When President Joe Biden finally took the oath of office on January 20, he inherited not only the White House, the nuclear codes, and the reins of the world’s most powerful government, but also a mess.
The fact of this chaos wasn’t all that unusual. In the past few decades, it has become a trend for Republicans who don’t believe the government can work to spend their years breaking power to fulfill their own prophecy. It is then up to the Democrats to spend their years repairing what the Republicans have destroyed.
But Biden’s chaos is slightly bigger than the chaos inherited by his Democratic predecessors Barack Obama and Bill Clinton after other disastrous Republican governments. The increased difficulty is partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the numerous crises it has sparked, from the continued spread of the virus to the imminent collapse of the economy. But these are fires that the Biden government, together with the Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate, can put out – and begin to extinguish – without the consent of the Republican Party. The $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March has already begun to bring relief to American bank accounts, and the government’s mass vaccination efforts are expected to return glimmers of normality by July. If there is one message the Biden government seems to be pushing in the first few months of its term, it is that the government is working.
Where the cleanup gets complicated depends on the laws and standards we have put in place to keep our system working. While previous Republican governments tried to break the government, Donald Trump tried to break democracy. He did so boldly and boldly, attacking elections, and he did it less boldly but no less boldly, working with Mitch McConnell to take over the unelected branch of government that makes the rules for everyone else: federal justice. This branch is now full of conservative ideologues disguising themselves as lawyers.
When Trump took office in 2017, McConnell’s systematic disability from Obama’s judiciary nominees inherited 108 federal court positions. Over the next four years, he appointed 226 judges, including three US Supreme Court judges, 54 US appeals court judges, and 174 US district court judges. Representing just over a quarter of the Bundesbank, these judges helped flip entire federal appeals courts – including the Third Circuit (which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands) and the 11th Circuit (which covers Florida, Georgia). and Alabama) – from Democratic to Republican control. Trump has also, of course, reshaped the Supreme Court, transforming it from an institution split between Conservatives and Liberals between 4 and 4 to one dominated by Conservatives between 6 and 3.