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Fact-check: Did Biden admit that he’s governing like a ‘dictator’?

Last updated on February 1, 2021 1:22 pm

By Daniel Funke, PolitiFact.com

Jan 29, 2021

Charlie Kirk: Says that “Joe Biden admits he is governing like a ‘dictator.'”

PolitiFact’s ruling: False

Here’s why: Some outspoken critics of Joe Biden are using the president’s words against him to criticize the flurry of executive orders he signed after Inauguration Day.

In a Jan. 26 Instagram post, Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA, published a clip of Biden speaking on stage about executive action. Text over the video says: “Joe Biden admits he is governing like a ‘dictator.’”

“34+ Executive Orders in less than a week and we’re supposed to believe that *Trump* was the one who governed like a dictator?” Kirk wrote in a caption.

Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. It has more than 91,000 likes, and we’ve seen several similar posts get thousands of shares on Facebook.

Since taking office Jan. 20, Biden has published 21 executive orders aimed at undoing the policies of the Trump administration, not including proclamations and memoranda. We’ve seen several posts on Facebook that criticize Biden’s actions in light of his past comments about executive orders, so we wanted to take a closer look at this video.

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