Since the start of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration, comparisons to his predecessor former President Donald Trump have been inevitable, notably from conservatives. The official Twitter account of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, for example, shared a meme that in contrast the 2 presidents’ information.
The meme said: “Trump took down ISIS. Biden took down Dr Suess and Mr Potato Head.”
While Huckabee’s official account did tweet this meme, its contents are exaggerated, false, and deceptive. We’ll break them down under:
Did Trump Take Down ISIS?
This broad assertion doesn’t have in mind the numerous areas the Islamic State group (IS) has been working in, and its always evolving standing. Trump had already declared that IS was defeated on Dec. 19, 2018. Just underneath a yr into Trump’s administration, IS had lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria, although this was a continuation of the American effort towards IS underneath Obama. The period of IS underneath Abu Bakr al Baghdadi ended together with his loss of life in a U.S. raid in northern Syria on Oct. 26, 2019.
But by October 2020, stories had emerged of a surge in IS assaults in areas of Africa, the place the group was trying a comeback. Officials and consultants largely agreed that the group was nonetheless alive however had merely shifted its operations to different elements of the world.
The declare that Trump has taken down all of IS is due to this fact false.
Did Biden Take Down Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head?
The comparability may be very deceptive. Biden himself was not accountable for the adjustments instituted relating to Mr. Potato Head’s identify. In late-February 2020, Hasbro, the toy firm behind Mr. Potato Head, introduced that it could be dropping “Mr.” from Potato Head. The firm clarified that whereas Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head would nonetheless be bought in shops, they’d promote a brand new playset within the fall with out the Mr. and Mrs. designations. Pinning this on Biden appears greater than somewhat far-fetched.
Dr. Seuss has additionally been dealing with his personal controversy, after some Virginia colleges stated they’d be de-emphasizing finding out his books on Read Across America Day, which fell on March 2, the writer’s birthday. His books have been reevaluated as the corporate that manages his legacy announced it would not be publishing six of his works that contained racist and insensitive imagery. And in his speech on Read Across America Day, Biden did not mention Dr. Seuss, despite the fact that his predecessors Trump and Obama made references to the famed writer of their speeches.
Ultimately, evaluating a president’s purported takedown of a global militant group carried out over a four-year time period to a president who’s barely two months into workplace for takedowns of cultural icons that he was not likely accountable for is fake and deceptive. We fee this declare as “Mostly False.”