Rubio Notes Hypocrisy in Biden Executive Order over Border

Rubio Notes Hypocrisy in Biden Executive Order over Border

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
April 12, 2024

The Biden Administration is considering issuing an executive order to stem the flow of illegal migrants pouring in over the southern border. In a recent appearance on Fox News's Faulkner Focus, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) noted that such a move would acknowledge that former President Donald Trump was right all along, "So I think they are trying to figure out how they can thread that needle without admitting [it]."

In a recent interview with Univision, President Biden suggested the White House was "examining whether or not I have that power" to shut down the border without Congressional action. However, he expected potential challenges by the Supreme Court, and there was "no guarantee" he could do so.

Sen. Rubio countered on Fox, "[Biden] can do executive orders. He always can, because there [were] Trump's executive orders that were in place. On the day he took over, [Biden] repealed them, in addition to announcing he would not be deporting anybody, and all he has to do is go back to that, but now he is trapped because to do that would be to admit that Trump was right."

Moreover, this is an election year, and Biden is running against Trump, making the situation even more untenable for the President because "it means going to war with another element of his left-wing base and the open borders crowd... and so I think that they are trying to figure out how they can thread that needle without admitting Trump was right," Sen. Rubio continued.

In January, Rubio made similar comments to The Floridian that Biden could solve the border crisis through executive order since the border crisis "all started when Biden took over, literally in January is when you see the spike happened. He encouraged people to come."

Rubio is not the first Florida Republican to make the claim, as Representative Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) said in February, "Look, at the end of the day, this is really the President's deal, and the President can resolve this crisis with the stroke of a pen, [he] snapped his fingers, and he can do it because he created it with the stroke of a pen."

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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