In his inaugural address yesterday, President Joe Biden called on the country to heal its divisions and unite – but some conservatives say his actions and Democrats' accusations might make that an impossible task.
In his first speech as president of the United States, Biden appealed to Americans to come together to meet what he called a "moment of crisis and challenge":
Biden: "To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity."
Gary Bauer of American Values says both sides of the political aisle may be able to agree on some issues – for example, neither mainstream Republicans nor moderate Democrats see violence as the solution to political problems. But it's a pipe dream, he argues, to think that common ground can be found on the most important issue to evangelical conservatives.
"When Biden promotes abortion, as he will certainly do, he may say he's president of all of us – including the 75-million of us, at least, who are pro-life," Bauer shares. "But he will only be advancing public policy that satisfies those who are not pro-life."
In fact, National Review reports Biden will soon issue an executive order reversing what's come to be known as the "Mexico City policy," which prevents U.S. aid money from funding groups the perform or promote abortion around the world. That policy, notes the report, "has flip-flopped back and forth" depending on the political party of the person who sits in the Oval Office.
Bauer predicts evangelicals won't have a seat at the table on other important issues as well.
"He, in fact, will present and push and implement policy ideas that will only satisfy those on the left side of the political spectrum – and he'll do that on life, religious liberty, on marriage, on a host of other issues," he tells One News Now.
In short, Bauer says it will be literally impossible for America to unite. "I'm just not sure that anything is going to unite the country until one side has completely and finally and totally won – and has basically suppressed the other side of the debate," he concludes.
Bauer isn't alone in questioning whether Biden will be able to bring the unity he says is so elusive. Laura Ingraham on Fox News Wednesday night asked: "How is a nation supposed to unite when one side is essentially calling the other side systemically racist and evil?"
In fact, she argued that Biden is "too weak" to stand up to the "Marxists" in his own party – some of them members of Congress who stood on the floor of their chamber and accused Trump of being a "white supremacist."