If you believe Republican politicians and the conservative media universe, President Joe Biden
is on a mission to destroy the fabric of America, the very essence of what makes this country red, white, and blue.
Bid farewell to juicy hamburgers, Dr. Seuss, stay-at-home parenting, and Chik-fil-A sauce.
It has been difficult for Republicans
to portray Biden as a radical, despite the fact that he is a 78-year-old white man with a moderate bent who likes to say “folks.” Instead, both during the campaign and now, conservatives
have tried to portray him as being swayed by more progressive members of his party (who frequently happen to be younger women of color).
Conservatives frequently use scare tactics to persuade voters
that important aspects of their lives are in jeopardy. For example, they tried to persuade people
that same-sex marriage would destroy the entire institution of marriage for everyone, and they warned that Obamacare
would create "death
panels" and end health care
as we know it.
With Biden's presidency, the cultural critiques continue, some of which are silly, while others, such as pursuing transgender children
's rights, have real and serious consequences.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced on March 2 that it would discontinue publication of six books from the beloved author's catalog because they "portray people in hurtful and wrong ways."
In “If I Ran the Zoo
,” for example, there is a drawing of three Asian-looking men who Seuss refers to as “helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant.”
There are plenty of other Seuss books available, and Biden had nothing to do with the decision; however, conservatives tried to link him to the issue, noting that when he issued a presidential proclamation for Read Across America Day on March 1, he did not mention Seuss’ name, breaking with his two predecessors.
A Fox News
headline read, “Biden removes Dr. Seuss from 'Read Across America' proclamation as progressives
seek to oust beloved author.”
The proclamation was written by the Department of Education
, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki
, and it is especially important that “we ensure all children can see themselves represented and celebrated in the books that they read” as “we celebrate the love of reading and uplift diverse and representative authors.”
for Young Ladies
Perhaps no president in history has been as openly supportive of transgender rights
as Biden, but there is only so much he can do on the federal level to ensure equality without Congress
On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order on LGBTQ
equality, essentially reaffirming a Supreme Court
decision. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, locker room, or school sports,” one line of the order read.
Conservatives pounced on Biden, using the hashtag #BidenEraseWomen on Twitter
, claiming that the order "unilaterally eviscerates women's sports."
Instead, Republican-controlled state legislatures have been aggressively passing anti-transgender legislation, with more than 100 such bills introduced, and 33 states considering prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing on women's sports teams, with at least seven states now having such exclusionary laws.
Supporters of this type of legislation argue that transgender women have an unfair biological advantage and will make it impossible for other women to compete, despite the fact that no scientific evidence supports these claims.
Chik-fil-A is a fast-food restaurant chain in the United States
“Chik-fil-A is suffering from a sauce shortage, and you know why? Because of Joe Biden’s radical liberal policies,” said Oklahoma
Gov. Kevin Stitt
(R) in a campaign email.
Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) and Rep. Lauren Boebert
(R-Colo.) both tweeted about the sauce issue and blamed it on Biden.
Chik-fil-A announced earlier this month that some of its locations were “experiencing a shortage of select items, such as sauces” due to “industry-wide supply chain disruption.”
, along with other one-time events such as the Suez Canal blockage and the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline
, have caused shortages and disruptions in the global economy
. Biden is not to blame for the lack of sauce on chicken.
Parenting a Child at Home
Biden's proposed American Families Plan
would provide $1.8 trillion to families through investments in education, child care, and worker-friendly policies, including funding for universal pre-kindergarten and child care subsidies. Families earning up to 1.5 times the state median income would spend no more than 7% of their income on child care, while low-income families would spend no more than 3%.
Republicans slammed the plan as Biden's "attack
on stay-at-home parenting." One conservative writer
called it "the government bribing parents to turn over their children to the care of others." Another stated that "the question of 'how young is too young' when it comes to sending children to institutions of learning is decided, essentially, by the government."
Families would be able to stay at home with their children as they do now, but if they wanted to work, they would receive financial assistance.
Biden also wants to make the expanded child tax credit
payments permanent, which provide families with monthly checks of up to $300 per child and were part of the American Rescue Plan
, which was defeated by every Republican legislator.
Civic Education Classes
Conservatives have recently spoken out against seemingly innocuous bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in grants for more civics education, claiming that it would be used as a "Trojan horse" by the Biden administration
to indoctrinate students with a liberal agenda.
Much of the controversy revolves around a completely unrelated rule proposed by the Education Department with guidelines for a grant program for teaching U.S. history, which stated that programs should “reflect the diversity
, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students.” It also included a positive mention of The New York
Times’ “1619 Project,” which aimed to “reframe the country’s history.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) and his colleagues protested the rule in a letter to the Education Department on April
McConnell and other Republican senators expressed concern that the Biden administration's proposed rule would promote "divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda," as well as "racial ideologies meant to divide us."
Since its release in 2019, the award-winning “1619 Project” has served as a lightning rod for conservatives who oppose teaching the darker aspects of American history
During a congressional hearing, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated that school curricula are not set at the federal level, and that the federal civics bill expressly prohibits the implementation of a federal curriculum.
Burgers with a lot of flavor
Conservative media outlets and Republican politicians have repeatedly claimed that the Biden administration is attempting to outlaw beef. A Fox News graphic stated, "Up in your grill Biden's climate
requirements," implying that Americans would be limited to one burger per month.
On April 24, Boebert tweeted, “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?” A similar claim was picked up by conservatives including Donald Trump Jr
., Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC).
“Not only does Emperor Biden not want us to celebrate the Fourth of July, but he also does not want us to eat a burger on that day,” Cawthorn wrote on Twitter.
The Biden administration has not proposed limiting Americans' meat consumption; it is not on the policy agenda at all. According to CNN
, the conspiracy theory
stems from a misleading Daily Mail
article headlined "Biden's climate plan could limit you to eating only one burger a MONTH."
Again, no such restrictions are proposed by Biden's climate plan.
Mr. Potato Head is an abbreviation for Mr.
On February 25, Hasbro announced that Mr. Potato Head would be rebranded as the more simple Potato Head “to better reflect the full line.” Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head would still be available and called Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and the company would launch “Create Your Potato Head Family” in recognition that families all look different.
Many conservatives were outraged, claiming that liberals had canceled Mr. Potato Head, and a social media
meme claimed that Biden had “stolen” the popular toy.
“Watch out, Mr. Potato Head, you’re next,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz
(R-Fla.) in a February speech. “I'm sorry, I think he's now going by Potato X. He can't be Mr. Potato.”
Biden has nothing to do with the Potato Head franchise, which should go without saying.
Wings de poulet
Chicken wings and dipping sauce shortages are "new under Biden," according to Newsmax
Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) also tweeted about the chicken wing shortage, with the caption "Joe Biden's America."
According to Vox, the current chicken wing shortage in the country is the result of “a combination of rising prices to meet demand and damaged flocks from the record cold temperatures that swept across America’s heartland.”
The National Chicken Council also mentions severe winter weather and power outages in key states such as Texas.
Notably, experts do not blame Biden, claiming that he has nothing to do with this.