Do you remember when Joe Biden and his friends in the corporate media promised he would be a beacon of civility and unity if we would just elect him president? Fast-forward to the end of July, and a Senate committee advanced to head up the Bureau of Land Management a Biden-selected eco-terrorist who once booby-trapped trees with spikes in a potentially murderous screw-you to the logging industry. Last week, Biden announced on live television that he intended to break his oath of office by violating the Constitution with another eviction moratorium.
In light of all the radicalism, it’s worth noting Stone-Manning and the embrace of lawlessness weren’t one-offs. As conservatives warned from the get-go, Biden has proved to be a Trojan horse for the ambitions of the party’s far-left faction, as his Cabinet picks and agency nominees testify.
Here are the top 10 most radical Biden nominees, in no particular order, that further reinforce this reality.
1. Tracy Stone-Manning
We’ve already touched on the eco-terrorist. Stone-Manning, whom Biden nominated to head the Bureau of Land Management and whose nomination the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced on July 22, took part in an Idaho tree-spiking incident in 1989.
Tree-spiking, a form of ecoterrorism indulged by some far-left environmental activists, features metal rods hammered into trees that turn into deadly projectiles when processed for logging. Intended to instill fear among people in the timber industry by setting traps of steel that explode on impact with a saw, this tactic has also injured firefighters who already face the dangerous job of extinguishing deadly wildfires.
“Contrary to many stories in the news, Ms. Stone-Manning was not an innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in this case. And she most certainly was not a hero,” wrote Retired Special Agent Michael Merkley or Stone-Manning’s involvement. “She was vulgar, antagonistic and extremely anti-government.”
2. David Chipman
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said confirming Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would be like putting “Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who survived a politically motivated shooting in 2017, called the nominee out for “alarming ignorance” and “clear anti-gun bias,” with Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida adding the pick is “no better than Beto O’Rourke.” Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins called David Chipman “unusually divisive,” and Sen. Ted Cruz blasted him over “disturbing” allegations of racism against black ATF agents and participation in Chinese propaganda.
They’re not wrong. Chipman, who clocked in 25 years at the ATF and is now a senior policy adviser at the anti-gun group Giffords and was formerly on the advisory council of Everytown for Gun Safety, admitted during a Senate committee hearing that he supports a ban on AR-15s, a modern sporting rifle that is ubiquitous in the United States. As a lobbyist, Chipman fought for handgun licensing and registration and universal background checks. In fact, thanks to gun-grabby politicians and would-be ATF director, Americans can’t get their hands on guns fast enough. Sales have been soaring at the prospect of a Chipman confirmation.
After news broke of Chipman’s appointment, the nominee locked his Twitter account, probably taking cues from other inflammatory Democrats whose Twitter conduct jeopardized their careers.
Chipman’s scorn for gun-owning Americans runs deep. In April, he compared first-time gun owners who purchased firearms during overbearing lockdowns to zombie preppers, and mocked them as being like Joe Exotic from “Tiger King.”
“Secure that gun locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet, and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear,” Chipman said.
During Senate testimony, Chipman refused to say whether he would prosecute the president’s son Hunter Biden for an illegal gun purchase — a gun Hunter later misplaced after his girlfriend tossed it in a trash can near a school. Speaking of misplacing guns, GOP senators have reason to believe Chipman lost his firearm as an ATF agent.
Chipman was also a case agent in the 1993 Branch Davidian compound siege in Waco, Texas, which resulted in 82 deaths. He has also falsely claimed that Waco cult members “used 2.5 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters.” Evidence from a Waco follow-up investigation showed no helicopters were shot down.
3. Catherine Lhamon
Biden nominated Catherine Lhamon to be assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, a post she held during the Obama administration, where she was in charge of enforcing Title IX against sex discrimination.
During her 2013-2017 stint there, however, Lhamon eroded due process rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses. She pressed schools to implement a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard and keep legal representation out of the process. For sexual misconduct cases, Lhamon also pushed universities to embrace an adjudication model that relied on a single campus administrator.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education blasted Lhamon, saying her Office for Civil Rights “gutted due process protections and violated the First Amendment.”
The office did so through so-called Dear Colleague letters, which are essentially excuses for unelected bureaucrats to legislate. The resulting campus kangaroo courts were so egregious that even some leftist icons condemned them. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously denounced them “for not giving the accused person a fair opportunity to be heard.”
As The Federalist’s Eddie Scarry wrote, Lhamon would change the due process standard, swapping “presumption of innocence for ‘possibility’ of innocence.”
4. Xavier Becerra
Biden nominated and the Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services, but that wasn’t Becerra’s first claim to infamy. Almost every GOP senator, except Collins, opposed Becerra’s confirmation due to his lack of qualifications or health experience, radical abortion positions, refusal to call for free and fair elections in Cuba after meeting with dictator Fidel Castro, and his promotion of Obamacare, gun control, open borders, and radical climate plans. Becerra has also advocated for a government takeover of health care and using taxpayer dollars to fund the health care of illegal foreign workers.
Among the most extreme items on Becerra’s resume is the now-secretary’s efforts when he was attorney general of California to sue the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor for refusing to comply with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate on religious grounds.
During his 24 years in Congress, Becerra voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, voted for taxpayer-funded abortions, and voted not to criminalize hurting an unborn child while committing a different crime. As California attorney general, Becerra took the torch from Kamala Harris and continued prosecuting undercover journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Becerra charged Daleiden with 15 felonies in 2017, the first time anyone in California had been criminally prosecuted for allegedly violating the state’s video recording law.
Before the Senate confirmed Becerra for his current post, 60 pro-life leaders sent a letter urging Senate committees to reject the radically pro-abortion nominee.
5. Rachel Levine
Before becoming the assistant secretary of health in the Biden administration, Rachel Levine was Pennsylvania’s health secretary. Levine, born Richard Levine, is the first transgender Senate-confirmed federal official after having begun identifying as a woman in 2011. Despite Levine’s denial of basic biology and unwillingness to condemn the genital mutilation of children, Biden has placed him at the helm of so-called public health.
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— Dr. Rachel Levine (@SecretaryLevine) January 24, 2020
Before being elevated to that role, Levine botched Pennsylvania’s COVID response. While relegating other elderly Pennsylvanians to the pandemic Petri dishes of nursing homes — where at the time of Levine’s Senate committee advancement, more than 12,600 of them had died — Levine removed his own mother from a care facility to keep her safe.
6. Deb Haaland
After completing just one term in the House of Representatives, Deb Haaland was tapped to lead the Biden administration’s Department of the Interior. Haaland, an extreme environmental activist who was dubbed “Green New Deal champion” by radical squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was one of the co-sponsors of the original legislation, which sought an overhaul of the American economy and rapid decarbonization.
In addition to opposing all oil and gas exploration on public property, an industry that provides 40 percent of the budget in her home state of New Mexico, Haaland has also said she’s “wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands.”
7. Pete Buttigieg
After his stint as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, then as a failed presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg was elevated to be the Biden administration’s secretary of transportation.
In addition to Mayor Pete’s performative clown show of riding his bicycle to Cabinet meetings (after being transported in entourages of black SUVs most of the way), a story that was never debunked despite what Facebook’s phony fact-checkers tell you, he’s also been known to shroud his anti-Christian views in flowery religious language.
The most radical thing about Buttigieg, however, isn’t his leftist sermonizing or his partner Chasten, it’s his support for late-term abortion of disabled children — another thing he pretends the Bible supports (it very much doesn’t).
On an episode of “The Breakfast Club Podcast” during his presidential campaign, Buttigieg defended abortion until the moment of birth. “There’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. And so even that is something that we can interpret differently,” Buttigieg claimed. “The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.”
He doubled down during an episode of “The View” a few months later, refusing to take a position against partial-birth abortion — in which a baby is partially delivered and then brutally killed — when confronted with the issue by Meghan McCain.
8. Alejandro Mayorkas
Alejandro Mayorkas, who insisted the massive surge of illegals over the southern border was not a crisis but a “challenge,” has more things to answer for.
Along with Becerra, Mayorkas, whom Biden tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security, assisted former President Bill Clinton’s “pardongate” scandal by lobbying for clemency for Carlos Vignali, a convicted cocaine trafficker whose father had contributed to Democrat campaigns.
“U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas provided critical support for the Vignali commutation that was inappropriate, given his position,” said a 2002 House Committee on Government Reform report. “Mayorkas supported the Vignali commutation despite his ignorance of the facts of the case and his knowledge that the prosecutors responsible for the Vignali case opposed clemency.”
Bruce Lindsey, a deputy White House counsel in the Clinton administration, testified that it was the influence of Mayorkas, who reached out to Lindsey after talking with Vignali’s father, that sold him on the commutation. Despite federal prosecutor Todd Jones’s warnings against clemency because the drug dealer was “bad news” and a “major player,” Mayorkas opted to meet with Vignali’s father to discuss a potential pardon.
“Over the next two years, Mayorkas would see Horacio Vignali at various community events and at several one-on-one meetings with Vignali,” the report stated.
9. Vanita Gupta
In April, the Senate confirmed Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general — but not before a handful of state attorneys general urged Biden to withdraw her nomination over dangerous and divisive policy preferences, specifically her support for defunding the police and the openly Marxist organization Black Lives Matter.
Gupta has specifically advocated for “community policing” and stripping police out of schools. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an interest group where Gupta was president, published a report calling for “end[ing] the use of police in schools as a solution to student discipline.”
“Police officers should have no role in student disciplinary matters,” it said.
Gupta allegedly said every institution in the United States is racist, a claim Sen. Tom Cotton addressed in her confirmation hearing and which Gupta did not deny. She was also forced to apologize for smearing Republicans on Twitter — if you can call admitting to “fall[ing] prey” to “harsh” rhetoric an apology.
10. Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris’s radicalism is enough to fill a book — or several volumes. And now the Kavanaugh-attacker, rioter-bailer, Russia hoaxer, anti-vaxxer (under Trump), border evader, and pro-baby-killer vice president is just one heartbeat away from leading the free world — which probably wouldn’t be free for long if she were president instead of puppet-master.