first real test would be to get the $1.9T COVID relief bill passed on a bipartisan majority vote. So far Republicans have indicated that they will not support the measure and top Senate Democrats have signaled that they will move ahead without Republican support.