Lindsey Graham slams Biden as ‘a very destabilizing president’ who wants to ‘regulate America out of business’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).

  • Sen. Graham slammed President Biden’s first few months in office, calling him a “destabilizing” leader.
  • “Economically, he’s throwing a wet blanket over the recovery,” Graham said of Biden.
  • The conservative senator also derided the president as “a disaster on foreign policy.”
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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Sunday blasted President Joe Biden, accusing him of being a “destabilizing” leader during his first 100 days in office.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham told host Chris Wallace that Biden started off his presidency straying away from the tone of his successful 2020 presidential campaign.

“During the campaign, he made us all believe Joe Biden would be the moderate choice … that court-packing was a bonehead idea,” Graham said. “All of a sudden we have a commission to change the structure of the Supreme Court. Making DC a state … I think that’s a very radical idea that will change the makeup of the United States Senate.”

He added: “AOC [Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York] said his first 100 days exceeded her expectations. That’s all you need to know.”

Graham quickly laced into Biden’s overall performance.

“I think he’s been a very destabilizing president,” Graham said. “And economically, he’s throwing a wet blanket over the recovery, wanting to raise taxes in a large amount and regulate America basically out of business, so I’m not very impressed with the first 100 days.”

Biden supports raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent to fund his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure bill, but he is open to negotiations with GOP lawmakers.

Read more: This millennial GOP congressman voted to impeach Trump. Now he’s trying to save his party from going off a cliff.

The conservative senator then derided the president as “a disaster on foreign policy.”

“The border is in chaos, the Iranians are off the map, he’s opening up negotiations with the Iranian regime and they haven’t done a d— thing to change,” he said. “Afghanistan’s going to fall apart. Russia and China are already pushing him around, so I’m very worried.”

Republicans have criticized the Biden administration’s immigration policies, including their approach to housing the unaccompanied minors who have fled to the US-Mexico border in recent months.

Conservatives have also cast doubt on Biden’s timetable to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, along with his long-term approach for dealing with Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China.

As Biden approaches his 100th day in office, a new Fox News poll shows Biden with a 54 percent job approval rating, while 43 percent disapproved of the president’s performance.

Graham expressed that he was in the latter category.

“I like Joe Biden, but I’m in the 43 percent,” he said.

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Biden boasts record approval rating among young Americans, poll says

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden speaks during an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • President Biden has a 63% approval rating among young voters, according to a Harvard poll.
  • Biden also boasts a 59% job approval rating among voters aged 18 to 29.
  • Since the president’s election, minority Americans have seen a surge in hopefulness for the future.
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President Joe Biden boasts a 63% approval rating among young Americans aged 18 to 29, according to a new poll released by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, which represents the highest figure for any president in the survey’s 21-year history.

The Institute’s data revealed that among Biden’s predecessors, then-President Donald Trump’s highest approval rating among young voters peaked at 33% in 2019, with then-President Barack Obama reaching 57% approval in 2016 and then-President George W. Bush with a 61% approval rating in 2003.

The Harvard Youth Poll showed that 59% of Americans aged 18 to 29 approve of Biden’s overall job performance.

Biden received positive marks on a range of issues, including his handling of the coronavirus pandemic (65% approval) and the economy (53% approval), along with climate change (58% approval), national security (52% approval), education (58% approval), and race relations (57% approval).

The president’s surge in favorability is a stark contrast to the Harvard poll from last spring, when only 34% of young American adults viewed him favorably.

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The poll also reflected the renewed optimism that younger Americans now have compared to 2017, during Trump’s first full year office. That fall, only 31% of young Americans were hopeful about the country’s future – 56% of young Americans are now hopeful, a huge turnaround.

The change even more dramatic for young Black and Hispanic Americans.

In 2017, only 18% of young Black Americans said they were hopeful about the country. That figure has skyrocketed to 72% in the new survey.

Among young Hispanic Americans, 29% expressed hope for the future in 2017, a number which climbed to 69% in the latest poll.

Young Black Americans gave Biden a 77% job approval rating in the poll, followed by young Hispanic Americans with 70% approval and young white Americans with a 48% approval rating.

Similar to older adults, variations in Biden’s approval rating due to geographic differences were evident in the poll.

While 69% of young Americans living in urban areas and 60% in the suburbs gave a thumbs up to Biden’s job performance, the numbers declined to 51% approval among young Americans in small towns and 42% approval for young Americans in rural areas.

The Harvard Youth poll was conducted between March 9 and March 22 with 2,513 Americans aged 18 to 29.

The margin of error for the overall sample was 2.6 percentage points.

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