A slew of critical news coverage from the mainstream media and record-low approval polls are the latest evidence the United States is souring on President Joe Biden.
The New York Times published two pieces on Wednesday comparing Biden to former President Donald Trump despite the former building his administration on the promise he would be different than his controversial Republican predecessor.
The pieces cite Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the ongoing border crisis, pointing out his falling back on policies and decisions even he himself maligned while Trump was in office.
An article titled 'Biden Pushes Deterrent Border Policy After Promising ‘Humane’ Approach,' begins by reflecting on scenes that have surfaced this week of border agents on horseback forcefully rounding up and charging at migrants trying to cross the chest-deep waters of the Rio Grande.
'The images could have come straight from former President Donald J. Trump’s immigration playbook,' the news story notes.
That same day, a new Harvard/Harris poll indicated Trump, for the first time, has overtaken Biden in approval ratings for the first time since he lost the 2020 election.
Biden got some unflattering comparisons to President Trump from top media organizations this week while polls show American voters may like him less than the Republican
Biden has tried to distance himself from Trump's harsher border policies
It comes a day after the Washington Post's White House bureau chief slammed the president for shutting down questions from American reporters during the president's meeting Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Times's border story published on Wednesday points out that the Biden administration promised a more 'humane' approach to tackle immigration, but is ramping up its use of a Trump-era COVID rule to expel asylum-seeking migrants on the spot - specifically, to clear some 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants out from an encampment under the Del Rio bridge in Texas.
'The deportations are a stark example of how Mr. Biden... is deploying some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by Mr. Trump over the past four years,' the story claims.
It quotes Latino civil rights leader Marisa Franco, 'The question that’s being asked now is: How are you actually different than Trump?'
An op-ed published the same day is topped with a scathing headline aimed at Biden: 'The UnTrump Presidency Slams Into Trumpness.'
'Biden isn’t drawing an emphatic enough contrast with Trump,' author Frank Bruni writes, observing that Biden's deportation of Haitian migrants has invoked comparisons to his predecessor.
Biden's handling of the border crisis prompted one immigration advocate to ask: 'How are you actually different than Trump?'
'The kind of border bedlam attributed to Trump’s incompetence and insensitivity has returned and once again dominates the news,' Bruni writes.
Bruni also notes Biden's decision to withdraw the US military from Afghanistan by August 31 caught allies by surprise.
'He pulled out of Afghanistan without the degree of consultation, coordination and competence that allies expected, at least of any American president not named Trump,' he writes
With the abandonment of thousands of Afghan allies, Bruni said, Biden also failed to live up to the empathetic image he's