Joe Biden is proving progressives wrong. And they're loving it.

President Biden is proving progressives wrong. And they're loving it.

4/30/2021 5:09:00 PM

President Biden is proving progressives wrong. And they're loving it.

'Biden has been incredibly responsive to the progressive movement,' said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a first-term Democrat from the New York City area.

. They like his $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal. They're pleasantly surprised with his personnel decisions, particularly the hiring of Klain and the shunning of moderate Democratic White House veterans like Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel.

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"I don't think they would have been better if Bernie Sanders was the president," Larry Cohen, a former union leader who chairs the Sanders-aligned group Our Revolution, said of Biden's staffing decisions."The question will be the tenacity," he said."These are the best proposals you could ever expect, but the question will be fighting for those things."

Biden's first 100 days have mostly been praised by a movement that was skeptical to outright antagonistic about his candidacy, according to more than 20 progressive lawmakers, strategists and activists who spoke to NBC News about the key relationship poised to define his presidency.

For some, the bar was low, so clearing it wasn't hard.April 29, 202103:40And criticisms remain, including reservations about issues like immigration and creating a $15-an-hour minimum wage, which progressives say Biden hasn't pushed hard enough on.

Some say his opposition to legalizing recreational marijuana and his stance on eliminating student debt, which he has resisted doing unilaterally, are wrong.But progressives admit that their biggest fears haven't been borne out and that Biden, a 78-year-old institutionalist, sees them as an ally and is willing to listen to them in a way Barack Obama and Bill Clinton didn't.

"What's clear is that we have a negotiating partner in the White House," said Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn."It's also clear that there are areas where the administration is going to need outside pressure to do the right thing."Lessons learned

Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who was Biden's progressive rival in the Democratic primaries, praised Biden for having"recognized the enormous crises facing this country and the degree to which people have been suffering as a result of a pandemic."

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"He has bold ideas, I think, for infrastructure, for climate change," Sanders said in an interview."And he understands also that at a time when so many people have lost faith in government and we're seeing a rise in authoritarianism that it is absolutely imperative that we develop policies where people see that government can work for them. I think he understands that, and that's pretty big."

The White House and progressive activists agree that the"unity task force" Biden and Sanders set up to hammer out policy goals after Biden won the presidential nomination last year was essential."We have the most narrow margins anybody could possibly have in the House or the Senate, but we have a much more cohesive party than in 2009," said Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Biden who held a senior role in the Obama White House.

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He is more Progressive than the moderates would appreciate but here's the thing he's no Bernie Sanders he isn't trying to regulate the banks he isn't taking on Wall Street he hasn't taken on pharmaceutical companies nor is he pushing for universal healthcare. FACT CHECK: Progressives actually hate Biden.

🤮 I mean I hate libs and progs but this is hilarious. At least Bernie is anti-war. And eventually his progressive push will prove conservatives right. Japan as evil country in the world : *Militarism *Nanjing Massacre *731 *The Japanese forced women into military service *Sneak attack on Pearl Harbor *Minamata Bay mercury pollution event *Contaminated Fukushima waters into the Pacific Ocean damage all human *Be an American dog

You forgot his mask Did you actually talk to any progressives about this? Evidently you don’t know what progressives are

The Big Biden Policy Idea Nobody (Not Even Joe Biden) Is DiscussingIt could mean health insurance for 4 million low-income Americans, but somebody needs to demand that it happen. and then we all need to pay I demand it! In fact, I insist upon it. I thought we already had it? What was the AFC all about? What a joke.

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Fabricating consent, I see. Are you peeps for real? Cuz that shit is sounding like Comical Ali during Dessert Storm and more something one would expect from a state run 'news' media in a totalitarian regime, than what you pretend to be. GTFOH Yeah, thats a lie. LIAR'S literal fake news Nope! He doesn't prove them wrong because he cannot! Progressives are the future!

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The Big Biden Policy Idea Nobody (Not Even Joe Biden) Is DiscussingIt could mean health insurance for 4 million low-income Americans, but somebody needs to demand that it happen. . Researchers at Columbia University compared the Trump administration response to COVID-19 to the response of other nations and estimated that the ineffective strategy in the United States resulted in 130,000 to 210,000 needless deaths over less than a year.

What? Absolutely not. This is quite laughable. The “Progressive” label doesn’t means sh*t now that it’s been co-opted by the DNC You folks in corporate media are quite skilled at manufacturing consent with your Intelligence Community allies. You’ve had decades to perfect it. Nibbling around the edges won’t change anything.

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Jill Biden leading the way on community college tuition coverage, Biden saysPresident Joe Biden announced Wednesday evening that first lady Jill Biden is leading the way on education reform, such as a new proposal calling for free community college tuition for two years Free free free, why can't these marxists get it thru their socialist skulls that there's no such animal. You mean she’s not busying herself digging up rose garden or renovating a tennis court? when will folks learn that NOTHING is free! what he was saying was that someone other than the beneficiary would be paying for it

UNITED STATES, RUSSIA, CHINA, JAPAN, GERMANY, KINGDOM, UNITED, FRANCE, ISRAEL. YOUR ARMIES WILL SERVE ME 'I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING 'THAT HAS BEEN EXPLORED AND DELIVER IT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ALL. I HAVE HURRY' TIME IS LIFE. Idk why they’re showing black ppl in this drawing, he hasn’t wrote any executive laws for us or abolished qualified immunity yet.

you’re either misinformed or lying Biden is quietly turning into LBJ. Wild stuff. Drivel the kids locked up in the concentration camps wake up every day thanking 'tio biden'

Rep. McCarthy on Biden speech: This could've been an emailReacting to Pres. Biden's speech to Congress on Wednesday - which included Biden saying he's open to cooperation from Republicans - the top Republican in the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy used Twitter to dismiss the speech entirely. A.B. Stoddard joins to discuss. On one hand, he's mostly right. On the other hand, that's what ALL of these speeches are like and have been like since their inception. If he doesn't like the speeches now then he shouldn't have liked them before or after. They're all in this format. WOW...THIS CLOWNS AROGANCE AMAZES ME...I WOULD HATE TO BE ONE OF HIS SPAWN....

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Donald Trump Jr. Comes For Rep. Liz Cheney After She Fist-Bumps President BidenHe can't imagine people with disagreements being civil to each other. why why why are we still listening and reporting on these awful people clickbait I have several friends I disagree with politically. We can still have discussions and agree to disagree. Sometimes we learn from each other. More in Washington should try it.