It's not going to be easy for Biden to clean the place up, especially because Trump spent his presidency packing the federal government with Republicans eager to undermine the missions of the agencies they led.
Shortly before Joe Biden took the oath as the President of the United States, several of Trump's appointees quit, including his Cabinet secretaries. But despite the mass walkout, some of his "most notorious" appointees stayed on, despite their objection to Biden being elected as the President. But, unfortunately for them, the newly-elect President had other plans for them, and according to Slate, he fired three of his predecessors’ most unqualified and corrupt appointees. According to the outlet, Michael Pack, the head of the US Agency for Global Media; Kathleen Kraninger, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Peter Robb, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, were told to pack up and leave.
Biden has fired Michael Pack — the Trump appointee who, under Bannon’s tutelage, utterly gutted VOA and tried to make it into an authoritarian-style mouthpiece.— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) January 21, 2021
Good riddance. What a disgrace all these clowns have been. https://t.co/mD0xVp4OJJ
The agenda behind the terminations was to send a message, Mark Joseph Stern reports: "Biden will not tolerate hostile Trump holdovers in his administration, including those with time remaining in their terms." First, Biden terminated Kathleen Kraninger, who reportedly had no previous experience in consumer protection, but was appointed as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2018. Almost immediately after stepping into the role, she attempted to undermine the agency's role as a watchdog for the financial sector. She overturned a landmark rule that restricted predatory payday lending.
So glad this happened on Day One.— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) January 21, 2021
She then refused to enforce a federal law that safeguarded military personnel from a broad range of predatory lending and even passed a rule that allows debt collectors to literally harass American citizens with unending texts and emails demanding repayment in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. CFPB’s director was granted major independence by Congress as they blocked the President from terminating her over political disagreements, which would have protected her. However, the Supreme Court found this protection unconstitutional in 2020. As Kraninger supported the decision, she opened the doors for her own dismissal on Wednesday.
Joe Biden Is proof that you can have empathy and intelligence and still not put up with any bullshit.— BriBri #BidenHarris (@bmiriani) January 21, 2021
If the Supreme Court hadn't intervened, Kraninger would have been able to keep her position for as long as 2023. Then, Peter Robb was forced to resign. In 2017, Robb assumed his position as the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board. The board was created to enforce federal laws that gave workers the right to form a union and bargain collectively. It was strange that Robb -who is vehemently anti-union- was asked to take on this role. This, of course, reflected in his work, as he attempted to restrict employees’ free speech, allow managers greater opportunity to commit wage theft, weaken unions’ ability to collect dues and limit employers from helping workers unionize.
Trump filled the swamp until it almost washed away democracy. Now Biden is emptying it.— Snowflake In Chief (@SJDoubleYeah) January 21, 2021
Additionally, he amassed power in his office by demoting every regional director so as to take essentially total control of the NLRB. Finally, Michael Pack was sacked. Pack was appointed to head the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees the international broadcaster Voice of America, in June last year. Hi aimed to transform the agency into a propaganda machine for Trump. One of his first job after taking on the role was to purge the staff at VOA and its sister networks. He replaced these staff members with Trump loyalists and demanded pro-Trump coverage.
I’m so glad they hit the ground running. This is the first of many loyalists that needs to be replaced with a good, old fashioned civil servant.— dezyning mama (@dezyning_mom) January 21, 2021
There were people who were determined to do unbiased reporting on the Trump administration but they were swiftly and unconstitutionally punished for their actions. Most notably, Pack denied the renewal of visas for foreign reporters who covered news about their home countries, inevitably subjecting them to retribution by authoritarian regimes. He also replaced the board of the Open Technology Fund, which promotes international internet freedom, with Republican activists. The US Office of Special Counsel found a "substantial likelihood" that Pack had defied federal law and engaged in "gross mismanagement" following several whistleblower complaints.
Didn’t several journalists get fired? They need to be rehired if applicable.— AHeintz (@Kimsuesmom) January 21, 2021
Only eight months into what would have otherwise been a three-year term, Biden forced him to resign from his post. Pack noted in his resignation letter that his dismissal would "long be viewed as a partisan act." It quite does seem like Biden's office is making space for progressive rules by firing incapable and underqualified staff. It's not going to be easy for Biden to clean the place up, especially because Trump spent his presidency packing the federal government with Republicans eager to undermine the missions of the agencies they led. But, there's light at the end of the tunnel and we can all hope for a better future ahead.
Go Joe!!! Off to a great start🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸.— Jack Jamison (@Jack_Jamison_) January 21, 2021