(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — President Joe Biden outlined the major issues he intends to tackle during his presidency and made mention that healing the deep political divides that have fractured the nation is among his top priorities.
Due to former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged and “stolen” from him, 77 percent of Trump supporters believe that Biden only won due to fraud. No evidence has been uncovered or verified that supports the claims.
Thomas Edsall, a veteran political journalist and professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, told ABC News, “[Biden’s] ability to maneuver between a rock and a hard place will be the test of his presidency… How is it possible to govern when such a large number of voters believe that the election was stolen?”
With Democrats securing a small majority in the House and an even slimmer lead in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote — a balance of power has been given to President Biden. That majority can change, however, during the next midterm elections.
Other divides President Biden faces is healing fissures within the Democratic Party, as progressive ideas clash with more traditional values.
Dr. Cornel West, a professor of African American studies at Harvard University, supported Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for president and expressed “suspicion” of President Biden’s incoming cabinet.
“We’ve got to raise our voices to make sure that the accountability is real. … we have to be associated with organizations that bring pressure to bear on not just Biden, not just Harris — on the whole, Democratic Party that is still very much shaped by its corporate wing,” he said, singling out the lobbying and corporate ties some of President Biden’s staff may have. “I just hope we don’t move from a neo-fascist version of greed and lies to a neo-liberal version of greed and lies.”